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Podcast: Media Voices speaks to INSP members about the street paper movement

Peter Houston of Flipping Pages Media interviews INSP members about the current challenges facing street papers.

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INSP Awards: 2017 Winners Announced!

Find out who took home the 12 coveted awards at the 2017 INSP Awards, held in Manchester, UK.

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INSP Awards: 2017 Best Photo Finalists Revealed

Our top five snaps have been chosen – we present to you our Best Photo finalists for 2017!

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Our vendors: Rose Gascon (Real Change, Seattle, USA)

Rose moved to the US from the Philippines and she has been through some big changes in her life. But working with Real Change has finally made her life change for the better.

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INSP Awards: The Best Photo Nominees for 2017 are here!

Our snap-happy street papers have offered up hundreds of impressive images this year, and we’ve got the top ten all developed and ready to go!

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‘Rapid rehousing’ scheme brings joy – and money worries – for Seattle vendor

After five years of homelessness, Real Change vendor Lisa Sawyer finally got somewhere to live with her boyfriend. Now it looks like her new home may be slipping away. 

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Our vendors: Rachel Reynolds (Real Change, Seattle, Washington, USA)

Rachel loves her home city of Seattle, but also feels a strong connection to Montana – she named her beloved Chihuahua-terrier puppy after a city there. When she’s not selling Real Change, or advocating for people with disabilities and service dogs, she likes to make balloon animals and even perform as a clown.

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Real Change leads rally against hate in exceptional year of uncertainty

Seattle street paper Real Change has made a passionate call-to-arms to its readers and supporters to join them in protesting against hate against the backdrop of Donald Trump’s first days as U.S. president.

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Homeless activist launches world’s newest street paper in Colorado Springs

“The idea came from being hungry – the desire came from wanting to fight.” Currently homeless in Colorado Springs, Raven Canon is a campaigner and the founder of the world’s newest street paper. We caught up with her just after she published the first edition of The Springs Echo.

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Our vendors: Mellie Kaufman (Real Change, Seattle, Washington, USA)

Selling the paper helps with the basics like bills and food, but also helps vendor Mellie Kaufman to feel better about herself and her life. “”Before I sold Real Change, I felt like I was nothing. Now, I feel better,” she says.

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“How will you reach out to people like me?” street papers respond to President Trump

International street paper staff and vendors responded with surprise and apprehension following the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the USA.

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Our vendors: Valerie Williams (Real Change, Seattle, USA)

Becoming homeless came as a shock to Valerie Williams. But thanks to the support of Real Change, she now has her own place and has recently worked as a paid intern with the street paper, helping her fellow vendors.

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October global street paper covers get scary

Between Halloween and Trump, there’s a frighteneing vibe on this month’s international street paper covers. Thank god for Street Cat Bob…

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Prophets of Rage to Bridget Jones – September street paper supporters

There’s support from big name stars featured on this month’s covers – but also stark reminders of why street papers are so necessary for homeless people.

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VIDEO: “Real Change means real community”

Real Change vendor Shelly Cohen stars in a new film by Facing Homelessness. He talks about what Seattle street paper Real Change has meant to him, and his love of bowling.

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Olympic fever gripped world’s street papers this August

August’s street paper covers have the Olympic spirit, featuring ‘cuddly lawnmowers’, a homeless wedding, Steven Spielberg, and a cheeky little bit of rickrolling.

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Success of unique cooperative newspaper proves “truth still sells” in Greece

How many journalists does it take to produce one of Greece’s most trusted and successful daily newspapers? The editor of Efimerida ton Syntakton (The Journalists’ Paper) explains how his unique cooperative of over 100 journalists is thriving in Greece.

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INSP Awards 2016 winners revealed in Athens

The winners of the INSP Awards 2016 were announced tonight in Athens during a glamorous celebration of excellence and innovation in street papers worldwide. Discover who took home the top awards.

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INSP Awards: finalists revealed for best cultural writing in street papers

With just over one week to go until our winners are revealed during the Global Street Paper Summit in Athens, meet our fantastic finalists for street paper cultural reporting.

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Campaigning and celebrating with April’s street paper covers

The mood in the network feels celebratory this April, with some big anniversaries and some big names. Street paper covers applaud some true heroes – including Luke Skywalker, Korean escapees, and our vendors.

