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Could you break into news?

Mary Nightingale and Alastair Stewart are fronting the "Breaking Into News" campaign Photo: ITV News

Media Trust and ITV News have joined forces for "Breaking Into News 2012" - a campaign designed to discover new talent and to identify top broadcast journalists of the future.

This year's scheme is being fronted by ITV News presenters Mary Nightingale and Alastair Stewart.

Now in its second year, '"Breaking Into News" offers 18-25 year olds the opportunity to be mentored by experienced broadcast journalists from the ITV News newsroom in writing, presenting and production skills.

Behind the scenes: the team producing ITV's The West Country Tonight Credit: ITV West

Ian Axton, who presents the West Country Tonight, says that this is a great opportunity.

I got my first break in media as a volunteer and was lucky enough to be mentored by some fantastic journalists. If you've got a real thirst for broadcast news this is your chance to shine.

– Ian Axton, ITV's The West Country Tonight
Ian Axton presenting live from Weymouth during the Olympics Credit: ITV West

The scheme now covers nine regions, including ITV West and Westcountry, with a finalist selected from each.

Finalists will have the chance to develop their ideas and to turn them into a news report for their local ITV newsroom, with all nine to be presented before a judging panel including Stewart, Nightingale and executives from ITV News and Media Trust.

Each report will also be considered for inclusion on an ITV News platform.

The winner will then be presented with an iPad to help with future projects and have the opportunity to spend the day with the team producing the ITV News at Ten.

Media Trust and ITV News have joined forces for the campaign Credit: ITV News

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 using the "Breaking Into News" application form.

The closing date for entries is Monday 5th November at midday. To see the terms and conditions, click here.