Media Trust and ITV News have teamed up for a second year to launch Breaking Into News, an initiative searching for broadcast journalists of the future.
Fronted by ITV News presenters Alastair Stewart and Mary Nightingale, the campaign offers 18-25 year olds the chance to be mentored by experienced broadcast journalists from the ITV News network newsroom in writing, presenting and production skills.
Entrants are asked to submit a short description about themselves and their backgrounds, what they’d like their report to focus on and why they feel they deserve the opportunity to break into news. The deadline for entries is midday on Monday 5 November.
The nine finalists selected from the entrants – one from each region - will present their news reports to a judging panel including Stewart and Nightingale.
Stewart said: “Breaking Into News is the perfect opportunity for those who have a story to tell and a passion for broadcast journalism. I’m proud to be supporting an initiative that opens up doors for young people from all walks of life and I am looking forward to seeing the final reports and to be working with the Media Trust again.”
The winner will be presented with 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, head of PR 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 and this initiative enables young people from to talk about the things that matter to them most and get their voices heard.”