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Record month for as 10 million readers visit site

Published 10/08/2015 | 02:30

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July was a bumper month for after it hit the 10 million unique user mark for the first time ever.

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A record number of readers visited the website for news, sports and entertainment updates.

The landmark figure was the result of a combined team effort across the Independent News and Media (INM) group.

The data, which was based on internal analytics, showed the audience reached around the globe was more than 10 million users.

However, the figure does not take into account people reading our stories on our apps.

Fionnuala O'Leary, Digital Editor for Independent News & Media, said the drive to engage with more people than ever before is underpinned by an integrated newsroom.

"This helps to break news faster and deliver more in-depth opinions and analysis than ever before," she added.

Meanwhile, several INM journalists successfully applied for support from the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to cover stories on development issues.

Earlier this year,'s Denise Calnan travelled to Mombasa, Kenya, to focus on both the use of technology in primary school education in the developing country and feature writer Graham Clifford travelled to the Sahara Desert for a combined online and print project that focused on the daily lives of nomadic women at the desert's refugee camps.

Others due to travel in the coming months include Louise Kelly, who will go to Guatemala to highlight how women do not widely take part in the decision-making process, and Declan Whooley to visit a refugee camp in Lebanon.

Deirdre O'Shaughnessy will go to Cambodia, Jenny Barker was awarded funds to travel to Haiti and Paul McCambridge was awarded funds to travel to Nepal and India.

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