Hosted: Global Street Paper Summit

Written by Kristina Alvarado
June 10, 2015

At the end of this month, street paper journalists, entrepreneurs and activists from around the world will descend upon Seattle for the Global Street Paper Summit. The event will be hosted by Seattle University, and is the first summit to be hosted in the United States. The gathering is run by International Network of Street Papers (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.

Dr. Mark S. Markuly, Dean of Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry, will be welcoming delegates and the public to campus at the summit?s public event ?Portraits of Homelessness? (get tickets online here!) , as well as will participate in an ?Ethics & Excellence in Journalism? panel. In addition, the school?s Director of Marketing and Communications, Hannah Crivello, will be presenting a workshop on Marketing 101 to participants. Lisa Gustaveson and Hannah Hunthausen of the school?s Faith & Family Homelessness Project are working to both host and organize the event in partnership with Real Change.

Street paper innovators from all over the world will congregate at this Global Summit to share success stories and plan for the future. Parallel programs focusing on strategy & business development; editorial & design; fundraising & marketing; and vendors, support and homelessness will allow each delegate to maximize their conference experience. Hosted in a different city each year in partnership with the local street paper, this special international conference is the only forum where street paper staff can meet with colleagues from around the world to learn from each other, share experience and form partnerships. It has been the backdrop of many innovations, including the Homeless World Cup, which started after a meeting at the 2001 Cape Town conference. The INSP Awards, issued during the conference, recognize the top scoops, interviews, design and photography in member street papers, and celebrate the innovative projects run by street paper organizations to support their vendors.

INSP is opening some highlights of the program to the wider Seattle community. This is a unique opportunity to join a worldwide conversation about the solutions to homelessness and poverty, whilst supporting the street paper movement.

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Take a look inside the summit program, here.

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