Street magazine Nový Prostor publishes ‘milestone’ 500th issue
Nový Prostor, a Czech street magazine recently saw the publication of its jubilee 500th issue. For more than 15 years, the Czech equivalent of Britain’s The Big Issue, has given sellers, who are homeless, an employment opportunity, a voice and a chance to re-connect with broader society.
“I sell the magazine because I had a lot of problems – both social and health. I live in a boarding house. I suffer from diabetes and from leukaemia, for which I am being treated for free. No one will give me a job. My hope is that I can save enough and find a small place to live with my two dogs, which are my reason for staying alive.”
Like others who sell Nový Prostor, Alena attempts to positively engage passersby. Sellers all have a regular space, in her case near Prague’s Muzeum metro. Some passersby purchase the magazine with Alena pointing out that out the latest issue is special. The reason? It is the magazine’s 500th. The magazine’s editor, Jan Štepánek, tells Radio Prague the latest edition is full of original content which sets it apart.
“We also wanted to help our sellers and raised funds to push down the regular cost. Normally, sellers buy single issues for 25 crowns and sell them for 50. In this case, we were able to push down the price to 15 crowns, thereby increasing their profit.”
Around 150 – 160 people in the Czech Republic sell Nový Prostor; the current concept is to provide quality journalism on subjects which the editor-in-chief says might otherwise be ignored. Currently, around 15,000 issues of the bi-monthly are sold every fortnight. If interested, July 17 is the final day to purchase the milestone 500th issue if you haven’t yet.