Blogger Misinformed About Street Newspapers
In an Oct. 10 online article in The Guardian, Erik Assadourian made several unsubstantiated claims about the street newspaper model that Street Sense utilizes.
For the record, Street Sense has seen a dramatic increase in circulation since we first published in 2003; the work of our independent sales force bears no comparison to panhandling – our vendors work very hard to market and sell an in-demand, quality product edited by an award-winning journalist and assembled by an award-winning graphic designer. Our editorial team is made up of professional journalists, interns and a cadre of very talented vendors who also happen to be journalists, photographers, political commentators, poets and storytellers (not to mention illustrators, playwrights, and cinematographers).
Together, we produce a newspaper and other media that bring a unique perspective to reporting on the issue of homelessness and how it affects our community while providing gainful employment to men and women seeking a better life for themselves and their families.
Read some of our vendors’ responses to Assadourian’s article here.