July 14, 2015

Press

Under One Roof to Benefit The Bridge 9/17
Choose901 – September 12, 2016
The Bridge, Memphis’ street newspaper, presents the third annual Under One Roof fall fundraiser with proceeds benefiting The Bridge’s mission to support Memphis’ homeless community through providing opportunities for self-generated income.
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Memphis Student Newspaper Hires the Homeless
Deseret News – January 30, 2015
Sherry Williams sells newspapers in midtown Memphis every week, in a shopping center with movie theaters and restaurants. She says she’s good at selling. “I like meeting people, getting out there,” she says. “I got customer service skills.” Williams, 34, sells…
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Executive Director Eilidh Jenness on Fox13, Counting The Homeless
MyFoxMemphis – January 28, 2015
Dozens of volunteers hit the streets early Wednesday morning and tried to determine how many people are homeless in Memphis and Shelby County. Spread out and touching every corner of this city and county, from North to South to East and West, volunteers came across homeless of every race, age and gender…
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Bridging The Gap
Presbyterian Mission – December, 2014
For some, “street paper” may invoke images of discarded fast food bags or other debris. However, in many cities across the United States, the term refers to newspapers or magazines sold by homeless people or other poor people on the streets of a city. And in Memphis and other cities, those papers are enhancing lives…
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Caught Giving Back
The Commercial Appeal – October 5, 2014
Homelessness is an important social issue we face in communities across America. While myriad factors affect homelessness, with the ongoing instability of the economy, many individuals and families have been left without reliable sources of income and have lost their homes. Here in Memphis, approximately 2,000 people are homeless…
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Year on The Bridge
Memphis Daily News – April 18, 2014
In a tiny chapel at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, a group of three people listened intently last week as traffic whizzed by an open door onto Poplar Avenue on the other side of a wrought iron fence. The subject wasn’t any of the Ten Commandments, but what might be called the commandments of selling newspapers on the street.
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Project 50, Number 8: The Bridge Newspaper
ilovememphisblog.com – April 3, 2014
The Bridge is a monthly Memphis newspaper that features stories and artwork by people with experiences of homelessness, people who then sell the paper for a profit. It’s a non-profit organization founded and organized by Rhodes College students.
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Read All About It!
Downtowner Magazine – December 2013
Launched in the spring of 2013, the locally produced, monthly newspaper The Bridge is fulfilling its mission to “bridge the gap” between homeless and sheltered by providing people experiencing homelessness with both a voice and a job.
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A Homeless Poet Gives Thanks
Christopher Blank – Nov. 28, 2013
A few days ago, we brought you a story about The Bridge, a local newspaper that has, since its debut last March, been helping the homeless in different ways. First, homeless vendors can sell the papers. But second, they can also write for it.
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Break the News
The Memphis Flyer – Nov. 14, 2013
Andre Ervin, a homeless vendor of Memphis’ street newspaper The Bridge, was arrested while selling copies of the paper. His charge? Obstructing a highway. Ervin sells copies of The Bridge, which is written and edited by a team of homeless people and Rhodes College students, at the corner of Sam Cooper and Highland daily. He was there selling the paper on October 28th when a Memphis police officer arrested him. His court date is set for December 2nd.
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Pilot Program Fuels Rhodes Entrepreneurs
Lynn Conlee – Unknown
Nearly a year has passed since James Ekenstedt ′15 and Evan Katz ′15 began planning to launch the nation′s only student-run newspaper for and about the homeless. When the first issues of The Bridge rolled off the presses in March, the novelty of the project being student-run garnered news in local television and print media, as well as national press outlets.
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Newspaper Delivers Hope, Bridges Vastly Different Worlds
WKNO 91.1 – Nov. 26, 2013
Since March, local college students have published a monthly newspaper for the homeless to sell. With winter’s arrival, it’s news that sustains. It’s easy to find Andre Ervin. He’s in the same spot nearly every day, waving to cars beside the off-ramp at Sam Cooper Boulevard and Highland. He’s 29, homeless, but he’s not begging. He’s selling.
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Week 9, Day 6: Ellen at “The Bridge” Street Paper
Volunteer Odyssey – July 20, 2013
Today’s volunteer experience was particularly difficult for me. I helped man a booth at the Cooper-Young Farmer’s Market where vendors were selling “The Bridge” – a newspaper written by and/or about the homeless of Memphis. Its intention is to bridge the gap between those without shelter with those who have a home, raise awareness of homelessness in Memphis and provide an income for the vendors of the $1.00 publication who are, in fact, homeless.
