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.