Post Tagged with: "The Contributor"

Caraletter Fletcher lives at a women's shelter and has been selling The Contributor since May, when she relocated from Decatur, Ala. to Nashville to find work. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Nashville Homeless Paper Doubles Price And Publishing Schedule To Stay Afloat

by / on January 8, 2014

Newspapers sold on Nashville street corners by homeless and formerly homeless vendors will now cost twice as much. To stabilize its shaky finances, The Contributor has raised its price to $2 and decided to print issues every week instead of bi-monthly.

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Yes, Nashville Has Another Homeless Streetpaper

Yes, Nashville Has Another Homeless Streetpaper

by / on September 3, 2013

There’s some competition in Nashville’s homeless streetpaper business. A church-sponsored publication called Faith Unity Outloud uses roughly the same business model as The Contributor, as well as some of its old vendors. 

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Final Issue? Nashville’s Homeless Newspaper On The Brink Of Collapse

Final Issue? Nashville’s Homeless Newspaper On The Brink Of Collapse

by / on August 28, 2013

Nashville’s homeless newspaper could soon print its final edition. It needs an influx of cash to stay afloat through year’s end.

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U.S. Circuit Court Rules Brentwood Can Restrict Streetside Homeless Newspaper Sales

U.S. Circuit Court Rules Brentwood Can Restrict Streetside Homeless Newspaper Sales

by / on August 14, 2013

The affluent city of Brentwood can keep homeless salesmen of The Contributor newspaper from doing business with passing cars. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision affirming a city ordinance.

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Contributor Celebrates Five Years, Looks Past Brentwood Ruling

Contributor Celebrates Five Years, Looks Past Brentwood Ruling

by / on November 14, 2012

Nashville’s street paper – The Contributor – got a big pat on the back Wednesday from Mayor Karl Dean, who thanked some 400 vendors for what they do and wrote a glowing editorial for the latest issue. The homeless newspaper is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

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Nashville Homeless Newspaper Expands

Nashville Homeless Newspaper Expands

by / on January 24, 2012

Nashville’s homeless newspaper is expanding and will begin publishing twice a month starting Wednesday.

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ACLU and The Contributor Sue City of Brentwood

by / on June 29, 2011

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Brentwood over sales of the homeless newspaper, The Contributor. Earlier this year, the city fined eight of the Contributor’s vendors for selling the paper on city sidewalks.

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Homeless Newspaper Ends Year “Off the Charts”

by / on December 30, 2010

The holiday season has been good to Nashville’s homeless newspaper, called “The Contributor.” The so-called street paper has sold 120,000 copies this month – by far the largest circulation of any street paper in the U.S.

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Street Paper Vendors Flourish, Cause Buyers to Question Motivation

Street Paper Vendors Flourish, Cause Buyers to Question Motivation

by / on December 14, 2010

Street papers across the country have exploded this year, none more so than “The Contributor” in Nashville. Selling the homeless newspaper is meant to be an alternative to panhandling. For many, it’s become a decent full-time job.

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