Blasting News is the leading, independent global social news platform.

Blasting News gives a voice to the ones who don’t have it, therefore bringing unbiased and plural perspectives to its engaged audience. Blasting News firm belief is that an accurate information can be achieved only through openness and plurality.

Blasting News rewards quality journalism through an innovative, decentralized model.

  • News articles are proposed for publication by an open community of delocalized, freelance contributors (termed Blasters) spread all around the world to cover a wide variety of topics, from local news to international political crises, from sports to gaming and entertainment.
  • Openness requires responsibility: when received, each news article is curated and fact-checked by a team of senior editors (termed Seniors). Seniors decide if each news article is worthy for publication, if it requires additional work, or if it has to be rejected.
  • Each published news article is placed in the most relevant Channels, which are vertical proprietary social networks around niche topics where readers can subscribe and engage.
  • The circulation of news articles is further augmented by a global team of distributed digital influencers (termed Social Blasters), who promote the best content to reach the highest engaged audience and to make a definitive impact.

Blasting News is open. Anyone can become a Blaster.

  • Blasting News is made by an open community of journalists, reporters, independent bloggers, writers and storytellers from all over the world. Anybody can be part of Blasting News community, no matter their gender, location, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, background, or ideas, as long as they create value for the entire community and follow the rules and responsibilities.
  • There is not any specific requirement to become a Blaster, such as a journalistic education or being a professional journalist. All that is needed is to be passionate about writing and have a great story to share with the world. However, there are certain requirements to become Senior or Social Blaster.
  • Blasting News welcomes professional journalists, which are a large part of its team and may enjoy complete editorial freedom: Blasting News values any and every perspective.
  • Moreover, to maintain the highest quality news and to offer real insights to its readers, Blasting News promotes specialization. Contributors are welcome to become experts in their area of interests, therefore adding further value to the Blasting News community. We promote Blasters and news content that show expertise, authority and trustworthiness.

Blasting News is neutral. This is its editorial policy.

  • Blasting News believes plurality is the answer to many of the toughest questions. Blasting News never judges the opinions expressed in the content we publish, but only the legitimacy, accuracy and the factual reality of the news. As a result, Blasting News offers a plurality of points of view, which is unique in the editorial landscape.
  • Consequently, Seniors are totally neutral. They verify the accuracy of the news articles and the strength of their headlines, but not the points of view, nor the biases, that each news article may contain.

Blasting News is into technology as much as it is into publishing.

  • Blasting News’ innovative, fully decentralized model is supported by proprietary and patented technology.
  • A large part of Blasting News internal staff is made of extraordinary software engineers.
  • Blasting news is actively researching machine learning and AI.

Blasting News mission is:

  • To give to our Blasters an international, curated, and professional platform to let their voices be heard.
  • To give to our readers from around the world an independent, authoritative, trustworthy, unbiased international news platform where they can find a plurality of points of view in the same unique space.

Blasting News has an ambitious objective: to make trustworthy news created by the public independently of one’s opinion, angle and views. A democratic, but curated, news platform where everyone has a voice.

Blasting News is independent.

Blasting News is free from any political, corporate or religious influences. Blasting News encourages different perspectives and views on the same or various subjects. Blasting News does not have a political or economic agenda, it stands for neutrality achieved through openness and plurality. Blasting News purpose is to serve a general audience.

Blasting News is open and democratic.

Blasting News does not have a central newsroom office and editorial board. We do not believe that a linear and traditional form of publishing can guarantee the quality of our features. We have developed the technology to promote and publish the most interesting and high-quality news from all over the globe.

Blasting News is meritocratic.

Blasting News’ compensation system rewards quality, measured in terms of engaged readers each news article gets and in terms of subscriber interest. The compensation scheme is fully disclosed. Our revenue comes from advertisements sold on article pages and, down the line, from subscriptions.

Blasting News is authoritative and trustworthy.

Blasting News makes a great effort to identify and promote the highest quality news. The quality of the news is guaranteed both by human curations and machine learning algorithms. Curation is done before the publishing of any news. The algorithms play a role both before the news is published and after publication (deciding which news articles to promote, to keep live without promotion, or to unpublish).

Key milestones.

