Citizen journalism website Blottr launches redesign

Citizen journalism website Blottr has unveiled a redesign of its websites in the UK, France and Germany.

The new Blottr homepage will see a greater emphasis on user engagement, a viral videos section and a breaking bite-sized news section, with the aim of giving a 'more socially integrated experience".

Founder Adam Baker said: 'The latest version of Blottr underlines the commitment we are making to both our audience and our community of citizen journalists, which has grown to become the largest in Europe.

'With this in mind, you will see an increased focus concentrated on big topics, taking a deeper dive into issues that affect us all, be it in the areas we live or world issues impacting our lives.

'The power of citizens from across the world collaborating together to expose news that would likely otherwise fall below the mainstream radar is hugely exciting, yet also necessary in the increasingly transparent world we live in".

Blottr said that since its launch in August in 2010 the site has grown to around two million unique monthly users following launches into France and Germany.

The new site will also feature more opinion pieces from its claimed 5,000 contributors.

Baker added: 'Blottr has provided the platform for a wealth of fantastic writers, with strong personal opinions on many different topics, to reach a broad audience compelled to read their thoughts.

'We will be rewarding our most influential contributors with their own columns, which we believe delivers the most interesting, unbiased view of current affairs in the UK today, written by the people, for the people".

Last year the website went live in Cardiff, Leicester, Newcastle and Liverpool following earlier launches in Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.

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