The redesigns for BlackPressUSA.com and the NNPA New Wire feature vastly improved user experiences for both platforms prior to October 2015. There are really too many features and tools to name in one brief statement, but it is important to note the direction and format that original content will take on in coming months.

“We’re very excited about the newly redesigned BlackPressUSA.com website and the NNPA News Wire. As we strive to improve the user experience of BlackPressUSA.com and to increase reader engagement, video content will play a more prominent role on the site. We are currently in discussions with key partners that will provide news programs, lifestyle shows and documentaries for BlackPressUSA.com,” said Freddie Allen, Manager of NNPA News Wire Service and BlackPressUSA.com.

“Not only have we improved the functionality and the visual interface of the NNPA News Wire, we have also increased the amount of video content and the number of high-resolution images provided for download,” he said. In coming weeks, Lauren Burke, a veteran political reporter (follow Lauren on Twitter @lvburke) will join the news wire to augment coverage of Capitol Hill and the White House. Lauren has worked for USA Today.com, The Washington Post, The Hill, and the Associated Press.

In coming months, the NNPA New Wire will also produce features on every single member of the Congressional Black Caucus and U.S. Representatives who serve in districts where member publications are located. “It is time that we started using our proximity to the halls of power and our voice to spark a much-needed dialogue between elected officials and their constituents in the Black community,” Allen said.