INSP Awards: Discover the 2017 Best News Feature Finalists

Today we unveil the shortlist for our Best News Feature category in this year’s INSP Awards.

INSP’s Awards for Best News Feature and Best Cultural Feature are drawn from contributions our unique News Service, which allows street papers to share content with their international peers.

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 shortlisting panel have had the tough task of picking the top five from the nominees.

Our finalists are displayed below, and have gone forward to our international editorial judging panel, who have chosen the winner. The winning feature will be revealed later this month at the Global Street Paper Summit in Manchester, during the Awards Ceremony.

The Finalists:

Faktum, Sweden


Pia has found a home – and is saving millions for Gothenburg

By Johan Frisk

Almost 1,500 people in Gothenburg are classified as “emergency homeless”. One third of these are children. This year, the municipality will pay almost one billion Swedish kronor to give them a roof over their heads. The cost is not just economic – families with children are forced to live in hostels or small single hotel rooms for months on end. Faktum investigates the new homelessness industry in their home city – and the possible solution from Housing First.

Hinz&Kunzt, Germany


Love and loss: surviving the Holocaust

By Birgit Müller

The Nazis took everything from Leon Shulkin; his family, his home, his future. Yet they couldn’t break the man from Minsk. Love saved this Holocaust survivor. He tells the story of his eventful, moving life.

Sorgenfri, Norway


Sniffing out the top canine sleuths for Norway’s police force

By Trond Ola Tilseth

The police force in the Norwegian town of Trøndelag is trying to increase the number of drug sniffer dogs. It is easier said than done – only two out of ten dogs make it through the rigorous training.

Surprise, Switzerland


Refugee couple fight to be reunited for their wedding

By Dominik Galliker

In December 2015 Laila, a refugee from Yemen, and Toufik, a Moroccan looking for a better life, went to the immigration office to get papers for their wedding. Instead the young couple were separated. He was arrested and deported. Surprise tells the story of their fight to be reunited.

The Big Issue Korea

The Big Issue Korea

Comfort Women: the Korean victims behind Japanese military sexual slavery

By Seong-Cheol Bae

In July 1942, Ok-Sun Lee was 16 years old. Whilst out on an errand she was abducted in broad daylight by the Japanese military and held as a sex slave or ‘comfort woman’. She was one of an estimated 400,000 Korean women who were victims of Japanese military sexual slavery during the country’s period of colonisation. She spoke to Big Issue Korea at one of the ‘Wednesday Demonstrations’ in Seoul, where the remaining Comfort Women are still searching for an apology from the Japanese government.

Don’t forget to keep checking back this week and next as we reveal more finalists for the 2017 #INSPAwards. Take a look at the nominees we’ve already announced here.