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 journalism, restorative 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.


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.

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.