With The Scope, Huffington Post joins the vertical craze

The Huffington Post is hoping that a change in branding can attract a new audience to its health coverage. The Scope, launched earlier this month after about six months of planning, is a new editorial brand made up of content from Huffington Post and elsewhere. Rather than straight news or straight service, The Scope is meant to house service-y stories produced by lifestyle reporters, policy-focused stories filed by correspondents in DC, and everything in between.

“The ethos of the team is, ‘Every story is a health story,’” said Meredith Melnick, the Scope’s editor.

It’s also the latest step the AOL-owned publisher’s taken away from the scale-chasing strategy that saw it stand up editorial sections on everything under the sun. Now that scale for scale’s sake is falling out of fashion, a growing number of publishers are trying to build smaller, more focused editorial brands, and they are using platforms as a way to dip their toes in the water.

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