INSP Awards: 2018 Best News Feature Nominees Revealed

We’re delighted to announce the first set of nominees for the INSP Awards 2018 today, and we’re kicking off with the Top 10 Entries for Best News Feature.

Our Best News Feature Award recognises the best original story, investigative feature, ‘scoop’ or news interview uncovered by a street paper in the last year. The nominated entries demonstrate outstanding journalistic depth and accuracy, as well as original thinking.

Our Awards for Best News Feature and Best Cultural Feature are drawn from contributions to our unique News Service, which allows street papers to share content with their international peers and makes hundreds of articles freely available for republication within the network.

Our top ten, featured below, now go forward to our editorial shortlisting panel, who will choose the five finalists. These will be announced in early August, and the winner will be revealed at the Global Street Paper Summit in Glasgow.

The Nominees:

1. Asphalt, Germany

Death by cold
By Volker Macke


Over the last 25 years, around 300 people have frozen to death in Germany. Most recently, in November, a homeless Polish man perished in the cold in Hannover. Hannover Medical School Forensic Scientist, Dr. Detlef Günther explains how this happens.

2. Big Issue North, UK

Parts of the process
By Sophie Haydock

Big Issue North

Without your body parts, who are you? Well, possibly richer – or in jail. In this excellent feature exploring how our physical presence relates to our identity, Sophie Haydock does the sum of her parts.

3. Faktum, Sweden

Me Too founder Tarana Burke: “This is a battle we can win and the achievement will be for the good of mankind”
By Sandra Pandevski


When Tarana Burke was six years old, she was raped by the son of her mother’s best friend. Ten years ago, the activist founded Me Too in order to support young black girls and, in 2017, the hashtag #metoo has become a buzzword around major parts of the world.

4. Faktum, Sweden

Rape: case closed
By Johan Frisk


In Sweden, more and more rapes are being reported to police, but almost all investigations are closed. You can appeal – but is there any point when the number of prosecutions are declining? Out of every thousand rapes, only one leads to a conviction. In this longform, investigative piece, Faktum shows that substandard police work, non-compliance routines and incompetence are some of the reasons. Rape victims are left on their own.

5. Hecho en Bs. As., Argentina

Organic food: a word of mouth revolution
By Vivi Vallejos

Hecho en Bs. As.

More and more people are saying no to supermarkets; no to food with pesticides; no to food that doesn’t respect nature, destroys soil and only really nourishes the monopoly of the agro-food industry. Hecho en Bs. As. discovered a movement in Argentina that insists that eating is a political act.

6. L’Itinéraire, Canada

From foster child to foster father
By Yves Manseau


During his youth, Yves Manseau experienced abuse, homelessness, and spent time in both juvenile detention and foster care. Here, he looks back on his formative years and reflects on the joy that he has found as a parent.

7. Megaphone, Canada

Challenging a reductive narrative
By Samaah Jaffer


‘Islamophobia’ has become a prominent term in the public sphere in recent years. At the same time, Muslims have increasingly become victims of hostility, harassment and vitriol. It is vitally important that action is taken to tackle the problem.

8. Mi Valedor, Mexico

Xochiquétzal goddesses
By Paula García

Mi Valedor

In Aztec mythology, Xochiquétzal [‘maiden’] is a goddess associated with female sexuality, beauty and fertility. She is also a guardian of young mothers and a supporter of crafts practised by women. Her name is invoked at Casa Xochiquétzal in Mexico City; a hostel that offers support to elderly female sex workers in need.

9. Sorgenfri, Norway

Fighting for a Norwegian future
By Trond Ola Tilseth


Afghan student Hussein Kahn is one of 230 young refugees at the Unit for Adult Learning in Trondheim. The teachers try to prepare boys and girls from Somalia, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Eritrea and Syria to join mainstream Norwegian schools. But how are they supposed to be integrated into Norwegian society when they have no Norwegian classmates?

10. Surprise, Switzerland

The Stoic in the Pamir Mountains
By Mario Heller


Murghob in Tajikistan was once part of the Soviet Union. Since the opening of the border with China, this region of 7,000 people has been flooded with cheap goods and the dream of western tourism remains elusive. Murghob is a place that has been forgotten by its own government.


For INSP Members, all of these features can be found on the News Service. Don’t forget to keep checking back over the next week as we reveal more nominees in the Editorial categories for the INSP Awards 2018, and use the hashtag #INSPAwards on social media to congratulate our nominees!