The management of SendThisFile is very enthusiastic about the future of Internet news sites
Andover, KS (Vocus) July 13, 2010
ScoopFire editor and Director of Operations, Adam Knapp, has purchased online newspaper ScoopFire.com from SendThisFile.com, a file transfer service. Knapp has worked for the news website since its soft launch in Andover, Kansas last fall, contributing to ScoopFire's increasing readership growth.
SendThisFile CEO and founder of ScoopFire, Aaron Freeman, is thrilled the news website will now be in the hands of Knapp, an award-winning newspaper journalist for the last 20 years. "The management of SendThisFile is very enthusiastic about the future of Internet news sites," Freeman said. "Online news is far removed from SendThisFile's core business, so we decided to seek out someone who could take ScoopFire to the next level. We were very excited that someone with Adam's experience would take it over and dedicate the time needed for the site to reach its potential."
Freeman, who has helped turn SendThisFile into one of the most used electronic file transfer services in the world allowing customers to easily and securely send large files, had the idea for an online newspaper last year. His original business model would require readers to pay 10 cents for every article read, with a percentage of that charge going back to the article’s writer.
Freeman developed ScoopFire with Knapp, who decided the website should be a hyperlocal source of online news focused on small towns. Many of the items on ScoopFire, like police reports and articles on community events are free, while other articles cost 10 cents to read.
"Aaron had a terrific idea for somewhat reinventing the way online journalism will work, and deserves credit for having the guts to try something new," Knapp said. "Our new team is thrilled with the opportunity and owes a big thanks to Aaron and SendThisFile. We believe in the business model and are committed to making ScoopFire a profitable entity."
ScoopFire started in Andover, Kansas, with the goal of providing "hyperlocal" news and content – meaning it focuses on Andover and Andover only. ScoopFire is trying a business model that is unique to journalism: Readers pay just 10 cents for every article they wish to click on. Many stories are free to read, including articles that have to do with community services and events. ScoopFire covers everything you would expect from a local newspaper – education, business, sports, community profiles, weddings, police reports, and so on – with a website that is interactive with the reader. ScoopFire’s mission is to grace communities with an online news source that can offer more technologically than a print newspaper, but has the same journalistic standards of excellence.
About Adam Knapp
Most of Adam Knapp's career has been at the Wichita Eagle, Kansas’s largest newspaper (1996-2007), where he won three national writing awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE). Knapp has also worked for the Arkansas City Traveler, St. Joseph (Missouri) News-Press and the Wichita Business Journal. Knapp’s articles have appeared in Baseball America and ESPN.com.