|MC Wim de Preter kicking off Day 1.|
Serge Lareault (Chairperson of INSP and Executive Director of L’Itinéraire), Lisa Maclean (Executive Director of INSP) and Hildegard Denninger (Managing Director of host street paper, BISS) opened day one of the conference, this year held in Munich, and welcomed delegates from street papers all over the world.
|INSP and BISS welcome the delegates.|
"I hope you get some new ideas," Serge Lareault tells the delegates.
|Street papers exchange.|
After a quick break, and another chance to show off papers and campaign materials, the first of the conference’s external speakers, Rolf Pfleiderer of TNS Infratest, presented the findings of a survey of street papers in Germany.
Rolf has worked for TNS Infratest, a leading market research company based in Munich, for over 30 years and is currently Director of Media Research. The findings of the survey, conducted earlier this year over 12 cities, helped to give delegates an insightful overview of the street paper context in Germany.
Following this was a panel discussion surrounding the day’s central theme: “how do street papers stay relevant in the 21st century?”
Panellists Steven Persson (The Big Issue Australia), Amy Roe (Real Change, USA), Anlov Mathiesen (=Norge, Norway), Hildegard Denninger (BISS, Germany), and speaker Rolf Pfleiderer, chaired by Editor of The Big issue Australia, Alan Attwood, discussed this question. A selection of street papers that have developed innovative approaches to try to ensure that their street paper stays also featured in the discussion.
Participants of the discussion agreed that street papers will continue being relevant. Hildegard Denninger (BISS) is convinced: "Our work has always been very relevant. I'v worked in the normal economics for about twenty years before - and I've never felt doing something more relevant than the street papers." The role of street papers is quite different from the one of mainstream newspapers. Amy Roe (Real Change, USA) underlined that "street papers cover news, although not breaking news." Hildegard agreed that the job of street papers is to provide background stories which deepen your understanding.
|Over 100 delegates from all over the|
world participate at this year's
The first day of the conference also featured the Annual General Meeting. Along with welcoming new members to the network from 2012-13 the meeting also saw INSP Executive Director, Lisa Maclean, give the annual review of the network and a presentation on the future strategies of INSP, outlining its new business plan for 2013-15.
She said: “With some street papers reaching their 20th birthday in 2012, we have seen a general recognition that it is a time to update our business model; we have to look at ways to be more sustainable, more innovative and enterprising. We need to continue working to engage more with our existing readers and supporters and engage with new groups.”
This year the new award categories for social enterprise and social development reflect the changing street paper model.