Next City is partnering with the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) to bring content to the INSP News Service. Each month, Next City will offer a collection of stories that will be available to INSP members for republication. Street papers are considered independent outlets that operate on a social enterprise and self-help model to help find solutions to urban homelessness and unemployment.
“Our mission at Next City is to tell stories about solutions that are improving cities. We’re proud to partner with one of those great solutions — the network of street papers,” says Next City Executive Director Lucas Grindley. “We’re honored that our journalism will now appear in newspapers that are empowering those experiencing homelessness.”
Founded in 1994, Glasgow, Scotland-based nonprofit INSP supports and develops more than100 street paper projects in 35 countries, published in 25 languages. The network speaks to 4.6 million readers worldwide.
INSP Chief Executive, Maree Aldam expressed excitement about the partnership: “We are thrilled to now be bringing Next City content to INSP members. We have a rich bank of stories being provided by outlets from outside the street paper network each week thanks to our long and fruitful content partnerships, and working with Next City makes this exponentially stronger.”
“INSP’s key goal is to facilitate street papers in increasing vendor sales, and one of the ways we do this is by providing editorial support to build capacity and quality. Being able to provide our members with Next City’s work, we are strengthened in our ability to do this.”
Next City editorial Director Kelly Regan says, “Our mission to cover solutions of equity, resilience and inclusivity in cities resonates with INSP’s commitment to independent journalism as a vehicle of economic empowerment for people, past and present, who have experienced homelessness.”
Next City regularly reports on the challenges and potential solutions for people who are experiencing homelessness — from how dedicated storage facilities and mobile laundries improve the quality of life for people without permanent housing; to innovative designs for shelters; to how some cities take a humane approach to dismantling encampments, while others continue to criminalize homelessness or enact “no camping” legislation that puts dangerous stress on marginalized populations in cities.