Often the media industry looks no further than its immediate networks in order to identify new talent. This is why we created the Breaking into News initiative. Together with ITV, we wanted to challenge this very concept. Through this competition, we offer young people, who would not normally get the golden opportunity to work for a prestigious news channel, the chance to breakthrough. We know that in order to ensure the whole of society is accurately reflected in our media outlets, we need to search our communities extensively to access talent which may not be immediately apparent, leaving no stone unturned in the process.
Talent is everywhere. Our biggest opportunity here in Britain is our creativity. And our greatest asset as human beings is our diversity. Diversity leads to diverse concepts, diverse thoughts; it clarifies the information overload, and forces us to challenge and question all that we are presented with on a daily basis.
Diversity makes us visible as a nation. Collectively we begin to think differently, do things differently, create differently. In essence, we evolve.
As a champion for making young, diverse voices heard, I take my hat off to all of this year’s Breaking into News finalists and wish them all the best for the future. I know we will be seeing much more of them in the years to come.