Is 13-years old too young to be a Journalist?August 12, 2013
Whoever thought a 13-year old could write for one of Sydney’s biggest news outlets? Obviously the Sydney Morning Herald did. So, was it a mistake?Today, the Sydney Morning Herald re-published an article first seen on mashable.com that was written by a 13-year old New Yorker.
Ruby Karp speaks about how Facebook has fallen out of popularity amongst people her age because of the vast amounts of other social networks teens can apply themselves to now.
Her subject matter isn’t the thing I disagree with because, let’s face it, Facebook has become normalised and is no longer the extraordinaire that it once was.
No, the thing I disagree with is different.
Firstly, she’s 13 and she’s writing for the SMH when there are thousands of prospective journalists currently studying to be where she somehow managed to be.
I must admit, I admire when a teen puts pen to paper (or in this case, fingers to keyboard) to create a masterpiece worth publishing.
If they’ve got the talent, let’s let them thrive, I say.
But journalism is currently a troubled industry and jobs, especially in Sydney, are rare. The Sydney Morning Herald is renowned for being difficult to get published by.
And yet a 13-year old has somehow managed it.
Secondly, her writing style seems remarkably . . . unlike that of any other 13-year old I know.
Let me pull some examples here for you:
Let’s say I get invited to a party, and there’s underage drinking. I’m not drinking, but someone pulls out a camera. Even if I’m not carrying a red Solo cup, I could be photographed behind a girl doing shots.
So, hang on. How old are you, Ruby? Thirteen?
From what I’ve seen, 13-year olds who drink alcohol and ‘do shots’ end up on a show like A Current Affair with Tracy Grimshaw under the banner of ‘Teen drinking epidemic’, not brandished across a state-wide publication.
It wasn’t the Facebook it was when I was seven. It got complicated — it was just kind of like, “We liked it the way it was. Why are you changing it?”
To me, this sounds like a disgruntled parent who has taken something Facebook has done and cloaked it in the supposed stereotypes of a 13-year old. Ping: The use of ‘like’.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I could be reading this all wrong and Ruby might actually be a fantastically mature writer – but her entire article seems to be written this way.
It seems like an older individual has gone and taken the dying Facebook brand and posed as a teen, simply for publication.
In my opinion, the author [whoever that might be] has truly tried too hard to exemplify the stereotypes of teens.
It’s like they want us to know they’re a teenager, even if we already do.
In the end, Facebook has been trying too hard. Teens hate it when people try too hard; it pushes them away. It’s like if my mum told me not to do something — I immediately need to do it. When she forces something on me, I really don’t want to do it.
The above is a perfect example of my last point.
No teenager ever waits for their parents to tell them what not to do, only for them to go and do it. For most, it’s actually the other way around.
On top of this, the line ‘Teens hate it when people try hard’ is laughable seeing as how the ‘Twelvie’ phenomenon is defined by that exactly.
Twelvies everywhere take selfies and snapchats in an attempt to mould themselves into the expectations of society, but rather than pushing that trend away, they rejoice in it.
Set aside the seemingly in-your-face facetiousness of the writing, there is also a much larger issue strikingly underlining this piece.
The fact that the SMH thought it to be a positive move to publish a 13-year old says one of two things to me:
Either the brand doesn’t have faith in its journalists to cover such an issue and needs to resort to writers who are still in middle school – early high school for Australians.
Or . . .
The brand has chosen to pursue an innovative take on journalism, disregarding the people who have put years into studying the industry, to show they are thinking of ways to change the direction of journalism in Australia.
Either way, in my opinion, this was a bad marketing ploy.
Then again, I could be entirely wrong.
Make up your own minds below!
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