Breaking into News 2019: APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

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, now in its eighth year, 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.

ITV News Presenter Charlene White meets previous Breaking into News finalist, Nasaybah Hussain and explains why you should apply.

Pitch your story

To enter, simply tell us your idea for a local news story.

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.

Apply now

So what are you waiting for? Get your application in before Friday 5 April 2019 and we could be seeing you at an ITV newsroom near you.

Submit your application via Media Trust’s Breaking into News microsite.

By reaching the final of the Breaking into News competition I hope I have inspired others with a disability that may have lost hope or be unsure about what the future holds. I want them to see that if I can achieve this, then so can they.

Francesca sits in front of computer editing news report Francesca Dean, 2018 Breaking into News finalist

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.

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.

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 Elshak 2018 Breaking into News winner with her trophy. Hadeel Elshak, 2018 Breaking into News winner

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

The winner

To make this competition even more exciting, our 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 at a special award ceremony in London in July 2019.

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 Farrell, 2017 Breaking into News winner

Watch 2018 Breaking into News winner Hadeel Elshak's winning report for ITV News London.

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