You are a reporter for The Outlook, Monmouth University’s newspaper. It is your job to cover the health beat. Choose a newly published (< 1 year old) peer-reviewed epidemiological study or a MMWR research report (not press release) from the CDC and translate the study’s findings into a 500-1200 word popular press article so that your target audience (Monmouth Students) can understand new findings in the field of epidemiology.

Your submission should include:

  • A copy of the epidemiological peer reviewed article or MMWR report (not press release) you translated.
  • Your 500-1200 word newspaper article translating the findings for popular consumption by the Monmouth University community.

Source Article is: (25 points)

  • Submitted with the assignment in its totality (no partial prints)
  • Peer reviewed literature or an MMWR report from the CDC
  • An epidemiological article
  • Published in the last year

****THE ASSIGNMENT MUST MEET THE ABOVE CRITERIA TO BE GRADED BEYOND THESE 25 POINTS*****

Written translation: 125 points

  • Accurately reflects the content of the source article
  • Is a NEWSPAPER article written for the Monmouth University audience
    • Clearly explains the health issue and provides enough context for the background health problem for those unfamiliar with the topic
    • Describes statistics and findings in an easy to understand way for non-health scientists
      • Passes the “grandma test”
    • Links the content to the audience’s life or world in some way—AKA answers the question, “Why should we care about this?”
  • References the source article so that others who want to read the source study/report can find it (not as an APA citation, but in the body of the text)
  • Has a catchy title so that the audience will want to read it
  • Is formatted properly:
    • Is free of spelling and grammatical errors
    • Flows nicely and is easy to read
    • Length is between 500-1200 words
  • IS NOT PLAGERISM!! – This is worth all of the points. If your article is plagiarized, you will receive a zero and you will be reported to the academic standards review board.

Final copies of the article (including the source article you translated) are due to the DROPBOX and in paper copy to the professor Thursday, December 6th at the beginning of class. If you did a draft, the paper copy of the graded draft and all associated feedback must be turned in with the final submission.

If you would like the professor to review a draft of your article and receive feedback, you must submit a COMPLETE draft of your article and the source article in hard copy to the professor by the beginning of class on November 19th. I highly encourage you to take advantage of this option, as these are the students who ended up being successful on this assignment.

 

HE 350- Translating Epi paper grading rubric
Student Name
Components Excellent Strong Adequate Poor
Reflection of Source Content

*HIGH IMPORTANCE*

All content accurately reflects source article content. Minor variations from source content that do not significantly affect the reading of article. Deviations from the source article apparent. Content only adequately reflected in the news article. Needs significantimprovement.
Audience Tailored

 

*HIGH IMPORTANCE*

Is written for the Monmouth University audience in the format of a NEWSPAPER article in a way that:

  • Clearly explains the health issue and provides enough context for the background health problem for those unfamiliar with the topic
  • Describes statistics and findings in an easy to understand way for non-health scientists
    • Passes the “grandma test”
  • Links the content to the audience’s life or world in a meaningful way—AKA answers the question, “Why should we care about this?” with insight into the target population
All required elements completed

Needs minor improvement in tailoring and/or explanation

Most required elements completed

Needs significant improvement in tailoring and/or explanation

Missing or incomplete required elements

Needs significantimprovement in tailoring and/or explanation

Source article referenced References the source article so that others who want to read the source study/report can find it and in a way that flows well with the text (not as an APA citation, but in the body of the text) Needs minor improvement in article referencing Needs significant improvement in article referencing (not enough detail about the article was provided to figure out the source article) or is referenced in an unnatural, clunky way Source article not referenced within the text.
Title Title is succinct and catchy, encouraging the audience to read the whole article Needs minor improvement in title Needs significant improvement in title (too long, not clear) Title not included.
Formatting Is formatted properly:

  • Is free of spelling and grammatical errors
  • Flows nicely and is easy to read
  • Length is between 500-1200 words
Needs minor improvement in formatting

(Examples: a couple of grammatical/spelling typos and/or small flow issues)

Needs significant improvement in formatting

(Examples: more than a few typos, but not so many that the article is unreadable, flow is awkward but can be followed)

Is poorly formatted. Doesn’t meet minimal requirements.

(Examples: Doesn’t meet length requirements. Errors are pervasive. Article is challenging to read due to poor flow.)