Blottr, the citizen journalism or ‘people powered’ news service, is increasing the ways in which its participants can report to the site with the release of its new Android app.

The app is free and it provides a way to capture the events so that eye-witnesses can create news stories with their mobile devices on the Blottr website from anywhere in the world.

Since its release in July 2011, the original Blottr app has had more than 35,000 downloads, significantly boosting the mobile reporting and news consumption which now drives 23 percent of traffic to Blottr.com.

Blottr has been working hard recently to open up the methods available to citizen journalists globally. Earlier this year the news site added Facebook integration so that readers and newsmakers can distribute the headlines that are meaningful to them.

Blottr Citizen journalism site Blottr releases native Android app for reading and newsgathering

The company has also introduced an HTML5 version and an iOS app is on the horizon. All of which should help Blottr increase the possible amount of contributors who can report events happening around them.

Links within the Blottr app open up the device browser so that the full content can be read on the mobile site.

Users with devices running from Android 2.1 and up can visit the Blottr page on Google Play in their browser to try it out.

➤ Blottr Android app

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