|Pictured: Michaela Gründler, Apropos,
Austria; Frank Dries, Straatnieuws, Netherlands
Following on from the successful German street paper conference in April this year (read more), German language street paper representatives once again gathered, this time for an ‘Ideas Day’, on the 8th October, as part of the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.
The event was organised by Beatrice Gerst (Trott-War), Director of the German-Speaking platform of street papers; Gaby Sohl – Member of the ‘Die Tageszeitung’ chief editorial team (Daily newspaper); and Dr Lutz Meyer – Managing Director of Scholz & Friends (PR company).
Key discussion points were:
How can the effectiveness of street papers be improved?
What can be done to address the lack of interest in homelessness and poverty outside the Christmas period?
Brainstorming new ideas for street papers
Cooperation with newspaper editorial teams
Incorporation of content from ‘established’ media
Publication of manuscripts that have yet to be published
Cooperation with publishers to enable parts of the work of very popular authors to be printed in advance
Training courses for street paper editorial employees, provided by Klara School of Journalism
Lobbying of EU institutions
Formation of pools, e.g. on title formats, printing
The group agreed on the importance of continuing activities beyond the 2010 European Year, since street papers offer people an opportunity to find their own ways of escaping the risks of poverty and exclusion.