Some SMUN participants were complaining about never having their voices heard when issues of homelessness and poverty were covered in the media. After discussion they decided to start a newspaper.
The first edition of Street News was released December 2006. A paper for and by people who live close to the street became a new outlet for information and a forum for the expression of creative ideas and opinions. Street News continues with the intention to add more voice to the community dialogue.
Initially 3,000 copies were distributed throughout the city by Street News volunteers to businesses, agencies and individuals, but we now print about 1,500 to satisfy the need for hard copy and distribute the paper widely online.
Two summer students, Catherine Sukkau and Elizabeth Anderson, along with many participants pulled the first edition together. It has grown since 2006 through the writing of many, and with the dedicated effort of editor in chief Liz Roulston, copy editor Melissa “Rainbow” and art director Mary Jo Fitz Gibbon.
Meet Mondays at 1:00 p.m. or drop off articles to Liz. The next issue always in the works!