Blasting News

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Blasting News
Type of businessPrivate
Type of site
Social journalism
Available inEnglish
Founded2013; 6 years ago (2013)
Founder(s)Andrea Manfredi
Employees2,500 contributors (2017)
Alexa rank1,761th most visited site in the world (2018) [1]
Registration3 million people registered (free)

Blasting News is a digital social news platform.

Blasting News is based on the concept of collective intelligence applied to news reporting, usually referred as social journalism, citizen journalism, alternative media or collaborative journalism[2]: it gives the opportunity to professional journalists and non-professional freelancers to report news in a professional setting, ideally fostering a plurality of different points of view.[3] From a methodology standpoint, Blasting News applies a metered form of openness, similar to WikiTribune: everybody can propose a news story, but every piece of news is curated and fact-checked by a team of senior professionals, with a proven journalistic background, before publication (which is not granted automatically).[4]


In 2013, Blasting News launched in Switzerland.[5]


According to Alexa Ranking,[1] Blasting News went from being the 304° to being the 149° most read website in the world in little more than four years after foundation. The site is currently producing and publishing (on a global scale) 20,000 original video-news articles[6] and 25,000 original news articles each month.[7]

Blasting News gets a significant portion of its readership from social media[8] and it pays some of the contributors accordingly, based on the engaged readers each of their articles receive. This method has generated mixed reactions: some say it is a transparent method that rewards quality through engagement, while others say it results in far-too-low compensation.[9] [10] [11]

Disputes and Editorial Policy[edit]

The site was accused of potentially distributing misleading news, given that the platform pays not only professional journalists, but also freelancers and digital influencers (termed "social blasters"). However, the site is ranked as Reliable by commonly used third party fact-checkers[12] and has an Editorial Policy in place[13] aligned with the commitments requested by "The Trust Project - News with Integrity."[14] In May 2018, Blasting News Founder CEO discussed at the Horasis Global Meeting in Cascais (Portugal) how to win the war against fake news.[15] [16]


In 2016, Blasting News was awarded by Google DNI (Digital News Innovation Fund) a grant of Euro 0.5 million to revolutionize digital information throughout Europe.[17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] Google DNI is a European program part of the Google News Initiative, an effort to help journalism thrive in the digital age.


  1. ^ a b " Traffic, Demographics and Competitors". Alexa. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Albeanu, Catalina (28 May 2015). "The Blasting News model for social journalism".
  3. ^ "BlastingNews". Media Bias/Fact Check. June 24, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Cave, Andrew (April 24, 2015). "Blastingnews: 250,000 Writers and 11 Million Readers. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?". Forbes Blogs.
  5. ^ "Blasting News sbarca in Ticino". Ticino News. January 28, 2014.
  6. ^ "Blasting News produce 20.000 video originali al mese". Prima Comunicazione. 20 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Blasting News - PEI - Private Equity Insights".
  8. ^ "How one viral publisher uses Facebook groups to grow big numbers". Digiday. 8 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Get Paid for Traffic: The Scoop on Writing for Blasting News". 10 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Blasting News, il caso del portale che paga i collaboratori in base al successo degli articoli". Wired. 27 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Blasting News Review: Should You Sign Up for the Site? - Become a Freelance Writer". 25 January 2017.
  12. ^ "".
  13. ^ News, Blasting. "Blasting News: Let's change global information. Together". Blasting
  14. ^ "The Trust Project – News With Integrity".
  15. ^ "Global Meeting Brochure" (PDF). May 2018.
  16. ^ "How to win the war against Fake News? The answers coming from the Horasis Global Meeting 2018". 8 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Blasting News - Digital News Initiative".
  18. ^ Man, Til (2 March 2016). "Who won Google's Digital News Initiative?". Medium.
  19. ^ "Google announces winners of digital news initiative fund". Telegraph. 24 February 2016.
  20. ^ "Google news initiative awards six figure sums". Press Gazette. February 2016.
  21. ^ "Trinity mirror receives six figure sum, googles digital news initiative". The Drum. 26 February 2016.
  22. ^ "Polityka, Agora, i Tok FM zdobyły dofinansowanie z Google DNI". February 2016.