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New talent, new faces = young??

by on October 30, 2012

Interesting issue. ITV News and Media Trust are running a competition ‘Breaking Into News 2012’ , designed to ‘discover new talent and identify top broadcast journalists of the future’. Applicants get the opportunity to be mentored by journalists in writing, presenting and production skills.  Finalists get the chance to develop their ideas, turn them into a news report for their local ITV newsroom, and present them to a judging panel.

The flyer about the competition is here.

And here is a short video about it

This talks about ‘finding hidden journalistic talent’, looking for ‘fresh ideas for news stories’ and ‘new faces to produce them’.

However, not yet mentioned in any of this material so far is the fact that the competition is only open to 18-25 year olds. Full details are here.

As I said, interesting. I wonder where this stands on age discrimination. Does its status as a competition allow the imposition of age limits?

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  1. Paula Fitzgerald permalink

    Mmm…yes…even more interesting are the pull down menus of the actual online application form! So…let me think…the message I hear is that the competition is really trying to capture young people that, by the way, may be ‘talented’ (whatever ‘talented’ in that particular context may mean…). Because ‘talent’ is context dependent and has no age limit other than the one imposed by human intervention: i.e. a recruiter, a line manager, an organisation, or simply… society.

    Moving swiftly to a completely different issue, but always discussing ‘talent’, “Talent Europe 2012” is a conference currently being advertised online. This event will be held in Amsterday on Nov. 14 and 15th, 2012. On looking at the agenda I’ve noticed that someone will be presenting on “Growing old disgracefully: a challenger perspective on talent and personal resilience”. Needless to say, I am rather intrigued about the contents of that particular presentation…

    I wonder…Why does ‘old’ have to equal ‘undesirable’, ‘useless’, or ‘disposable’?

    I happen to know a 92-year old retired medical doctor that used to be specialized in psychiatry. About 12 years ago she did an extra-mural course at Birkbeck College in Victorian Studies. These days she uses Facebook, writes emails, uploads photos…she has a mobile phone and keeps asking me questions about e-readers, e-books, and Iphones She is an active volunteer at a number of charitable organisations, and positively contributes to society. Certainly she contributes far (far!) more to society than certain people who are a quarter of her age and spend their days (and nights) sitting at home playing computer games and/or watching TV.

    On a different note, I would have thought that medical doctors would handle ‘age’ more holistically than – for instance HR managers, but why am I suprised? doctors are human beings after all. I happened to read an article in last night’s ‘Evening Standard’ newspaper on Brian Sewell’s (art critic) near-death experience at an A&E Dept. in which he apparently overheard a younger doctor saying “Why are we doing all this? (resucitation) This man is sixty-five and whatever we do he won’t have much quality of life when he recovers. Why don’t we let him go?” “Mr Sewell may be inert and not responding,” said an older doctor’s voice, “but he’s not dead yet and I suspect that he can hear. What you’ve just said will not encourage him.” Sewell saw that young doctor some months later and reminded him of the event….. Now that Sewell is 80 he is grateful that his superior bade him continue whatever it was that he was doing to him”.

    I wonder what would take… to make society change its perceptions on older people. Perhaps an ‘age revolution’? The prevailing age norms appear to be rather out of synch with today’s life expectancy, medical & technological advances, and quality of life experienced in the Western developed world.

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