North American Street Newspaper Association

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The North American Street Newspaper Association (NASNA) was an organization of street newspapers that provide employment opportunities, community, and a voice to homeless and other economically vulnerable people who existed between 2007 and 2013. As of October 2008 it has 28 members in the United States and Canada with a total monthly circulation of about 255,000 copies.[1] NASNA holds an annual conference and runs the Street News Service (SNS) together with AlterNet to share articles.[2]


The seed to start NASNA was planted in August 1996 at the first North American Street Newspaper Summit in Chicago, sponsored by papers StreetWise and Real Change as well as the National Coalition for the Homeless. It was formally founded in September 1997 when 37 street newspapers met at the second conference in Seattle.[2][3][4] In 2006 NASNA had 47 member newspapers.[5] In early 2009, the North American Street Newspaper Association hired an Executive Director for the first time.[6] In December 2013 the association was dissolved as a volunteer structure was viewed as preferable to the existing corporate structure.[7]

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  1. ^ "About NASNA". NASNA. 2008. Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Heinz, Teresa L.; Levinson, David (2004). Encyclopedia of Homelessness (illustrated ed.). SAGE. p. 539. ISBN 0-7619-2751-4. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Danky, James Philip; Wiegand, Wayne A. (1998). Print Culture in a Diverse America (illustrated ed.). University of Illinois Press. p. 48. ISBN 0-252-06699-5. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  4. ^ Howley, Kevin (2005). Community Media (illustrated ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 68. ISBN 0-521-79228-2. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  5. ^ Feldman, Leonard C. (2006). Citizens Without Shelter: Homelessness, Democracy, and Political Exclusion (annotated ed.). Cornell University Press. p. 166. ISBN 0-8014-7290-3. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "North American Street Newspaper Association hires first Executive Director". Street Roots blog. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  7. ^ "Time for a Change". Retrieved 8 September 2014. 

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