ITV scheme for budding journalists

Young people with the ambition to become the next generation of TV journalists are being offered the chance to be mentored by experienced ITV broadcast journalists.

Charlene White and Julie Etchingham.

ITV News presenters Charlene White and Julie Etchingham. Credit: ITV News

The Breaking Into News scheme, run by ITV News and the media charity Media Trust, is open to 18 to 25-year-olds from England and Wales and is specifically aimed at those without broadcast experience or media or journalism degrees.

Media Trust is calling for applicants to submit a short description about themselves and their backgrounds, an idea for a news report and why they deserve the opportunity to break into the news.

Nine finalists will be selected across nine regions 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 then present their news reports to a judging panel including executives from ITV News and Media Trust, with the overall winner receiving an iPad and the opportunity to spend the day with the team producing ITV News at Ten.

Rageh Omaar, ITV News correspondent, said: “I’m proud to support Breaking Into News. It’s the perfect opportunity for those who have a passion for broadcast journalism and need help opening doors into the journalism industry. I am looking forward to seeing the final reports and to be working with Media Trust.”

Katie Lloyd, deputy chief executive at Media Trust, said: “We’re proud to partner with ITV News to reach out to a huge range of young people that might not normally have the opportunity to gain industry insight and expertise.

“Media is a powerful tool that can be used to encourage and inspire. This initiative enables young people to talk about the things that matter to them most and get their voices heard.”

The closing date for entries is February 21 at 12pm.

To enter, visit http://www.mediatrust.org./breakingintonews.