Be part of the global street paper movement!
This is your chance to be part of a powerful movement for social change. Come along, hear from international street paper delegates and experience a innovative presentation by journalist Mike Fancher.
In June, street paper journalists, entrepreneurs and activists from around the world will descend upon Seattle for the Global Street Paper Summit. The summit is run by INSP – a nonprofit that supports 115 street newspapers all over the world, including Seattle’s Real Change. Street papers are independent media that reach a unique worldwide audience of 6 million readers per edition, while helping 14,000 homeless and unemployed vendors to get back on their feet.
INSP is opening some highlights of the programme to the wider Seattle community. This is your chance to join the discussion.
Mike Fancher: keynote address
Mike Fancher is the interim director of Center for Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement at the University of Oregon.
During his 30 years at The Seattle Times, 20 of which he served as the newspaper’s executive editor, the paper won four Pulitzer Prizes and was a Pulitzer finalist 13 times. In 2009, the Western Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists presented Fancher its award for Distinguished Service to Journalism.
He is the author of the public policy paper ‘Re-Imagining Journalism: Local News for a Networked World,’ which examines the experimentation, collaboration and public engagement critical for transforming journalism. In the paper, Fancher “calls upon a variety of stakeholders in business, the nonprofit sector, government and community institutions, and citizens themselves to each play a role in nurturing a revitalised and re-imagined local media ecosystem.”
Mike Fancher’s keynote will be preceded by an innovation exchange of new digital ideas and projects from the global street paper network.
- Cashless payments across the street paper network – Fay Selvan (The Big Issue in the North; INSP Chair)
- Geomapping for street papers – Professor Sarah Elwood (University of Washington) & students
- Spare Change News TV – Sam Baltrusis (Spare Change News)
- Street Paper Media Lab – Brian Carome (Street Sense)
- Street News Platform – Sarah Beecroft & Israel Bayer (Street Roots)
- Street Talk App – Dirk Meerkotter (The Big Issue South Africa)
When & Where
INSP supports and develops 110 street papers in 35 countries, like the UK's The Big Issue.
Street papers are independent newspapers and magazines operating on a social enterprise and self-help model to reduce homelessness and unemployment. Street paper vendors buy copies of their local street paper and become micro entrepreneurs, selling their product on the streets. Street papers also provide vendors with access to social support and training.
Since INSP was established in 1994, almost 300,000 vendors around the world have changed their lives through selling street papers. INSP street papers are also an important independent media resource, with a combined global readership of over 5.8 million (per edition).
All profits from INSP events go towards supporting street papers.