UK-based street paper Big Issue North launches news app

Big Issue North has launched a news app which will feature stories from the north of England based magazine, social news organisations and other street papers. The long in development Street News is free to download and offers a monthly subscription service.

Surprise’s Zeynab Ahmed – from Somalia to Switzerland

Thirteen years ago, Zeynab Ahmed, 31, fled Somalia after living in fear under the threat of the terrorist militia al-Shabaab. She has since built a life for herself: she lives with her husband and children in Münchenstein, Switzerland and sells Surprise. She sees her future as being in Switzerland but would dearly love to see her mother in Somalia one last time.

Vicky Tauli-Corpuz on her lifelong fight to empower Indigenous peoples and have their rights recognised by governments

Vicky Tauli-Corpuz (of the Kankanaey Igorot community) went from organising Indigenous people in the Philippines to working with the UN to set up a framework for protecting Indigenous rights globally. A former UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, she spoke to INSP about Indigenous sovereignty, environmental conservation, and what gives her hope as the struggle continues. Also on the board of directors of Indigenous guardianship advocacy group Nia Tero, she recently featured in a poster campaign profiling female Indigenous leaders from communities across the world.

The United Streets of America: Memphis’s student run street paper The Bridge

Memphis’s The Bridge is unique within the street paper network as it is entirely student run. Founded in 2013 by three Rhodes College students, it was inspired by nearby Nashville’s own street paper The Contributor. Here, the two collide, as The Contributor’s Maggie Youngs chatted to The Bridge executive team member Emma Figarsky about how it all works.

WATCH: INSP and street paper staff discuss their work and its impact on panel hosted by Society of Professional Journalists

‘Empowering The Poor: Street Newspapers and their Global Impact’ was panel hosted by the Society of Journalists on Wednesday 18 August. Moderated by founder of Real Change and INSP board member Tim Harris, the discussion included members of staff from INSP and its associated member publications. Watch the panel again here.

Thriving Peoples, Thriving Places: Poster campaign highlights the contributions of Indigenous women to global biodiversity

INSP has partnered with Nia Tero, a non-profit which works with Indigenous communities to promote their work and culture, and social art and design lab Amplifier to make available posters profiling a group of female Indigenous leaders from communities across the world. The campaign launches today to mark International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

Outgoing Street Roots editor Joanne Zuhl: “Seeing how far we’ve come is heartwarming. It’s a testament to the hundreds of vendors and volunteers, writers and readers who believed in our mission”

As she prepares to leave the Portland street paper after more than 18 years at the helm, Street Roots editor Joanne Zuhl talked to INSP about her lengthy stint leading one of the street paper network’s most established publications and where she leaves the paper after one of the most unpredictable years of her tenure.

As the Olympics come to Tokyo, Big Issue Japan vendors share their thoughts on the event and sporting memories

This year’s Olympics arrives in Tokyo despite an ongoing pandemic and outrage from some of the city’s residents. Often those at the fringes of society are forgotten about when mammoth sporting events like this begin. The Big Issue Japan asked some of its vendors to share their thoughts on the approaching games and also their own personal sporting memories and achievements.

“Scotland does not identify with its Blackness”: Soul musician and activist Joseph Malik channels Scotland’s Black voices

Joseph Malik spoke at the head of Black Lives Matter protests in Edinburgh last year as people marched against systemic racism. Since, the formerly homeless singer has had a stroke and made an album that filters the rage of Scotland’s Black community into soulful music.

How do you say “S-h-e-d-i-a” in English? Greek street paper publishes first English edition

Sea, sun, fun and solidarity. Shedia’s new venture, the summer English-edition of the Greek street paper, is hitting the streets of Athens, offering – among other things – visitors a unique guide to responsible tourism in Greece.

Street Roots vendor Chris Drake: “Treat me like any other man”

Portland street paper vendor Chris Drake discusses misconceptions about trans people and what visibility means to him.

Europe Day: Solidarity in a time of separation

9 May marks the anniversary of a speech by Robert Schuman, a French statesman who was one of the founders of what we recognise today as Europe, where he called for solidarity across borders. In this time of political division, and one even more divided by pandemic-imposed lockdowns, remembering this helps highlight efforts and achievements across Europe which contribute to making it a more inclusive, more democratic, more culturally aware, better place to live. The European Cultural Foundation is hoping to turn 9 May – what it’s billed as Europe Day – into a continent-wide holiday of togetherness. Few groups represent this kind of cohesion and unity as the street paper network.