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Prof. Kevin Howley Talks of "Professionalization" of 'Street Papers' in Utne Reader

Prof. Kevin Howley Talks of "Professionalization" of 'Street Papers' in Utne Reader

April 25, 2007

Kevin Howley 2005.jpgApril 25, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - A story in the May/June Utne Reader, which examines how "street papers" have become more professional and streamlined, includes the comments of a DePauw University professor. "For some street papers, this means a move away from a grassroots, participatory medium and the 'professionalization' of the sector," Kevin Howley, associate professor of communication, tells the magazine.

Jake Thomas writes that publications such as Oregon's Street Roots, "a nonprofit newspaper founded in 1998 to advocate for the homeless," have changed in recent years. "Street papers typically have been just a few pages long, their all-volunteer staffs unconcerned with aesthetically pleasing layouts, and focused primarily on stories affecting or reflecting the needs of the indigent," notes Thomas. "Over the past few years, however, more and more papers like Street Roots have chosen to employ professional writers, publish more mainstream coverage, and put more money into design."

Read the article -- "Homeless Newspapers Head Uptown" -- by clicking here.

Last  August, Dr. Howley was quoted in another story on street papers.  Access it here.

Source: Utne Reader