Breaking Into News 2018

On 25 July, 2018, Hadeel Elshak was crowned the 2018 Breaking into News winner following her report on the impact the Grenfell tragedy has had on young people’s engagement in politics.

2017 finalist, Chris Baker enjoys a day in the ITV studio

If you have dreams of breaking into the news industry but have limited media or broadcasting experience, this is the programme for you!

Breaking into News is run in partnership with ITV News and 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!

Top class mentoring

Ten finalists, one from each ITV News region, are shortlisted for the programme.

They are then paired with an ITV journalist based in their region, and given the opportunity to turn their ideas into a news report, which could be shown in the local ITV newsroom.

Over the course of six weeks, the finalists are 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, they will have researched and produced a broadcast quality bulletin, which may be aired across the local ITV news region.

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

Tanya Nyenwa was named the 2017 Breaking into News runner-up, for her report on afro hair.

Journalist competition

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.

The 2017 Breaking into News winner Josh Josh, 2017 Breaking into News winner

Montage of the news bulletins produced by the 2017 Breaking into News finalists

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