WATCH: INSP and street paper staff discuss their work and its impact on panel hosted by Society of Professional Journalists

On Wednesday, staff from the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) and four of its member publications discussed the global street paper movement and the impact street papers have upon the lives of the low-income, homeless, and otherwise marginalised people and communities they serve.

Entitled ‘Empowering The Poor: Street Newspapers and their Global Impact’, and hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists, the discussion was a chance to hear first hand from those who run, make and support street papers about their work as a whole, and how the pandemic and multiple lockdowns have affected it.

The conversation was moderated by Timothy Harris, an INSP board member and founder of Seattle street paper Real Change. Harris is currently involved in launching a Pacific Northwest regional street paper start-up called Dignity City, and has been a respected leader in the North American and international street paper movements for more than thirty years. He was joined on the panel by:

  • Chris Alefantis, founder and editor-in-chief of Greek street paper Shedia.
  • Esteban Álvarez, director of Mi Valedor, Mexico City’s bi-monthly street magazine.
  • Sarah Britz, editor-in-chief and publisher of Faktum, Sweden’s largest street paper, with offices in Gothenburg, Karlstad, Helsingborg, and Malmö.
  • Kaia Sand, executive director of Portland’s Street Roots.
  • Tony Inglis, editor of the International Network of Street Papers. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, he provides editorial and content support to street papers across the world.

You can watch the panel in full below.