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Breaking Into News

02 Mar Breaking Into News

ITV journalist Ria Chatterjee launches Breaking Into News competition to find ITV Londons next generation of broadcast journalist talent



Following journalist Steph McGovern’s recent remarks calling for greater diversity (at the BBC) when it comes to class, ITV News and Media Trust have launched ‘Breaking Into News


Breaking Into News is a unique initiative that has been successfully running for six years and fronted by ITVs award-winning news broadcaster Charlene White with the aim to unearth the next generation of diverse broadcast journalist talent from across the UK.


ITV Journalists Ria Chatterjee (ITV London), Alex Beresford and Victoria Whittam are among the ambassadors spearheading the campaign across ITV’s ten regions. All ambassadors are encouraging local aspiring broadcast journalists, who may have little to no relevant experience to apply for the chance to be mentored by leading news broadcasters. This is an opportunity for those who have recently finished education and havelimited media orbroadcasting 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 official entry is open with applications being accepted via the dedicated microsite – 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 Ria Chatterjee for ITV London says, Breaking into News is your opportunity to dive into a world of storytelling; to be part of a team of reporters, producers, camera operators and editors who work tirelessly to tell the stories that matter.


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. Its about finding new and original voices in news and reflecting the society we live in, so Im 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, were 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 a previous Breaking Into News finalist for ITV London, What appealed to me was the willingness for a major organization like ITV and Media Trust to want to hear the ideas of young people and more importantly help in our development. Thisachievementhelped me secure employment abroad twice and is still a deciding factor on my resume. I now work fulltime as a sports journalist for BBC Sport