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News release 28/02/2018

ITV journalist Andrea Thomas launches ‘Breaking Into News’ competition to find ITV Meridian’s next generation of broadcast journalist talent

ITV and Media Trust launch the 7th annual ‘Breaking Into News’


(February 26th 2018) ITV News and Media Trust today launched ‘Breaking Into News’, a unique initiative that has been successfully running for six years and fronted by ITV’s award-winning news broadcaster Charlene White and Andrea Thomas for ITV Meridian with the aim to unearth the next generation of diverse broadcast journalist talent from across the UK.

Andrea Thomas is spearheading the campaign for ITV Meridian and is encouraging applications from local budding broadcast journalists, who may have little to no relevant experience to apply. This is an opportunity for  those who have recently finished education and have limited media or broadcasting experience living in the area  to be mentored by leading news broadcasters, learn how to write and produce local news reports on a subject that matters to them and get the ultimate chance to break into news and media.

Now in its seventh year the ‘Breaking Into News’ competition is a collaboration between ITV News and Media Trust that has seen many talented individuals progress into careers in news journalism and media.

The competition launched today via the microsite and applications are open for six weeks until its closing date on 9 April 2018.

Ten applicants will be shortlisted, representing one for each of the ten ITV regions across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Those who are shortlisted will be paired with an ITV journalist, based in their region, and over the course of 6 weeks will be mentored on all aspects of broadcast journalism, including writing, reporting, production and how a newsroom works.

ITV Ambassador Andrea Thomas for ITV Meridian says, “Breaking into News is a great opportunity for anyone - no matter what your background, experience or qualification - to bring a burning issue that's close to your heart alive. All you need is a passion for news and bundles of enthusiasm. It's a brilliant 'golden ticket' to see the inner workings of ITV News and watch your own news story come to life with the help of top reporters, camera operators and producers within ITV News.”

The overall winner will be selected by an esteemed panel of judges including Roohi Hasan (ITV News, Senior News Producer), Kate Watkins Tutor (Head of TV News Training, School of Media and Communication, Leeds University), Margaret Emsley (Head of News at ITV Calendar) and Jasmine Dotiwala (Head of Youth Engagement at Media Trust) and will be awarded with £400 worth of journalistic equipment and the chance to have their local news report aired on ITV.  The overall winner will be revealed on 25 July 2018 at a special award ceremony in London.

Charlene White says, “Over six years, ‘Breaking Into News’ has consistently attracted some of the brightest and most promising new journalistic talent from across the country, especially amongst the harder to reach pool of diverse and underprivileged talent. It’s about finding new and original voices in news and reflecting the society we live in, so I’m honoured to be fronting this fantastic competition once more and hugely passionate about providing more opportunity for those exceptionally talented to rise to the top and indeed break into news.”

Mairi Ankers, Breaking into News Programme Manager at Media Trust added: “At Media Trust, we’re passionate about creating exceptional opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds to work in media. Programmes such as Breaking into News are a vital way of bridging the gap between the media industry and underrepresented communities and provide talented  individuals with a unique chance to break into the media sector and have a say on the issues that matter to them. We are delighted to be working with ITV News again on this programme and look forward to uncovering the next generation of newsroom talent.”

A quote from previous ‘Breaking Into News’ finalist for ITV Meridian:  “I would definitely recommend Breaking into News to anyone, no matter what stage they are at in their journey to becoming a journalist. It has not only benefited me, by giving me a new direction in life, but it has also helped those who were further into their journey. Since completing the programme at least two of last year’s finalists have started a career with ITV.”

The ten ITV regions include:  ITV London, ITV Central, ITV Calendar, ITV Meridian, ITV Border & ITV Tyne Tees (combined regions), UTV, ITV Wales, ITV Granada, ITV Anglia and ITV West Country.

The full list of ten ITV ambassadors include: Donovan Blake (Anglia), Amani Ibrahimi (Tyne Tees and Border), Victoria Whittam (Calendar), Russell Hookey (Anglia), Sameena Ali-Khan (Central), Anna Youssef (Granada), Ria Chatterjee (London), Andrea Thomas (Meridian), Tahmeena Alam (Wales), Alex Beresford (West) and Nicola Alexander (UTV).

Further case studies and quotes from finalists and ambassadors available on request.


For further information please contact Iola C. Williams at JHPR,  or 07886 365 400.

Notes to editors:

?        All applications for ‘Breaking Into News’ must be done online via the microsite

?        Run in partnership with ITV News, ‘Breaking into News’ encourages those wanting to become journalists to conceive, write and create their own news story with help from the newsroom team. The programme would suit those who have recently finished education and have limited media or broadcasting experience and want the chance to be mentored by top journalists and produce their own local news report on issues that they are passionate about.

?        The prize consists of items of journalistic equipment (for example, dictaphones or photographic equipment) of the Winner’s choosing which are readily available for lawful purchase in the UK from reputable suppliers, up to an aggregate retail price of £400 (including VAT). ITV reserves the right to reject any item selected by the Winner if ITV considers that the purchase or award of such item may reflect adversely on ITV] or the Media Trust. If the Winner does not select suitable items within 30 days of being requested to do so by ITV, then ITV reserves the right to select the items at its discretion. ITV shall not be responsible for any increase in retail price of any item between selection by the Winner and purchase by ITV. 

?        About Media Trust: Media Trust is the UK’s leading media communications charity. At Media Trust, we believe in the power of media to change lives. We work with the media industry to empower charities and communities to have a voice and be heard.We do this by bringing together professionals from across the media industry to share their communications and media knowledge, expertise, skills and time with charitable organisations, communities and beneficiary groups.Their passion, creativity and skills help us make a huge difference to so many people across the UK. Our media industry partners include: A+E Networks, adam&eveDDB, AMV BBDO, Ascential, BBC, BBH, Bloomberg, BT, Camelot, Channel 4, Clear Channel, Dentsu Aegis Network, Discovery Networks Europe, dmg media, Endemol Shine UK, ESI Media, Facebook, Global Radio, Google, Group M, Guardian Media Group, Hearst Magazines UK, IPG Mediabrands, ITV, M/Six, Mediacom, Mindshare, Next15, Ogilvy UK, Pearl & Dean, Posterscope, Primesight, Saatchi & Saatchi, Sky, Starcom,Talon Outdoor, Telegraph Media Group, Time Warner, Twitter, UKTV, Viacom International Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company UK & Ireland, Weber Shandwick and WPP.

About ITV News: ITV News produces the most watched commercial television news programming in the UK. Its national bulletins are broadcast on weekdays at 1.30, 6.30 and 10pm, with regional bulletins during Good Morning Britain and at 1:50, 6.00 and 10.30pm. In recent years ITV News has won an International Emmy, BAFTAs, and Royal Television Society awards for its coverage, with its flagship programme ITV News at Ten named RTS Programme of the Year. ITV News is a multi-platform news operation, breaking news stories and encouraging viewer interaction on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and at a dedicated multi-media news site

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