On 8 November 2012, in a special Awards ceremony in central London, Independent Age and Barchester Healthcare will be celebrating older people in all aspects of the media. Weâ€™ll be recognising the best examples of coverage concerning older peopleâ€™s issues, as well as the best portrayals of older people in film or TV drama and some of the best examples of photojournalism.
Known as the Roses, the awards have been named after an incredible woman called Rose Hacker who became a journalist for the Camden New Journal at the tender age of 100.
At a special awards ceremony in central London, weâ€™ll be awarding Roses for the following categories:
1. Best factual newspaper or magazine article about older peopleâ€™s issues
2. Best factual radio programme about older peopleâ€™s issues
3. Best factual TV programme about older peopleâ€™s issues
4. Best factual new media/social media content about older peopleâ€™s issues
5. Best coverage of issues around dementia and/or social care (Barchester award)
6. Best provision of advice and information through the media to older people (Independent Age award)
7. Best older personâ€™s character in a film, TV or radio drama (voted on by the readers of Gransnet)
8. Best use of photography to illustrate older peopleâ€™s issues
9. â€˜The Thorn Awardâ€™: worst example of stereotyping, factual error or misleading information in the coverage of older peopleâ€™s issues.
10. Overall award winner, The â€˜Rose Hacker Awardâ€™: best overall contribution to the debate on older peopleâ€™s issues
Nominations: We are now open for nominations. Nominations must have first appeared in the media after 1 September 2011. If you would like to recommend any entries for the Roses, let us know by completing the online form, which can be found on www.independentage.org
Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, said: â€œWe are thrilled to be able to celebrate the contribution older people make the media. More broadly, we hope the Roses will encourage wider public debate about older people in society and the issues affecting them. This is our way of recognising and thanking those who have worked so hard to promote older people in a positive light, and to help bring some very serious issues to the forefront of public awareness.â€
Mike Parsons, Founder and Chief Executive of Barchester Healthcare, said: â€œRecognising and celebrating the journalists engaging with older peopleâ€™s opinions and reflecting them without bias is what The Roses Awards are all about and Barchester is proud to be a part of this message.â€