We will cover relevant news events, produce watchdog journalism and seek diverse commentary and in-depth analysis of local equality and justice issues.

The Scope is an experimental digital magazine focused on telling stories of justice, hope and resilience in Greater Boston. We are editorially independent and operated by Northeastern University’s School of Journalism. We practice journalism as an act of service, working to connect communities, inform civic life and amplify voices that are often overlooked or mischaracterized by traditional media. Our work is available for free on a variety of digital platforms and is intended to supplement, not compete with, the city’s existing news outlets.

Our staff includes graduate and undergraduate students who are supervised by a full-time professional editor and a faculty advisor; in the future, we will create formal roles for members of the community. We will cover relevant news events, produce watchdog journalism and seek diverse commentary and in-depth analysis of local equality and justice issues. Engaging underrepresented communities, building sustainable outreach models and increasing civic participation is central to our mission. 

The Scope will embrace a variety of techniques including solutions journalismrestorative narratives and “less-extractive” reporting in an ongoing effort to redefine the relationship between journalists and the communities they cover. On occasion, we will also experiment with new technologies and storytelling techniques with the goal of sharing best practices with other local news organizations and journalism educators.


What we cover

NewsFrom protests and legal reform, to housing development and community activism, read local news from in and around Boston.
FeaturesOriginal reporting, in-depth analysis, important questions.
Opinion + IdeasThought-provoking takes on the issues that matter to Boston’s communities.
ChangemakersMeet Boston’s leading changemakers, read about their successes, their challenges and hopes for the future.
Special ProjectsLong-term projects and special series, highlighting the unique characteristics and challenges faced by Boston’s neighborhoods.
Stay tuned for these special projects on our homepage and our social channels.