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The Bridge: closing the gap between the homeless and the sheltered
The Teen Appeal – Sept 4, 2013
Everyone deserves to be heard, and street papers across America strive to do just that for homeless people. After a visit to Nashville, Rhodes College student James Ekenstedt saw the amount of good the city’s street paper has done for the community, putting an astonishing 2.6 million dollars directly into the hands of homeless people. Ekenstedt and co-editor Evan Katz decided to start The Bridge newspaper in Memphis.
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Homeless find purpose, pay in street newspaper
The Commercial Appeal – Oct 5, 2013
Rhodes College student Chandler Schneider (right) works with the homeless during a training meeting at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral for vendors of The Bridge newspaper. The monthly publication is produced and sold by local homeless people with help from Rhodes students.
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Rhodes & Beyond
Rhodes Magazine – July 16, 2013
Nearly a year has passed since James Ekenstedt ′15 and Evan Katz ′15 began planning to launch the nation′s only student-run newspaper for and about the homeless. When the first issues of The Bridge rolled off the presses in March, the novelty of the project being student-run garnered news in local television and print media, as well as national press outlets.
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Newspaper allows the homeless to express themselves while earning an income
The Commercial Appeal – March 09, 2013
After rebounding from 10 years of homelessness, Roderick Baldwin said he is living his dreams and expressing himself with the written word. Baldwin is one of the writers for The Bridge, a newspaper started and run by Rhodes College students to create jobs and bring awareness to Memphis’ homeless community.
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Students start newspaper to help the homeless
Fox News 13 – March 07, 2013
A group of students attending Rhodes College have put together an idea that could go a long way. They decided to start a newspaper aimed at helping the homeless. It’s called The Bridge: The Memphis Street Paper. Before The Bridge’s first issue hits the streets in Memphis, its impact is being felt, even among the founders.
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New ‘street newspaper’ launching in Memphis
Memphis Business Journal – March 06, 2013
Two Rhodes College sophomores have launched The Bridge, Memphis’ first “street newspaper” that will be dedicated to raising awareness around issues of homelessness and poverty in the city. The Bridge is modeled after similar publications in Nashville, New York and Washington, D.C. It will feature content written by homeless and poverty-stricken Memphians, and provide a sustainable source of income for contributors and vendors.
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Word Getting Out About New ‘Street Newspaper’ Bridging Gap For Homeless and Founded By Rhodes Students
Rhodes College – March 08, 2013
Memphis’ first “street newspaper,” The Bridge, will hit the streets March 21. Founded by Rhodes sophomores James Ekenstedt and Evan Katz, it aims to raise awareness around issues of homelessness and poverty while providing a sustainable source of income to those who have personally experienced homelessness. The paper is managed by Rhodes sophomore Caroline Ponseti, and she and the founders recently were interviewed on WHBQ/FOX-TV.
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Street Sheet
The Memphis Flyer – March 21, 2013
A team of Rhodes College students are giving a voice to the homeless and possibly a chance to earn a little income as well. The Bridge, Memphis’ first newspaper written by and for the homeless population, hits the streets this week. The monthly paper follows the model of other successful street newspapers in Nashville, New York, and Washington D.C., which contain articles written by homeless people and are sold to put money into the pockets of the paper’s homeless vendors.
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Giving Back
Inside Higher Education – March 27, 2013
Students at Rhodes College are collaborating to create the first-ever newspaper for the homeless created by (non-homeless) students. This month will see the launch of The Bridge, a street paper founded by sophomores James Ekenstedt and Evan Katz, which aims to raise awareness about the plight of the homeless in the Memphis area.
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With street paper, students bridge homelessness gap
USA Today College – March 20, 2013
If being pestered by homeless people asking for handouts makes you uncomfortable, keep reading. A group of second-year students at Rhodes College in Memphis have launched the first-ever student-managed street paper to serve the metropolitan area’s homeless and less fortunate — while simultaneously informing the community on issues of homelessness.
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Students bridge homelessness gap with street paper
USA Today – March 26, 2013
If being pestered by homeless people asking for handouts makes you uncomfortable, keep reading. A group of second-year students at Rhodes College in Memphis have launched the first-ever student-managed street paper to serve the metropolitan area’s homeless and less fortunate — while simultaneously informing the community on issues of homelessness.
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