Image by Jerry Gay from http://www.ballardnewstribune.com
I love street newspapers. The definition of street newspapers, according to Wikipedia, is that they are newspapers or magazines sold by homeless or poor individuals and produced mainly to support these populations. In addition to being sold by homeless individuals, many of these papers are partially produced and written by them.
Most street newspapers provide coverage about homelessness and poverty-related issues, although the local street newspaper here in Seattle, which is called Real Change, also covers local, regional and sometimes even national and international stories. The quality of journalism of a street newspaper may surprise you and they cover interesting stories from a different perspective that may not get much attention from the mainstream media.
I have found the street newspaper vendors that I have come into contact with to be friendly, courteous and grateful. I always buy a copy of the local street paper when I can because not only is Real Change a great newspaper, I also am helping a fellow human being create a better life for himself or herself.
So the next time you see a person selling a street newspaper, consider buying a paper. You can enjoy reading the news and also feel really good inside, knowing that you were part of a constructive avenue for a struggling person to provide for themselves.
Click on the link to access the website for the Seattle street paper, Real Change: http://www.realchangenews.org/