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INSP Awards: Best Vendor Contribution 2017 Nominees

The final set of nominees are here – have a look to see who’s made the top ten in the Best Vendor Contribution category.

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INSP Awards: Discover our Best News Feature Nominees for 2017

This year’s nominees for Best News Feature are in – take a look at the stories that have captured our imagination and made the longlist.

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INSP Awards: Best Street Paper Design 2017 Nominees

All this week, we’re announcing the nominees for the 2017 INSP Awards – and today it’s the top ten in the Best Design category.

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INSP Awards: Best Cover 2017 Nominees Revealed

It’s been another brilliant year for street paper covers, and we’re delighted to announce the first set of nominees for this year’s INSP Awards – kicking off with the hotly-contested Best Cover category.

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After 27 years of homelessness, Nashville street paper vendor gets his own apartment

Army veteran Anthony hasn’t had a home to call his own for 27 years. But after seven years’ hard work selling The Contributor, he finally has his own place.

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Formerly homeless woman leads street backpack programme in Nashville

After Hurricane Ivan, Jessica Thurmond lost her home and was forced to live in her car. Jessica found help through the kindness of strangers – and now she wants to pay that compassion forward.

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Our vendors: Vickie (The Contributor, East Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Vickie is currently homeless and battling cancer for the second time. She sells The Contributor to provide for her family.

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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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Contributor vendor donates paper profits to East Tennessee wildfire victims

Formerly homeless vendor Mario spread some kindness with a donation to the victims of the devastating East Tennessee fires. Mario saved three days of street paper sales to give to the official victim fund.

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Vendor wishes: “I want to be a law-changer, a difference-maker”

Today, as part of our vendor wishes series, we visit Vicky who sells The Contributor in Tennessee. She has big plans for the new year…

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Six million sales and counting for Nashville street paper The Contributor

Nashville weekly paper The Contributor launched in 2007 and has since trained more than 2,800 people to be vendors. They’ve just hit six million sales.

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Homelessness and affordable housing missing from the US presidential campaign trail

With under a week to go until American voters cast their vote for a new president, neither candidates have touched on the growing poverty and homelessness issues facing more than 500,000 U.S. citizens.

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Vendors’ pitches turned into offices for viral #BossNotBum campaign

This fantastic awareness-raising campaign from The Contributor in Nashville highlights a very important point about street paper vendors.

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Hard-hitting, striking… phizz-whizzing: it’s June’s street paper covers

A gloriumptious look at the world of Roald Dahl, a red-haired mischief-maker, a mafia flower plot and Yanis Varoufakis at the INSP Summit… explore June’s street paper covers.

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Street papers agree key to successful campaigns lies with vendors

Today in Athens, INSP delegates agreed that putting vendors at the heart of campaigns can have maximum impact in influencing change and challenging perceptions.

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INSP Awards: trailblazing finalists compete for Best Campaign

The entries in this year’s INSP Awards Best Campaign category have been innovative, powerful and trailblazing. Discover how our five finalists have been impacting change to support the most marginalised and vulnerable members of their communities.

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INSP Awards: meet our finalists for Best Vendor Contribution to a street paper

From an insight into life on the streets to a gripping personal account of the Gulf War, discover our six finalists for Best Vendor Contribution in this year’s INSP 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: Street paper vendors’ writing, art and photography vies for international prize

Street paper vendors face multiple barriers to having to their voice heard, but INSP street papers are a powerful platform. These are some of the best vendor contributions in the last year.

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INSP Awards: discover the top 10 street paper covers for 2015/16

From the political to the cultural – and Beyoncé to Jesus Christ – the range of hard-hitting and beautiful covers nominated for the INSP Awards underscores the creativity in our network.

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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 photo nominees offer insight and empathy

Featuring vendors’ makeshift homes, tender moments and even ‘knights of the country road’, the nominees for Best Photograph at the INSP Awards show the ability of street papers to offer their readers a different point of view.

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The Contributor’s first fundraising breakfast a “smashing success”

Vendor Mary B was the star of The Contributor’s first-ever fundraising breakfast, telling assembled dignitaries, “This is my job, and it saved my life.”

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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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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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Starting 2016 with street papers: January’s covers collected

Haruki Murakami, Beyonce and Bowie all graced January editions of street papers.

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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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Bold #VendorWeek 2016 campaign launched by INSP

This year’s campaign tells vendors’ stories in a challenging and surprising way.

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Explore dozens of this month’s brilliant street paper covers

The Pope, Bond, Naomi Klein, great illustrations… and a blue wolf. It must be November’s street paper covers.

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Our vendors: Brianna C. (The Contributor, Nashville, USA)

“I loved being in the Army. It taught me how to survive and it taught me a new job,” says The Contributor vendor Brianna. On Veterans Day, she tells us her story from the Gulf War.

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In his car or on the floor of a friend’s house, homeless artist Michael G always finds room to paint

We often think about the difficulty homeless people have in finding somewhere to sleep. But for homeless artists, like The Contributor vendor Michael G, finding a place to be creative is also a huge challenge.

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Nashville proposes law that would outlaw The Contributor’s main distribution method

The Contributor editor Skip Anderson writes about how a ‘public-safety’ ordinance could be a danger to their paper and their vendors’ ability to make a living.

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Our vendors: Octavia Peck (The Contributor, Nashville, USA)

Are you an optimist? “I’m a determinist. I can’t give up,” says Octavia, who sells The Contributor in Nashville.

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Jack White’s favourite Third Man Records event? The Contributor’s homeless poetry reading

Nashville street paper The Contributor partnered with Jack White’s Third Man Records to stage a poetry reading and publish a book of their vendors’ writing.

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Check out these amazing street paper covers from September

INSP supports more than 100 street papers across the world. Here are a selection of our favourite international covers over the last month…

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Street paper vendor lands role in hit US TV series Nashville

Tim, a vendor for The Contributor in Nashville, Tennessee, talks about how he landed a role as an extra in the hit America TV drama, Nashville. Now six years sober, he’s happy to be playing an Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor in the popular show, which has close connections with the city’s street paper.

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Vendor writing: A Late Dinner With My Son

“Our voices matter,” said Jennifer Alexander, a vendor for The Contributor in Nashville whose poignant poem A Late Dinner With My Son won best Vendor Contribution at the INSP Awards 2015. Read it here.

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Finding forgiveness on death row

In a powerful story about redemptive forgiveness, The Contributor interviews a woman who is reconciling her mother’s death at the hands of her father. Amanda Haggard’s story explores the limits of forgiveness, and how one woman learned to let go of the most painful experience of her life.

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Check out The Contributor vendors on canvas

A painter in Nashville has raised money and awareness for his local street paper, INSP member The Contributor, by painting portraits of its vendors for a charity exhibition. When Ryan Wagner moved to Nashville two […]