Sorry, I’ve been distracted this past week. I attended the North American Street Newspaper Association’s (nasna.org) annual conference that was held this year in Nashville. In my own estimation, I’d say that the quality of the conference, albeit the quality of the attendees, was much improved over the last conference I attended about a decade ago. The people running homeless/street newspapers seem more focused and more talented and more caring about the work of street papers, than in years past. And it really shows. Although mainstream media, and newspapers in general, are experiencing declines in readership and sales, street newspapers are experiencing unprecedented growth. The thing is, street newsapers aren’t just a product to create and sell, they are vehicles of personal and social change. So many homeless people’s lives have taken drastic turns for the better, for being involved in streetpapers. And the content of these papers is telling the story of homelessness and poverty that isn’t getting out to the public through typical media. In streetpapers, there is hope.
Now back to blogging.