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The Scope is a digital social justice magazine. We are committed to serving communities in Boston that traditional media often overlook. We recognize that there are many excellent local news organizations in Boston and our aim is to work alongside and support these voices, not compete with them, by uncovering local stories of justice, hope and resilience. We welcome diverse perspectives on areas including housing, race, criminal justice and LGBTQ rights. The Scope is an editorially independent project of Northeastern University’s School of Journalism. It receives funding from The Poynter Institute, through the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship, a new partnership between the Poynter Institute and the Charles Koch Foundation.


Original reporting, in-depth analysis, important questions.

Meet Boston’s leading changemakers, read about their successes, their challenges and hopes for the future.

Thought-provoking takes on the issues that matter to Boston’s communities.

From protests and legal reform, to housing development and community activism, read local news from in and around Boston.

Long-term projects and special series, highlighting the unique characteristics and challenges faced by Boston’s neighborhoods.

Comments, tips, story ideas

Send us an email: thescopenu@gmail.com

Read our submissions guidelines and editorial standards.

Contact us if you would like to use our content for free. All re-published work must include the original creator’s byline.

Our Team


Catherine McGloin graduated from Northeastern University with a master’s degree in journalism in 2019, having earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Edinburgh and following a decade as a freelance journalist and content manager in the U.K. She combined her digital communications experience and journalism skills to create innovative and independent local journalism as a staff writer at The Bay State Banner, and hopes to continue to use her work to empower communities and give them a voice here at the Scope.

Managing Editor of Content 

Eileen O’Grady is a journalism graduate student at Northeastern University. She holds a B.A. in politics and French from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where she served as news editor for the Mount Holyoke News from 2017-2018. In her home state of Vermont she has done extensive reporting for The Shelburne News and The Citizen. Her coverage of a legal battle between a small town government and a statewide railroad company was published on the investigative news website Vermont Digger. She is happy to have the opportunity to continue her pursuit of local stories in neighborhoods around Boston.

Digital Director

Alexa Gagosz is a recent graduate of Suffolk University and current Masters of Media Innovation student at Northeastern University. She hailed from a small, sleepy town in the southeast corner of Connecticut until she started her life over at 18 when she moved to Boston. Almost instantly, she discovered what made her thrive: journalism. She filled the position of Editor-in-Chief of The Suffolk Journal, where she rebranded an 80-year-old, archaic collegiate newspaper and brought it into the digital age and ended up earning second place for Best Newspaper Apple Award in the country. She was also the Acting International News Editor and helped pull a a win for Best Website with the Associated Collegiate Press. She has clips and multimedia work in the Hartford Courant, Chicago Tribune, ABC News and the Norwich Bulletin.

In the future, it is her personal goal to figure a way to “save journalism” in the sense of salvaging the newspaper industry. It is no secret that the subscription to a newspaper is a gift to those who find reading the truth and documentation of humankind priceless, however, there is a growing percentage of the population that do not find it as popular. It’s Alexa’s intention to rid that stigma.