INSP Awards: Presenting the 2019 Best Cultural Feature Finalists

As the 2019 INSP Awards draws closer, we’re bringing you the Finalists in each category over this week and next, and we’re continuing today by announcing the Top 5 Entries for Best Cultural Feature.

INSP Awards: The 2019 Best News Feature Finalists are here

As the excitement continues to build for the 2019 INSP Awards, we will be announcing the Finalists in each category over the next fortnight – starting today with the Top 5 Entries for Best News Feature.

INSP launches public vote for People’s Cover Award to mark 25th anniversary

INSP is inviting members of the public to vote for their favourite street paper cover to mark its 25th anniversary. The People’s Cover Award sees 25 street paper covers, all nominees at previous INSP Awards, battle it out to be crowned the public’s favourite. Voting is open until Wednesday 19 June when the winner will be revealed at the INSP Awards ceremony held in Hannover.

Our vendors: Giuseppe Scognamiglio (Scarp de’ tenis, Naples, Italy)

Giuseppe has been working as a Scarp de ‘tenis vendor for five years in Naples, Italy. After experiencing a difficult period in his life, which was triggered by the death of his wife, Giuseppe found Scarp de ‘tenis and was able to make a new start. He’s grateful for the financial security that his work gives him and is delighted to have fallen in love again: with music.

“You have to wait in line constantly”

Portland’s Street Roots has a periodic column about the parts of homelessness most people don’t talk about. Here, vendors talk about how they’re “spending a hell of a lot of time” waiting around.

Vendor City Guide: Fremantle

Street paper vendors have been giving the inside scoop on the cities they know best. Here, The Big Issue Australia vendor Raylene talks about Fremantle.

INSP Awards: Announcing the 2019 Best Cover Finalists

From 78 entries, we’re down to the final five – it’s time to reveal the Best Cover Finalists for the 2019 INSP Awards.

Our vendors: Dodge Dawson (The Big Issue, London, UK)

The Big Issue has been part of Dodge Dawson’s life for many years and he’s always found his way back to the magazine. He credits the magazine with helping him to increase his confidence and to learn new skills. After being helped by so many people in his life, Dodge now volunteers with Street Vets and the NHS in addition to working as a Big Issue vendor. He wants to give something back in return for all of the help that he’s received from others.

Voting matters in Europe too: An interview with FEANTSA director Freek Spinnewijn

As the European Parliament elections approach this week, Hus Forbi spoke to Freek Spinnewijn, director of FEANTSA, the European organisation fighting to end homelessness. He talks about the importance of the coming vote in relation to tackling homelessness across member states, and why this particular European election matters more than ever.

Vendor City Guide: Canberra

Street paper vendors have been giving the inside scoop on the cities they know best. Here, The Big Issue Australia vendor Luceil talks about Canberra.

Vendor City Guide: Brisbane

Street paper vendors have been giving the inside scoop on the cities they know best. Here, The Big Issue Australia vendor Jeromy talks about Brisbane.

Street Roots vendors and attorneys partner for expungement pilot

The homeless community has long been the target of police action and prosecution, often creating an insurmountable backlog of tickets and non-violent misdemeanors that can effectively shut people off from safe housing, education and jobs, and perpetuating cycles of poverty. Portland’s Street Roots partnered with other organisations on a project aimed at helping vendors attain a clean slate.