Real Change: How Seattle’s street newspaper plans to survive in the digital age

Real Change vendor William Ellington, 25, stands on a sidewalk near an entrance to the Lower Queen Anne QFC, selling papers in 40-degree weather. He keeps possessions in two plastic bags at his feet. He says he hasn’t made much money yet selling the paper, but is making connections he hopes will help in the future. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)
Real Change vendor William Ellington, 25, stands on a sidewalk near an entrance to the Lower Queen Anne QFC, selling papers in 40-degree weather. He keeps possessions in two plastic bags at his feet. He says he hasn’t made much money yet selling the paper, but is making connections he hopes will help in the future. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

The paper, which turns 25 this year, has put millions of dollars into the pockets of some of our city’s poorest residents — and has no intention of folding.