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NASNA gets back to its roots

 The Contributor - USA 02 November 2019

Nashville, Tenn. has long been known as the home of country music, but on October 13-15, it was also home to North American street newspapers as The Contributor played host to the 2011 Annual Conference of the North American Street Newspaper Association (NASNA). (291 Words) - By Katie Bodiford

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In attendance at this year's event were 14 active street newspapers from Canada and the United States as well as two new start-ups in Atlanta, Ga. and Birmingham, Ala. and four representatives hoping to start street newspapers in the near future.

The three day meeting, titled "Back to Our Roots," included three educational "tracks" with workshops focusing on vendor training, editorial issues and fundraising methods. Conference highlights also included opening remarks by newspaper icon John Seigenthaler, an awards dinner welcome by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, as well a keynote address by formerly homeless, best-selling author Lee Stringer, who shared his story of life on the streets. Stringer, a former vendor for Street News in New York City also presented at two sessions during the conference.

On Saturday evening, attendees toured the Downtown Presbyterian Church-home to the offices of The Contributor-before closing out the conference with the Annual General Membership meeting. During this meeting, four new members were elected to the NASNA Board of Directors. They include: Jim LoBianco of StreetWise in Chicago, Ill.; Amanda Moore of Toledo Streets in Toledo, Ohio; Katie Bodiford of The Contributor; and Neal Lampi of Real Change in Seattle, Wash.

The North American Street Newspaper Association (NASNA) exists to support and cultivate an effective, self-sustaining street newspaper network that promotes power and opportunity for people living in poverty. The Contributor would like to thank all who made this conference such a success.

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