We're really impressed that so many of you entered in what is half-term week for lots of schools!
There were so many brilliant guidelines for how to be sceptical about the news you read. Stars were awarded for those who gave a clear and thought-out way of testing whether what you're reading is accurate.
Our Primary winner this week is spirited_insect of Braiswick Primary School. Their entry explained two ways to test a news story and did this in a straightforward and easy to follow style. Well done!
Our Secondary winner is jovial_duck of Hornsey School for Girls. We were particularly impressed at how their steps to scepticism were not only original, but were also followed by a clear explanation to help the reader understand their point.
Thank you to all who entered! Why not take part in the next competition on our brand-new issue!
From Thursday 24th October, it is Global Media and Information Literacy Week. This week is marked by UNESCO every year and it's a big chance for people across the world to think about the things we read and how we can ask questions to find the truth.
The big focus this year is people in the digital age and how we can understand the dangers of misinformation, and show the 'scepticism' we talk about so much in the Burnet News Club!
So this week, your challenge is to design a test to check whether a news story we read online is accurate.
You can comment with any ideas or strategies, and you might want to think about the following things:
- What questions might we need to ask about the story? For example, "before judging an online news story, we should ask..."
- What might be the warning signs of a story that isn't entirely truthful?
- What should we look for in an online news story to be sure it is accurate?