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INSP Awards: best cultural writing from street papers 2015/16

Johnny Rotten vies with Taylor Swift, Pixar takes on a former prima ballerina, and roller derby fans echo Gloria Steinem’s feminism… it can only be the best of street paper cultural reporting!

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INSP Awards: best street paper reporting from 2015/16

A Papal audience, an incredible story of a family reunited & a Serbian street paper reaching out to refugees: just the beginning of our Best News Feature nominees.

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March’s covers reveal the power of illustration

From fierce illustrations to wild covers, experience dozens of the world’s best street paper artwork from the last month.

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Our vendors: Robert Heath (Real Change, Seattle)

Robert Heath sells Real Change in Seattle. Previously he served in Desert Storm and the second Iraq War. He suffers from PTSD and MS, yet he stays busy selling the street paper.

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Rock gods to proud vendors: February’s street paper covers are out of this world

From rock gods to proud vendors, February’s street paper covers featured lots of fascinating and inspiring people. Explore the world’s street papers here.

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Street paper convert starts documentary mission

A passionate street paper convert, explains how a meeting with a Real Change vendor, and volunteering at INSP’s Global Street Paper Summit in Seattle, has inspired him to undertake a creative journey.

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Street papers put £23.4 million in the pockets of world’s most disadvantaged

New figures reveal the impact of INSP street papers across the world. Statistics released for #VendorWeek show 23.5 million street papers were sold last year.

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Early birds from 10 countries snap up places at 2016 Global Street Paper Summit

Delegates from 10 countries are already registered to attend the international gathering of street papers in Athens – the only event of its kind in the world.

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Street papers have Christmas wrapped up with festive projects

From special editions and calendars to funky bespoke gift wrap, we discover how street papers around the world are helping vendors increase their Christmas sales, give thanks to their customers and to truly enjoy the festive season.

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Check out December’s festive street papers!

We’ve got Santas galore on this month’s covers! Plus lots of kitties, gingerbread houses, elves, snowmen… and glitter.

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Our vendors: Lavina Hillman (Real Change, Seattle)

“Real Change is the only no-questions-asked program. No discrimination,” says Lavina who sells the street paper Real Change in Seattle. Read more about her story here.

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Cardboard canvas

In 2014, American artist Willie Baronet drove from New York to Seattle buying the signs homeless people use to panhandle in what has become an ongoing art project. He spoke to INSP’s Seattle member Real Change about breaking down barriers and stereotypes with ‘We Are All Homeless’.

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Vendor talk: “Take off your shoes and come inside”

During the INSP Global Street Paper 2015 in Seattle, Henrik Søndergaard Pedersen, who sells Hus Forbi in Copenhagen, Denmark, met Sharon Jones, a vendor for Seattle street paper Real Change to discuss the challenges and rewards of selling street papers.

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How street papers produce big stories from small newsrooms

During #INSP2015 editors and reporters from Real Change and Hus Forbi led a discussion about how street papers can produce exceptional reporting with fewer resources.

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Penniless payments: street papers adapt to digital purchase trends

Find out how street papers around the world are exploring ways to utilize cashless payments to adapt to the growing consumer demand for digitization.

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“We are changing the world” Seattle welcomes #INSP2015

The city of Seattle welcomes street paper delegates from around the world to toast the start of INSPired Together: Global Street Paper Summit 2015.

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Real Change launches cashless payment app with Google

Seattle street paper Real Change has partnered with tech giant Google to launch an app that allows customers to pay for their paper digitally and have it delivered straight to their phones.

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Our vendors: Robert Smith – Real Change, Seattle, USA

Being homeless “makes you count your blessings for the little things, just to wash, wash your teeth, take a shower. When you’re homeless, these things are all taken away from you.”

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Real Change turns 20: Seattle Street Paper Celebrates

Real Change celebrated two decades in print yesterday with a fundraising breakfast that brought in more than $103K to support their work with homeless and low-income people. Started in 1994 by Timothy Harris, the paper […]

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“We are a movement built upon love” – celebrating 20 years of INSP

Real Change director Tim Harris’ address to street papers at INSP’s 2014 Summit: “We need to be practical prophets.”