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Want to be a journalist with ITV Wales? Breaking Into News could be your chance

The search for the next generation of broadcast journalist has begun.

Now in its seventh year, the ‘Breaking Into News’ competition is a collaboration between ITV News and Media Trust that has seen many talented individuals progress into careers in news journalism and media.

ITV Wales' Tahmeena Alam is spearheading the campaign and is encouraging applications from local budding journalists, who may have little to no relevant experience to apply.

Tahmeena represented Wales inlast year's competition.

This is an opportunity for those who have recently finished education and have limited media experience to be mentored by leading news broadcasters.

They will learn how to write and produce local news reports on a subject that matters to them.

Ten applicants will be shortlisted, representing one for each of the ten ITV regions across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The successful ITV Wales candidate will be paired with Production Journalist Paul Davies - a former Breaking Into News finalist - who will mentor them over the course of six weeks on all aspects of the job.

Breaking Into News is a great way to have your ideas and unheard stories manifest into reality with the guidance and support from highly experienced journalists and newsroom alike. It doesn't matter if you've had some broadcast experience or none at all, the journey is priceless. You pick up all the relevant skills to aid you in your journalism career, which for most on the scheme is closer than you think. Being part of Breaking Into News gives you the confidence to believe in your abilities and walk away with a news package to be proud of.

– ITV Ambassador Tahmeena Alam for ITV Wales

The overall winner will be selected by a panel of judges including Roohi Hasan (ITV News, Senior News Producer), Kate Watkins Tutor (Head of TV News Training, School of Media and Communication, Leeds University), Margaret Emsley (Head of News at ITV Calendar) and Jasmine Dotiwala (Head of Youth Engagement at Media Trust) and will be awarded with £400 worth of journalistic equipment and the chance to have their report aired on ITV.

The overall winner will be revealed on 25 July 2018 at a special award ceremony in London.

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At Media Trust, we’re passionate about creating exceptional opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds to work in media. Programmes such as Breaking into News are a vital way of bridging the gap between the media industry and underrepresented communities and provide talented individuals with a unique chance to break into the media sector and have a say on the issues that matter to them. We are delighted to be working with ITV News again on this programme and look forward to uncovering the next generation of newsroom talent.

– Mairi Ankers, Breaking Into News Programme Manager at Media Trust

The competition is now open for applications here.

The closing date is April 9.