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.
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.
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.”
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.