HUNTER newshounds have helped drive the Newcastle Herald's new offering to the top of Australia's iPhone news application rankings.
So far more than 8000 people have upgraded from the original app or downloaded the new version in under a week.
The Herald was No.1 in the App Store free news category at the weekend, and remained in the top five yesterday.
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Officially unveiled on Saturday, the next-generation app features a new "Report" function that allow readers to make and break the news.
Readers can contribute to special assignments and have the ability to email tips to our newsroom straight from a button on the iPhone app.
The first assignment - to send in a photograph of favourite places in the Hunter region - has already drawn hundreds of responses.
Newcastle Newspapers advertising manager Jason King said the app also provided easier and better access for the 50,000 or so iPhone unique users who each month visit theherald.com.au website.
"The response has been terrific," Mr King said.