To kick off 2019, UK street paper The Big Issue is implementing cutting edge augmented reality technology with an edition of the magazine to create an interactive reading experience, allowing Big Issue vendors to tell their important stories of experiencing homelessness directly to readers, as well as much more.
As the rest of the country gears up for Christmas, US street papers mark National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day
Since 1990, communities across the US, while shoppers frantically prepare for Christmas, meet on the first day of winter and longest night of the year to commemorate those who have died while homeless in the last year. This year, 150 such gatherings took place on what is known as National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. Among them were those attended and organised by US-based street papers, accounts of which are collated here.
This week, Italian broadcasting network TV2000 will air a four-episode documentary series celebrating the work of Italian street paper Scarp de’ tenis, the lives of its vendors and those who work with homeless people in their daily lives. The show is gaining national interest thanks to the participation of film star Giacomo Poretti, who presents with “irony and a lightness of touch”.
2018 marks 25 years since the launch of Munich-based street paper, BISS. To mark this significant landmark, Karin Lohr, the CEO of BISS, talks to Christoph Gurk, one of the leaders of the BISS writers’ workshop, about loyal customers, why permanently employing vendors is so important to the magazine and why deeds, not words, are vitally important.
As Russia prepares this week to welcome legions of soccer fans to the country for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, editor of St Petersburg street paper Put Domoi, Arkady Tyurin, reflects on the life of a street paper in Russia, its vendors, the homeless population, and how the international tournament will affect them.
Andy Murray: “If you’ve given everything you have then you can be proud, regardless of the result on the tennis court or in life”
Ahead of his imminent, but as yet unspecified, return to the court, multiple Grand Slam winning British tennis star, and recently crowned knight of the realm, Andy Murray took a break from his focused rehabilitation to talk to INSP about his experiences of street papers across the world, the transformative power of sport and triumphing over adversity.
American street paper The Contributor has been going for over ten years as a traditional news print publication. But, last week, the Nashville, Tennessee publication reinvented itself with a sleek new magazine format and updated design.
This month, Canadian street paper Megaphone, which is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, but has stretched its patch to include Victoria, turned 10 years old. In this retrospective piece, individuals involved with the street paper, from founding members, to editors, to vendors, look back on the magazine’s decade long life so far.
Apropos, the street paper of Salzburg, Austria, recently its 20th anniversary. To mark that, one of its longest serving vendors, Luise Slamanug, sat down with the publication’s chief editor, Michaela Gründler, for an interview about what life has been like at Apropos over the last 20 years.
After 15 years at Portland street paper Street Roots, Israel Bayer has stepped down from his position as director. Speaking to INSP, he reflects on his time there, what it has been like working as part of the global street paper network, and what’s next for him and the organisation.
This week marks the 600th time the INSP News Service email will drop into the inboxes of members across the global street paper network. To celebrate, we looked back at some of the stories that have spread throughout the world thanks to the service, and hear from some of the beneficiaries of this unique editorial support platform.
From a first birthday to 25 glorious years in print, find out why 2016 promises to be a big year for celebrating our street paper family.
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.
Danish street paper Hus Forbi is now the top selling paid-for paper in Denmark – with an incredible 500,000 plus readers per edition. We asked the paper’s editor Poul Struve Nielsen his secret for success. His answer? Hus Forbi’s vendors.
Pope Francis has invited a formerly homeless street paper seller into the Vatican for an intimate meeting, to express his support for support the poor.
This week, the INSP News Service celebrates its 500th edition. The milestone represents 10 years of providing editorial support to more than 100 street papers worldwide. INSP hears from street paper editors around the world about how they use the service to enhance their publications and how the unique platform allows members to collaborate and pool resources.
What happens when you’ve got hundreds of creative people around the world in your network? Some awesome street paper covers, that’s what!
Scarp de’ tenis was founded in Milan in 1994. It is now part of a network that spans more than 100 street papers in 36 countries.
An open letter in support of Oklahoma City’s The Curbside Chronicle.
Check out StreetWise’s excellent new video, starring Vendor of the Year Russell Adams.
Mike Fancher, former executive editor of The Seattle Times, called street papers a catalyst for change during his keynote speech at #INSP2015.
The Big Issue’s exclusive interview with Alex Ferguson has been a hit with street papers in Europe, Asia and the USA.