Finding the top TV reporters of the future

Budding television reporters aged 18-25 can apply to join the Breaking Into News initiative. Photo: ITV News Anglia

Media Trust and ITV News has launched Breaking Into News; an initiative to discover new raw talent and give opportunities to the broadcast journalists of the future.

The initiative, now in its third year, offers 18-25 year olds the chance to be mentored by experienced broadcast journalists from the ITV newsroom in London and around the UK in writing, reporting and production skills. The initiative is specifically designed to encourage diversity in broadcast journalism and to support young people from across the country who wouldn’t normally have this kind of opportunity.

Breaking Into News is fronted by ITV News journalists Rageh Omaar, Julie Etchingham and Charlene White.

Breaking Into News is fronted by ITV News presenters Charlene White and Julie Etchingham. Credit: ITV News

Nine finalists will be selected and given the opportunity to work with mentors to develop their ideas and turn them into a news report for their local ITV newsroom. The finalists will present their news reports to a high-profile judging panel including executives from ITV News and Media Trust. Each report will be considered for inclusion on ITV News.

One lucky finalist will be presented with an iPad and be given the opportunity to spend the day with the team producing the ITV News at Ten.

ITV News journalist Rageh Omaar is fronting the Breaking Into News initiative. Credit: ITV News

“I’m proud to back Breaking Into News - the perfect opportunity for those who have a passion for broadcast journalism and need support in opening doors. I am looking forward to seeing the final reports and to be working with Media Trust again.”

– Rageh Omaar, Presenter of ITV News
Nine finalists will be given the opportunity to develop their ideas and turn them into a news report for their local ITV newsroom Credit: ITV News Anglia

Robin Elias, Managing Editor of ITV News, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Media Trust for the third year running, seeking out creative television journalists of the future and giving them a platform for their voices to be heard. Through Breaking Into News we have committed some of our best journalists from across ITV's newsrooms to help a diverse group of young people to expand their skills and develop their ideas.”

“We’re proud to partner with ITV News to reach out to a huge range of young people that might not normally have the opportunity to gain industry insight and expertise. Media is a powerful tool that can be used to encourage and inspire. This initiative enables young people to talk about the things that matter to them most and get their voices heard."

– Katie Lloyd, Deputy Chief Executive at Media Trust
The production gallery at ITV News Anglia shortly before transmission of the 6pm nightly news bulletin Credit: ITV News Anglia

Applicants will need to submit a short description about themselves and their backgrounds, what they’d like their report to focus on and why they deserve the opportunity to ‘break into news’.

Entrants must be aged between 18-25 and the initiative is specifically encouraging applications from young people with limited broadcasting or media experience who have not completed media or journalism degrees.

The closing date for entries is Friday 21st February 2014 at midday.