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Winners announced in national Rewrite the Headlines competition

The Young Academy of Scotland’s Research the Headlines Working Group has announced the winners of Rewrite the Headlines, its national competition to engage schoolchildren and undergraduate students in critical evaluation of media stories.

The competition, which ran through Autumn 2015, challenged participants to examine the research behind popular news stories.  In addition to encouraging critical evaluation of the news, the programme helped young people better understand what research is, how it gets translated from specialised areas to popular media, and then how they might translate it back.

The winning primary class, from St Roch’s Primary and Hearing Impaired School, Glasgow, turned the recent headline ‘Processed meats do cause cancer – WHO’, into ‘Eating processed meat slightly increases risk of cancer’. The research story was one which had generated a lot of interest and confusion when originally released and the judges were impressed with how the class explained their new headline.

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Our blog, Research the Headlines, is delighted to announce that is received funding from the British Academy to carry out an exciting new project from now until March 2016. The 'Rewrite the Headlines' competition will aim to "raise awareness of, and engage young people in, the critical consumption of research that may impact their lives."

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/Edinburgh and Glasgow, 26-28 April 2013/

    /£150 (£400) per place (depending whether you're affiliated to a Beltane partner university)

    The red light comes on and you’re live on air to millions of
    listeners. That’s the experience replicated in this immersive
    three-day media course hosted by the Beltane Network. The radio show
    might be just a simulation but for that added touch of reality,
    you’re installed in one of the state of the art studios at the BBC’s
    Pacific Quay Glasgow headquarters.

    Also on the workshop, you explore the newsgathering process,
    producing video and radio reports for the evening news. There will
    be nowhere to hide as you work in groups filming, scripting and
    editing to tight deadlines. Last but certainly not least, you’ll
    learn what makes a great media story.

    This course is open to academic and research staff and PhD students
    working on any subject. The fee includes lunch and refreshments at
    breaks and is a substantial discount on the actual cost per heard

    · Further information:

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Alan Gow

Dr Alan J. Gow is a Lecturer in Psychology at Heriot-Watt University. With a background in Psychology, his research focuses on the identification of lifestyle and psychosocial factors that predict successful ageing, primarily cognitive ageing.

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