Sorgenfri editor Vanja S. Holst on the Trondheim street paper’s pivot to investigative journalism and how it became the focal point of its redesign
When Trondheim street paper Sorgenfri unveiled its new design at the start of 2019, it made in-depth, longform investigative pieces the focal point. The magazine’s editor Vanja S. Holst spoke to INSP about the reasons behind focusing on investigative journalism, how it informed their redesign and the process the Sorgenfri team undertake with each new issue. Sorgenfri is a finalist in the Best Design category at this year’s INSP Awards.
This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Kine, a Sorgenfri vendor and a musician, is inspired by Damon Albarn, musical polymath and the brains behind animated band Gorillaz, in both her music and her life.
TV show, ‘Petter Uteligger (Homeless Petter) – a New Opportunity’, has started airing on Norwegian channel TV2. The subject of the show is street paper =Oslo’s coffee shop, =Kaffe, staffed primarily by vendors, many of whom have a history of drug addiction. Petter Nyquist followed the =Kaffe gang from the get go, and all the way to Rwanda.
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.
Only vendors know the realities of what it is like to sell Norwegian street paper Sorgenfri to the public. Last year, after being challenged to do so by a vendor, the publication’s Trond Ola Tilseth spent a day selling the magazine on the streets of Trondheim.
Norwegian street paper =Oslo has always been more than just a street paper, but now, after two years of preparation, =Kaffe, a trendy coffee bar in the heart of the country’s capital, has opened. The paper’s team believe this new endeavour will work in the same spirit as its parent publication.
Norwegian INSP members =Oslo, Megafon, Sorgenfri, Asfalt and KLAR came together to discuss how they will adapt to continue helping vulnerable people.
“Regardless of how bad things are, and despite what I have done, =Oslo will take me on with open arms without the need to explain.” Lasse Andreassen sells =Oslo in Oslo, Norway.
We visited Asfalt over the Easter weekend and learned more about the Norwegian street paper: from how they are coping with the oil crisis to their vendors’ best selling techniques.
It is estimated that about one third of drug users in Norway are women but there has been little research focusing on how their experiences differ from men involved in the underground drug scene. Norweigan street paper Sorgenfri finds out first hand by speaking to homeless women dealing with substance abuse issues.