  • 2013: Founded, in Switzerland.
  • 2014: Started global expansion.
  • 2015: Won the INSEAD startup competition at the INSEAD ALUMNI FORUM EUROPE 2015, awarded by leading investors, entrepreneurs and INSEAD professors.
  • 2016: Moved the headquarter to London (United Kingdom).
  • 2016: Awarded by Google DNI (Digital News Innovation Fund), a European programme part of the Google News Initiative, an effort to help journalism thrive in the digital age.
  • 2017: Reached 100 Million monthly unique on-site visitors.
  • 2017: Set up offices and teams in New York and Sao Paulo.
  • 2018: Exceeded 20,000 original video news published each month.
  • 2018: Launched Channels and started to focus on Subscriptions.

Key Data.

  • Blasting News is now part of the top 300 most visited website in the world (Alexa Ranking).
  • Highest of 100+ Million unique on-site visitors every month.
  • Highest of 350+ Million video views every month.
  • 20,000-25,000 original news articles published every month.
  • 20,000-25,000 original video-news published every month.
  • 2,000 active contributors on the platform every month.
  • 250+ vertical Channels where people can engage about their favourite vertical topics.
  • 70% subscribed readers growth month over month, since 2018 focus on subscriptions.

The History.

Blasting News was created in 2013 by Andrea Manfredi, a passionate advocate of truthful, fast-paced journalism. Frustrated with the traditional singularity of a newsroom, Andrea decided to create something different. He hired a handful of freelance journalists mainly focused on news regarding financial and insurance products, and gave them the freedom to embrace their own ideas and opinions. In exchange, he would compensate them according to the number of engaged visitors for their articles on his website.
The freelancers loved the idea and decided to invite more people to write for the website. In less than three months, Blasting News had 3,000 registered users, and by June 2013, the website had 2 million monthly unique visitors.
After observing the rapid growth, and to give more diversity for the contributors (now termed Blasters) to write and therefore drive more readership, Andrea and his team decided to organize Blasting News into different categories, including Politics, Finance, Entertainment, and Sports, among others.
Due to the high volume of articles being produced in a short of period of time, seniors editors (now termed Seniors) were hired as curators of Blasting News to check every single article prior to publishing. Seniors were given the power to approve, reject and amend every piece of content to make sure that false, sensationalist and click-baiting news was filtered out. Proprietary technology was also created to detect errors and ensure that the website was free of plagiarism, offensive content, veracity, and several other issues.
In addition to Blasters, and in order to drive more engaged readership to Blasting News, in 2016 social media influencers (now termed Social Blasters) were offered the opportunity to be remunerated for sharing popular content, according to their preferred subjects, to generate more traffic. From that moment on, Blasting News became an all-in-one platform where production and distribution of content work together: where the main goal is to develop systems that promote the dissemination of information.
In 2016, Blasting News won the Google DNI awards and is now among the top 300 most visited websites in the world (based on Alexa Ranking).
After reaching 100 million monthly unique visitors in 2017 and growing its user base and content production rate—20,000-25,000 news articles each month and 20,000-25,000 videos each month—Blasting News decided to improve its product and service by creating Channels. Channels are vertical, proprietary social networks around niche topics, where readers can subscribe and engage with content and other readers. With Channels, Blasting News aims to provide its readers with the best content available online around the topics they care about, also by opening its platform to third-party content.
As part of its accelerated growth strategy, Blasting News is also currently branching out and creating new products and tools that will help other publishers, business owners, and Blasters create engaged communities and further enrich their publishing capabilities, especially in the video ecosystem.

Blasting News has grown globally since the very beginning under the motto: “A Global Presence for a Global Coverage”. We believe that Blasting News can have a major positive impact on society if developed globally, connecting people from all around the world in order for them to share different opinions, points of view, and experiences on the most important stories and news unfolding in their communities.

Blasting News has readers in five continents. It reports news in nine countries and in six languages. As a consequence, in order to develop a better connection with the territory and understanding of the culture of each country (nonetheless, while better developing its operating business), Blasting News set up five offices spread throughout four continents.

London (headquarter)

Portland House, Bressenden Place - SW1E 5RS
United Kingdom

Hong Kong

(currently changing location)

Milan

Via Tortona, 33 - 20144
Italy

New York

261, Madison Ave - 10016
United States

Rome

Viale dei Santi Pietro e Paolo, 21 - 00144
Italy

Sao Paulo

Av. das Nações Unidas, 12901 - Cidade Monções - SP 04578-910
Brazil

Blasting News takes part in many prominent publishing events. These are all great opportunities to connect with the Blasting News team, in order to share ideas on the future of journalism, the publishing industry, or Blasting News’ business. See below where Blasting News representatives are giving keynote speeches or contributing to panels:

