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Street papers onstage with game changers of the magazine industry at Magfest 2019

The street paper network was represented at a recent gathering of the best in the magazine and publishing industry by INSP, Nikoleta Kosovac of Liceulice and Big Issue editor Paul McNamee. Spreading the word of the work of street papers, Kosovac and McNamee were involved in a panel, joined by individuals from other extremely influential publications, talking about how magazines can make change in the world.

Introducing Peatón – Peru’s first street paper

Last weekend marked the first time a street paper was sold on the streets of Peru. The first edition of Peatón was sold by the fledgling organisation’s first two vendors, Olga and Eremia, in Piura, a city located in north-western Peru. Peatón is a brand new member of INSP, and joins a contingent of Latin American street papers hailing from Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia. INSP spoke to Peatón founder Jorge Ledesma to find out more about the project.

The Big Issue launches first ever augmented reality street paper edition

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.

Italian street paper Scarp de’ tenis comes to the small screen in new documentary series

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”.

Just doing it: BISS CEO Karin Lohr talks about her time at the street paper on its 25th anniversary

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.

From Russia with love: To show initiative and be in the minority

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.

Nashville street paper The Contributor reinvents itself with the launch of new magazine format

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.

Happy birthday, Megaphone! Canadian street paper turns 10

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.

Part of Apropos for 20 years: An Interview with vendor Luise Slamanig

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.

Street Roots’ Israel Bayer steps down as director after 15 years at the helm

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.

INSP News Service celebrates its 600th edition

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.

World’s street papers celebrate landmark anniversaries in 2016

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.

Vendors celebrate Christmas across the world

Our street paper members are all over the world. Here is how some vendors are spending Christmas at their street paper.

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.

Vendors help Danish street paper Hus Forbi become most read publication in Denmark

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 tells street paper vendor he “wanted to be a butcher” in rare interview for INSP

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.

INSP News Service celebrates its 500th edition – and 10 years supporting global street papers

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.

October’s worldwide INSP street paper covers are inspiring… and a bit creepy

What happens when you’ve got hundreds of creative people around the world in your network? Some awesome street paper covers, that’s what!

Italy’s Scarp de’ tenis joins INSP’s worldwide movement of street papers

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.

INSP calls on Oklahoma City not to jeopardise street paper The Curbside Chronicle

An open letter in support of Oklahoma City’s The Curbside Chronicle.

Chicago’s StreetWise celebrates Vendor of the Year, unveils film

Check out StreetWise’s excellent new video, starring Vendor of the Year Russell Adams.

#THISIsJournalism: Mike Fancher calls street papers a ‘catalyst for change’

Mike Fancher, former executive editor of The Seattle Times, called street papers a catalyst for change during his keynote speech at #INSP2015.

Meet the winners of the INSP Awards 2015

The winners of the top prizes in the INSP Awards 2015, honouring excellence and innovation across the global street paper network.

Alex Ferguson to street papers “I never pass a vendor on the street”

The Big Issue’s exclusive interview with Alex Ferguson has been a hit with street papers in Europe, Asia and the USA.