TITAN
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Social Innovation

The Big Issue Achieves Milestone


Tuesday, 10th June 2014 at 12:01 pm
Lina Caneva, Editor
Not for Profit street magazine, The Big Issue, is set to sell its nine millionth magazine across Australia - a milestone which will coincide with the enterprise’s 18th anniversary on June 16.

Tuesday, 10th June 2014
at 12:01 pm
Lina Caneva, Editor


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
The Big Issue Achieves Milestone
Tuesday, 10th June 2014 at 12:01 pm

Not for Profit street magazine, The Big Issue, is set to sell its nine millionth magazine across Australia – a milestone which will coincide with the enterprise’s 18th anniversary on June 16.

The edition featuring the milestone magazine went on sale on June 6. 

The Big Issue editor Alan Attwood said the publication had grown from just a handful of sellers to a national enterprise that had helped thousands of men and women get back on their feet.

“The magazine has been a great success because it gives people meaningful work and the opportunity to reconnect with the community – a model that resonates with both sellers and readers,” Attwood said.

“The publication of our nine millionth magazine and our 18th anniversary give us an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come and what we’ve achieved.”

The Big Issue vendors buy the magazine for $3 and sell it on the street for $6, keeping the difference.The fortnightly magazine was launched in Melbourne in 1996, based on the UK’s successful street paper model that provides employment to homeless and disadvantaged people.

Flinders Street StationThe Big Issue’s launch on the steps of Flinders Street Station in 1996.

More than 4500 people have sold The Big Issue since 1996, earning $19 million in income through magazine sales. There are currently more than 500 vendors nationally.

The Big Issue has expanded to include other initiatives including a subscription enterprise

that provides employment to vulnerable women as well as education workshops for school students.

Last year, The Big Issue also launched a digital edition of the magazine, which is sold by vendors in the form of a digital access card alongside print copies of the magazine.

Digital edition of the magazine

Vendor Paul selling The Big Issue to Prince Charles in March, 2005. Photo courtesy of The Big Issue.

 


Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and Editor of Pro Bono Australia News since it was founded in 2000.


Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Alliance Calls For Urgent Affordable Housing Action

Maggie Coggan

Friday, 12th October 2018 at 5:38 pm

Buy a Dress, Buy Empowerment

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 3rd October 2018 at 8:57 am

Victoria Extends State Care to 21

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 25th September 2018 at 4:36 pm

Business With a Soul Tackling Food Insecurity

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 10th September 2018 at 8:48 am

POPULAR

Psychosocial Disability Stream Added to NDIS

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 10th October 2018 at 5:07 pm

Making Tourism More Inclusive For All

Luke Michael

Monday, 8th October 2018 at 5:24 pm

Caution Needed Over Autism Diagnosis Guidelines

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 17th October 2018 at 5:25 pm

Resilient Families Becomes First SBB to Mature in Australia

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 10th October 2018 at 4:57 pm

TITAN
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!