ITV News has launched applications for this year's Breaking into News competition: a search for talented young people interested in making a career in television journalism.
Nine finalists aged 18-25 will be chosen, including one from the Tyne Tees and Border region.
Each will be mentored by an experienced ITV journalist in writing, presenting and production skills. They will then be given the chance to develop their ideas and produce a news report.
– Alastair Stewart, ITV News presenter
“Breaking Into News is the perfect opportunity for those who have a story to tell and a passion for broadcast journalism."
It is the second year of Breaking into News, run by The Media Trust, but the first time it has been extended to include the Tyne Tees and Border newsroom.
The chosen finalists will present their finished films to a judging panel, including ITV presenters Alastair Stewart and Mary Nightingale, who will choose an overall winner.
The winner will receive an iPad to help with future projects and be given the opportunity to spend the day with the team producing the ITV News at Ten.
– Kerry Thorpe, The Media Trust
"We’re proud to reach out to a huge range of young people who might not normally have the opportunity to gain industry insight."
Entrants need to submit a short description about themselves and their backgrounds, what they would like their report to focus on and why they deserve the opportunity to break into news at www.mediatrust.org/breakingintonews.
The closing date for entries is Monday 29 October 2012 at midday.