If you have dreams of breaking into the news industry but have limited media or broadcasting experience, this is the programme for you!
Run in partnership with ITV News, Breaking into News gives aspiring journalists the opportunity to research, write and produce their own news story, with support and advice from top broadcast journalists.
No experience necessary. You just need passion, enthusiasm and an idea for a story!
I had almost no previous journalism experience but I made it to the finals, and I truly believe it has changed my life!
Nicole Goodwin, 2017 Breaking into News finalist
Top class mentoring
Ten finalists, one from each ITV News region, will be shortlisted for the programme.
If successful, you will be paired with an ITV journalist based in your region, and given the opportunity to turn your ideas into a news report for your local ITV newsroom.
Over the course of six weeks, you will be mentored on all aspects of broadcast journalism including writing, reporting, production and the inner workings of a newsroom.
By the end of the mentoring phase, you will have researched and produced a broadcast quality bulletin, which may be aired across the local ITV news region.
To make this competition even more exciting, the ten finalists will be judged by an esteemed panel of judges to claim the top prize:
£400 worth of journalistic equipment
The chance to have their local news report aired on ITV
Networking and connecting with News Broadcasters and Heads of News
The overall winner will be revealed on 25 July 2018 at a special award ceremony in London.
I had always dreamed about working in the media industry, but being from a small town in Northern Ireland it seemed like an impossibility. This experience showed me that if you really want something and are willing to try your absolute hardest to get it, in the end you will accomplish it.