For two months, Hartford Courant staff shadowed Beat of the Street (BOTS) newspaper staff, capturing photos and videos of the newspaper creation process. These efforts resulted in Beat of the Street being featured in aSunday edition of the Courant June 12, as well as an online media gallery including photos and video of the BOTS staff and process. The article, "From Homeless, News Hot Off City Streets: Homeless Hawkers Selling Beat of the Street," featured interviews with BOTS staff/writers Joan Artis and Harry Mitchell, Donna Berman, Executive Director of the Charter Oak Cultural Center, the Partnership for Strong Communities' Nathan Fox.
BOTS is a "street newspaper" sharing personal stories, news articles, poems and resources related to homelessness in the Greater Hartford Region. Written largely by formerly or presently homeless individuals, the paper serves as a platform for them to share their stories and insights into the issue of homelessness. BOTS also strives to create opportunities to gain new skills in leadership, editing, photography and other mediums. Sponsored by the Charter Oak Cultural Center, BOTS recently released its third edition and is presently compiling its fourth.