Young Journo’s Site Gets Two Hundred Thou From Knight Foundation

An online news outlet staffed by college and high school journalists is receiving $242,800 from the Knight Foundation to expand its coverage.

Scoop44, covering national politics and the Obama administration, will use the grant money to “staff correspondents and editors in order to increase the quality and quantity of news stories focusing on the next generation,” according to a release from Knight.

Scoop44’s predecessor, Scoop08, gained national media attention and used a network of 400 student journalists to collect and report election information from across the country, though founder Alexander Heffner, now a Harvard freshman, admitted that “we’re still looking for that first big scoop.”

Scoop44 has interviewed political figures like Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, reported on campus economics and youth homelessness, and created blogs, robust video, and more.