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Globe Magazine Class Students Tackle College Dating

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This Sunday's Boston Globe Magazine will be a font of information for college singles and the people who love them (or hope to be loved by them), thanks to students in Assistant Professor Susanne Althoff's publishing and writing class. 

Students' takes and research on the trends, pitfalls, and pratfalls of college dating will be featured in the Globe Magazine's Dating Issue on March 25, and are available now on the Globe's homepage

This is the second year Althoff has offered a class that centers around pitching and producing content for the Globe Magazine, where she was editor for several years, and the third year Althoff has teamed up with a media partner to give students real-world opportunities to hone their storytelling abilities and sharpen their eyes for what readers (and publishers) want to see. 

“Being at the Globe for [12] years, I’m able to tell students lots of details about who its readers are, what readers have responded to in the past, which stories get a lot of web traffic and which don’t,” Althoff told Emerson College Today last year. 

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So far, Writing, Literature and Publishing major Katja Vujic '18 has two stories live on the Globe site. One examines how it's de rigueur for crushing college students to act nonchalant and uninterested in each other, and another is on the perils of using dating apps to meet fellow students. 

Senior Journalism major Josh Coe '18 wrote about how hard it is for college Republicans to find love, and Brooke Knisley, an MA candidate in Publishing and Writing explored how students understand consent in the age of #MeToo. Fellow graduate student Natasha Ishak used personal experience in writing about parents who stress out about their kids using dating apps. And in case you're over Tinder and OKCupid, grad student Melanie Thibeault has Fake Dating App quiz. Only one is fake. It better not be the one for cheese lovers. 

Keep your eyes peeled. Althoff said her students are at work on more stories they hope to get into the magazine. 

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