The INSP News Service is one of the key member services of the International Network of Street Papers. It provides editorial support to street papers - to build their capacity and increase their sales - so that tens of thousands of homeless vendors can earn a living and improve their lives.
The INSP News Service provides free content and translation to street papers. It circulates content from within the network and external media partners. It also adds value to street papers by using INSP's unique position to create exclusive content. INSP journalists detect and report on global trends relating to homelessness and social justice, and secure support from high profile contributors.
In the past year, street papers used over £500,000 worth of INSP material - 10 times the operational cost of the service itself.
But the INSP News Service does more than change the world for people in poverty. It also changes perceptions of millions of readers, by putting a human face on homelessness and building relationships across social boundaries. It offers a refreshing outlet that is focused on positive change for the world.
Find out more in this video, introduced by INSP Patron David Schlesinger (Chairman, Thomson Reuters, China), and INSP Patron Jon Snow (Channel 4 News).
Street papers exist to tackle homelessness and poverty. Vendors buy their street paper or magazine at 50% of the cover price and sell them on at a profit to generate an income.
Street papers are also distinctive and quality independent media. With a global readership of over 6 million per edition they challenge public perceptions of poverty and social injustice in towns and cities around the world.
In addition to employment, many street papers offer their vendors on-going support and access to practical training resources and social services.
Sustainable urbanisation is one of the most pressing challenges facing us in the 21st century. Due to the economic crisis there are increasing numbers of people around the world who are homeless and unemployed. At the same time, there is an urgent need for media freedom and pluralism to counter government restrictions and monopoly tendencies.
Street papers address these needs by providing innovative solutions to unemployment and poverty, whilst also addressing the need for independent media. They provide employment and training to people in poverty, whilst their unique distribution channel puts a human face on homelessness and builds relationships across social boundaries.
INSP street papers deliver a diverse range of thoughtful and bold social reporting to over 6 million people per edition. They are even bucking the overall slump in worldwide print sales with a collective 10 per cent rise in circulation since 2009.
This is a concept that works.
Visit the INSP website for a full list of INSP street papers from around the world.