Cincinnati's newspaper for the homeless has received major recognition from the International Network of Street Papers, which handed out journalism awards last Thursday at its 14th annual conference in Bergen, Norway. Streetvibes Editor Greg Flannery was on hand to accept the award for Best Feature Story for "We Are Their Slaves," a story he wrote in the June 2008 issue.
"This feature highlights an appalling case of the mistreatment of immigrant Puerto Rican workers in Cincinnati," contest judges wrote. "Uncovering a shocking scheme of calculated exploitation and severe social control, the article resulted in a groundswell of outrage and a federal investigation of the company in question."
Yes, best feature story in the world in a street/homeless newspaper. That's big.
Congratulations to Greg (former CityBeat News Editor) and everyone at the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless who organize, fund and publish Streetvibes, which is changing from monthly to biweekly July 1.
“We'll publish the first and 15th day of each month," Flannery told Ben Kaufman in the April 15 On Second Thought media column. "Public response to Streetvibes has generated increased sales, and we believe increasing the frequency of publication will further benefit the vendors."