Breaking into News

Breaking into News is an initiative run by Media Trust, in partnership with ITV News to discover diverse new talent and identify top broadcast journalists of the future.

Dreaming of starting a career in broadcast journalism? Then Breaking into News is for you.

The competition offers aspiring journalists from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland the opportunity to create a local news report with support and advice from experienced journalists working in ten of ITV’s regional newsrooms.

No media or journalism experience is required to enter, just passion and a great idea for a potential news story.

Highlights from the 2019 final at ITV Studios.

Our 2019 winner

On Wednesday 24 July, 29-year old Toby Winson, a builder from Kent, was announced as the winner of Media Trust’s Breaking into News competition at the final event at ITV Studios London.

You can watch Toby’s winning report below, which he made with the support of his mentor ITV Meridian Journalist, Chloe Oliver.

Watch 2019 Breaking into News winner Toby Winson's winning report for ITV Meridian on educating school children about the dangers of alcohol.

Applications will open in early 2020

Think you’ve got what it takes to break into broadcast journalism? Breaking into News will return again early next year so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the competitions launch.

Entering is simple. All you need to do is submit your idea for a local news report. Ten finalists, one from each ITV News region will be shortlisted. Each finalist will be supported by an ITV news mentor to develop their ideas and create a news report for their local ITV newsroom.

Top class mentoring from ITV News

Each finalist will be paired with an ITV journalist based in their region, and given the opportunity to turn their ideas into a news report.

What I've enjoyed most is making connections with members in the community and hearing their stories. I've learnt it’s a privilege for someone to open up and let you in on their lives and their everyday reality.

Hadeel Winner of Breaking into news Hadeel Elshak, 2018 Breaking into News winner

Over the course of six weeks, our 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, each finalist have researched and produced a broadcast quality bulletin, which may be aired across the local ITV news region.

I’m going to do everything I can to make this my full-time job as this is what I want to do now. I’m getting great advice from my mentor, Chloe Oliver (a journalist at ITV Meridian) and everyone else at Meridian.

breaking into news 2019 final Toby Winson, 2019 Breaking into News winner

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