Journalists of the future invited to 'Breaking Into News'

Charlene White and Julie Etchingham. Credit: ITV News

Potential journalists of the future are being invited to an initiative aimed at discovering raw talent and offering opportunities to get involved in broadcasting. Breaking Into News is being backed by ITV News and the charity Media Trust, along with senior journalists from the broadcaster in Rageh Omaar, Julie Etchingham and Charlene White.

The initiative, launched on January 14, offers 18 to 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.

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.

Applicants to the scheme, which is now in its third year, 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’ at www.mediatrust.org/breakingintonews.

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 February, 21 2014 at midday. To enter and for full terms and conditions go to www.mediatrust.org./breakingintonews.