UPCOMING EVENTS

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PAST KEY EVENTS (among the others)

Event: Horasis Global Meeting 2018
Location: Cascais, Portugal
Date: 2018 May,7
Sum-up: How can the publishing industry win the war against Fake News? Is branded content a legitimate source of news or just another type of untrustworthy information? Should Facebook be responsible for the content shared on its platform? Can artificial intelligence be a reliable fact checking system either now or in the near future?
These were some of the hard questions discussed on May 7th at the Horasis Global Meeting 2018 by a group of serial media entrepreneurs and well-respected professionals. The occasion was a panel titled “Minimizing Spin, Fake and False News” that had as a Chairman Axel Bugge, Chief Correspondent at Reuters, and as speakers Andrea Manfredi (founder and CEO of the social news platform Blasting News), Luis Correia da Silva (Managing Partner at Think Tour), Olav Zu Ermgassen (Managing Director at Ermgassen & Co.), Hugh Miles (Founder of Arab Digest), Joanne Sawicki (Founder and CEO at Cerescom) Gagik Yeghiazarian (CEO and Co-Founder at PUBLIQ Foundation).

Event: Digital Media Europe 2018 Conference
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Date: 2018 April,11
Sum-up: Andrea Manfredi addressed one of this year’s themes, “How Publishers can make money after the Facebook crash”, along with another international and well-renowned names in the industry, such as Gavi Lahav, Head of Product at Financial Times, and Rebecca Grossman-Cohen, VP, Audience + Platforms at The New York Times, among other speakers who attended the conference.

Event: Ninja Marketing’s conference on Branded Content
Location: Milan, Italy
Date: 2017 November,17
Sum-up: Blasting News took part in the Ninja Marketing’s conference around branded content, hosted in Milan, the most prominent Italian city for innovation and technology. Professionals, marketing experts and journalists came together to debate branded content and its implications for media companies. Along with Andrea Manfredi, Blasting News Founder and CEO, some of the speakers included Marco Gobbi Pansana, Head of Communications at Red Bull, Federico Nejrotti, Editor-in-Chief at Vice Motherboard Italia, and Giulio Gambino, Founder of The Post International.

Event: NOAH London 2017 Internet Conference
Location: London, UK
Date: 2017 November, 3
Sum-up: Blasting News had the opportunity to present at the NOAH London 2017 Internet Conference to a group of leading entrepreneurs, senior executives and global investors. The London-based conference—the most prominent of its kind—hosted over 1,500 senior executives in the European digital industry: internet executives, industry insiders, and investors were given the opportunity at NOAH to share insights on innovative digital concepts and foster key business relationships.

Event: DiG Publishing 2017
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Date: 2017 October, 2
Sum-up: Andrea Manfredi, CEO of Blasting News—the largest social news magazine in the world—joined the roundtable discussion “Publishers: become a platform or die?” at DiG Publishing 2017 in Lisbon this past weekend, discussing strategies to reinvent modern journalism and why content alone is no longer enough.
Location: New York, USA
Date: 2017 July, 21
Sum-up: New York has played host to globally renowned publishers and tech giants with the aim to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the publishing industry in 2017. Blasting News Founder & CEO Andrea Manfredi attended the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit 2017 to showcase the latest innovations that helped Blasting News grow to 100 million active users faster than Facebook in its start-up phase.

Event: NOAH Internet Conference 2016
Location: London, UK
Date: 2016 November, 11
Sum-up: Blasting News presented its success story—how to go from 0 to 100 million unique on-site visitors in just over 3 years—to leading entrepreneurs, senior executives and investors at the 8th annual NOAH Internet Conference in London on November 11th, 2016. NOAH is "the preeminent European event where Internet CEOs, executives and investors gain deep insights into the latest proven concepts, network with senior executives, and establish new business relationships".

Event: Swiss e-commerce conference
Location: Baden, Switzerland
Date: 2016 November, 2
Sum-up: Blasting News joined the Swiss E-Commerce Conference—with more than 700 anticipated participants from all over Europe—to discuss how to reinvent content creation and enhance user engagement for e-commerce brands and digital businesses. The Swiss E-Commerce Conference has been organized by NetComm Suisse Association.

Event: Founder Forum
Location: New York, USA
Date: 2016 September, 27
Sum-up: Blasting News has been selected to enter the Founders Forum Rising Stars in New York City, "an event - said Jonnie Goodwin of The Telegraph - to honor those individuals who are blazing the brightest trails as tech entrepreneurs.”

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