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Fab Feb Front Pages: A round-up of this month’s street paper covers

Find out what cover stories have been making a splash on the streets around the world this month.

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Magic Hour: Curbside Chronicle vendors document golden moments through disposables

Vendors of The Curbside Chronicle documented their lives through a disposable camera photo essay with a magic hour theme for the Oklahoma street paper’s 55th issue, with some stunning results.

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September’s street papers: The best of this month’s covers

We’ve rounded up the best of the street paper covers we’ve seen being sold on the streets this September.

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Covers Galore: Rounding-up August’s street paper front pages

Fiction, food, festivals and fun – here’s our round-up of street papers covers this month.

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Passion projects: Curbside Chronicle vendors on their hobbies

Curbside Chronicle vendors don’t just sell magazines. Although that’s probably what you’ll catch our green-vested sales force doing in public, it’s only one facet of their lives. Vendors love movies, sports and art just like anyone else. When vendors transition back into housing, it not only creates more opportunities for stability and comfort but also allows them to pursue their hobbies. From painting and drawing to tabletop gaming and leather work, here’s what some of our vendors do in their free time.

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Summer Front Pages: A round-up of July’s street paper covers

Here’s our round-up of the bold, bright and beautiful covers being sold on the streets this July.

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Covers, Covers, Covers: We round-up the recent street paper front pages

We recently crowned the winner of our People’s Cover Award – find out who took home the top prize, and take a look at the other covers making a splash and being sold by our vendors around the world.

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INSP Awards: 2019 Winners Announced!

The winners of the 2019 INSP Awards have been revealed at the official Awards Ceremony, as part of the Global Street Paper Summit in Hannover, Germany.

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Read The Curbside Chronicle’s ‘Ghost Bikes’ feature named 2019 Special News Service Award winner

To mark the 2019 INSP Awards, we are diving into the INSP Archive to bring you the pieces crowned with editorial honours. Oklahoma City’s The Curbside Chronicle published its ‘Ghost Bikes’ photo essay last year during National Bike Month and is now the recipient of this year’s Special News Service Award.

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INSP Awards: Announcing the Best Partnership 2019 Finalists

It’s time to reveal the final set of 2019 INSP Awards Finalists, with the Top 6 entries up for our new award honouring Best Partnership.

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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.

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INSP Awards: the 2019 Best Photograph Nominees are here

Say cheese…it’s time for us to announce the Best Photograph Nominees for the INSP Awards 2019!

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INSP Awards: Announcing the 2019 Nominees for Best Design

This award acknowledges excellence in street paper design – find out who’s made the Top 10.

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INSP Awards: Announcing the 2019 Best News Feature Nominees

We’re delighted to reveal the first set of nominees for the INSP Awards 2019 today, and we’re kicking off with the Top 10 Entries for Best News Feature.

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What vendors eat

Helping readers get to know our vendors is a big motivator for putting together street papers. For this story, The Curbside Chronicle asked vendors to document a week’s worth of meals with a food diary, curious to know more about what vendors are eating. They photographed a single day of meals from several participants. The results were mixed — everything from multiple visits to soup kitchens to eating nothing at all. But one thing was clear, most vendors experience significant food insecurity. Hopefully this piece helps illustrate how poverty affects people and what they eat every day.

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Curbside vendors Mark and Rene tie the knot

Curbside Chronicle vendors Mark and Rene got married last year, and now the Oklahoma City street paper wants to share what everyone missed from their wedding. Here’s the recap featuring everything from wedding cupcakes to the first dance.

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Feeling the Love: A look at February’s street paper covers

Some LOVEly covers have caught our eye this month – here’s our February round-up of front pages.

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Festive Front Pages: A round-up of covers, calendars and books being sold on the streets this Christmas

With the festive season in full swing and Christmas Day less than a week away, we take a moment to cast our eye over the street papers, calendars, books and other goodies on sale by vendors during December.

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A round-up of November’s street paper covers

As the festive season approaches and we prepare to open the first door of our advent calendars, time to take a look back at the street paper covers that have been sold by our vendors in 34 countries around the world during November.

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Paws everything: Curbside vendors share what their furry friends mean to them

The editors of The Curbside Chronicle make room in every issue to share personal stories from Curbside vendors, as their goal to document the challenges of homelessness. Homelessness can be an extremely difficult path and going it alone is never easy, which is why readers might notice that some of the magazine’s vendors have pets. In a series of conversations with Curbside vendors, we find out more about the furballs who have wagged their way into vendors hearts and become an integral part of the Curbside community.

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INSP Awards: 2018 Best Breakthrough Finalists Unveiled

It’s just one week until we crown the winners of the 2018 INSP Awards, and the excitement is reaching fever pitch!

