Online Student Journo Site ‘Scoop 44’ Gets Knight Grant

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By: E&P Staff

Scoop44, the online news operation staffed and run by student and young journalists, announced expansion plans Wednesday that will be funded by a two-year $242,800 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Scoop44 said the grant will allow it to increase the quality and quantity of news stories focused on themes of interest to young people.

“We are confident that Scoop44 will galvanize the nation’s finest young
minds to contribute distinct, substantive reportage, ushering in a new age of political coverage and a nonprofit blueprint for existing and future outlets,” said a statement from Alexander Heffner, Scoop Media’s president and editor-in-chief who is a freshman at Harvard University.

Scoop44 said it is expanding its network of student journalists stationed in Washington, D.C. and nationwide to “deliver nonpartisan coverage through multiple mediums and platforms,” including feature-length articles, blog posts, multimedia reports, podcasts, email alerts, and live online chats.

“With the youth vote at historic levels in 2008, Scoop44 has the unique
opportunity to use digital tools to capitalize on that interest by bringing
a generational lens to the political stories of the day,” Gary Kebbel, the Knight Foundation’s journalism program director said in a statement.

Scoop44, named to signify that it is covering the administration of the 44th U.S. president, was launched a little more than two months ago.

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