Big Issue sellers to gather news using iPhones

The bloke with a dog on a string who sits outside your local train station selling The Big Issue could soon be swanking around with a shiny new iPhone according to the publication's founder.

John Bird, the top bloke who started the magazine to help give homeless people a bit of self-respect as well as a bit of cash, says kitting out the vendors with the camera-equipped smartphones will be a bonus to the publication when it comes to news-gathering.

The Big Issue vendors are all over our streets, selling the five editions of the magazine which cover all the regions of the UK – it makes sense to use them as the eyes and ears of the nation, on the spot, as the news happens,” said Bird.

He added that becoming part of the technological revolution would add a new dimension to the sellers' efforts to turn their lives around while they fight their way back from all sorts of hardships and emotional pain.

The Big Issue sellers will using services like Facebook and Twitter to report on goings on on their patches as well as using on-board cameras to report major incidents when they happen.

Bird says that the newly-equipped photo-journalists will eventually contribute to an online version of the altruistic magazine to compliment the print editions.