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Our vendors: Rhonda (The Curbside Chronicle, Oklahoma City, USA)

Rhonda, a vendor for Oklahoma City street paper The Curbside Chronicle, speaks candidly here about her childhood, upbringing, experiences of abuse, marriage and fighting her way back to housing.

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Hot off the press: A round-up of summer street paper covers

With the 2018 Global Street Paper Summit fast approaching, we’re pausing for a moment to look back on the street paper covers that have had us jumping for joy during July.

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INSP Awards: the Nominees in Best Vendor Contribution 2018 are here

Our final Editorial category to be revealed is the Top 10 nominees for Best Vendor Contribution – here’s who made the list…

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INSP Awards: Announcing the 2018 Nominees in Best Design

This award acknowledges excellence in street paper design – find out who’s made the Top 10.

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INSP Awards: Hold the front page! Here’s the 2018 Best Cover Nominees

Our most hotly contested INSP Award this year was for Best Cover – with a whopping 63 entries from street papers around the world! Find out who’s made the Top 10…

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Mayday! Mayday! INSP’s latest monthly covers round-up is here

No need to put out a distress call, our round-up of street paper front pages from the last month has landed.

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A Shower of April Covers: INSP’s latest front page round-up

April has showered us with a flow of fantastic front pages, and we’ve splattered the very best onto this month’s covers round-up!

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Our vendors: Steven (The Curbside Chronicle, Oklahoma City, USA)

Curbside Chronicle vendor Steve talks in depth about his childhood, growing up, his experiences of homeless and what it is like to work as a street paper vendor in Oklahoma City.

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#VendorWeek 2018: More than a magazine

To celebrate #VendorWeek 2018, The Big Issue Australia took an in depth look at the ways street papers around the world are creating extra employment opportunities for the people who need them most. And what better way to learn about them than from the people who are employed by and benefit from them. Social enterprises featured in the article come from these INSP members: The Big Issue Australia, =Oslo, The Curbside Chronicle, Shedia and L’Itinéraire.

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November No More: A look back at the month’s covers

Time to reflect back on the unsung month of November, and the impressive bunch of street paper covers we’ve seen around the world in the past 30 days.

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Second annual ONE Festival of Homeless Arts officially kicks off on World Homeless Day

The ONE Festival of Homeless Arts showcases and celebrates works of art, in a variety of mediums, imagined and created by people who have experienced homelessness. Curated and compiled by artist and campaigner David Tovey, the exhibition at the Diorama Arts Centre kicked off its second instalment on World Homeless Day.

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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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Our vendors: Mildred (The Curbside Chronicle, Oklahoma City, USA)

Curbside vendor Mildred has faced her fair share of challenges. She tells us about her personal history and describes the ways in which being a Curbside vendor, her faith and love of art are helping her to move forward.

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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: Finalists for the 2017 Best Project Award

Our last set of finalists are here – which innovative projects have captured our imagination and made it to the top five?

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INSP Awards: Presenting our Best Breakthrough 2017 Finalists

The finalists just keep coming! Here’s who has claimed a Top Five position in the Best Breakthrough category.

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INSP Awards: Finalists for Best Vendor Contribution 2017 Award

The 2017 ceremony countdown is well and truly on – and here’s our fab five finalists in the Best Vendor Contribution category.

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INSP Awards: 2017 Finalists for Best Design

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: The 2017 Best Cultural Feature Finalists

The finalists for Best Cultural Feature in this year’s INSP Awards have been chosen – and it’s time to find out who’s made the final five!

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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: 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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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 Cultural Feature Nominees for 2017

What do Game of Thrones, Jon Bon Jovi and a street cat named Bob have in common? They’re all topics of our Best Cultural Feature nominees in this year’s INSP Awards!

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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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Our vendors: Darnesha (The Curbside Chronicle, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA)

Darnesha first left home at age 13 to escape her mother’s abusive boyfriend. Three years ago, she moved to Oklahoma City with a controlling partner, but left him when his unreliable behaviour threatened to jeopardise their housing situation. Now she is raising her daughter on her own, and says selling The Curbside Chronicle has saved her.

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The art of healing: facing bipolar using abstract art photography

Curbside Chronicle vendor Chazzi Davis lives with bipolar disorder. Twenty years ago, he lost everything due to his mental health issues. He can never have his old life back, but has found that photography – and selling the paper – is like therapy.

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“This opportunity is thrilling” – INSP’s new Intensive Learning Programme kicks off

Participants about to set off on international placement scheme to strengthen street papers and share ideas.

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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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Our vendors: Bennie (The Curbside Chronicle, Oklahoma, USA)

Curbside Chronicle vendor Bennie felt that life was passing him by due to his problems with drugs. “Five months ago, I didn’t have no hope, but now I have hope” he says.

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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.