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Mental health, pandemic prayers and online dating part of The Scavenger's latest collection

February 17, 2021 | Society, Campus Life

If you're looking for something to read during isolation and while a brutal cold snap lingers, check out the latest edition of The Scavenger.

The Scavenger is the annual collection of feature-length stories written, edited and published online by journalism students in the Bachelor of Communication Studies program as part of their course work for BCSC 422: Advanced Reporting and Writing.

This year's collection, naturally, includes stories about COVID-19 ("Pandemic Prayers" and "Baking, Bread and Beans"), along with features on mental health ("Struggling through grief…" and "Hitting below the belt"), navigating relationships ("Tinder Gold…"), community challenges ("Out of Sight, Out of Mind") and more.

Going into the Fall 2020 term, the returning journalism students faced a challenging (and historic) news cycle. Jana Pruden, a reporter at The Globe and Mail and sessional instructor teaching journalism in the Bachelor of Communication Studies program, shares a notable saying that journalism is the first rough draft of history, so she wanted her students to try to record as much of this period as possible.

Rather than work on their feature pieces throughout the term and publish before the holiday break, Pruden established three publication dates. While students polished and published their first features, they were also writing their second and planning for their third.

"Part of my thinking was that this would be a very challenging term to be a student with so much going on," says Pruden. "My hope had been to connect to the students and make them feel productive and empowered to be witnesses to this period in history."

Pruden says she is amazed at the work that the students produced, several of them overcoming difficult personal situations to meet deadlines and get their work online. Some, like Corbin Stewart who wrote about his family's struggles in isolation following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, wrote about their experiences in their long-form stories.

"We saw students take some of these unexpected and challenging situations and turn them into really great reads," says Pruden.

Give it a read: The Scavenger 2020 edition.


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The Scavenger continues to showcase the talents of journalism students in the Bachelor of Communication Studies program.

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