Breaking into News

Creating opportunities for aspiring young journalists

This month we celebrated the success of Breaking Into News 2016 at the finalists event held at our London Studios and hosted by Newsreader, Charlene White. ITV’s Director of News and Current Affairs, Michael Jermey also attended the event that saw Sana Sarwar, representing ITV London, be announced as this year’s overall winner.

Breaking Into News a partnership between Media Trust, ITV News and ITN is now in its fifth year and gives aspiring journalists aged 18-25, who may otherwise not have the chance to access the industry, the opportunity to be mentored by experienced professionals from ITV’s regional newsrooms and gain first hand experience. Nine regional finalists, who with the support of their mentors and ITV News’ regional teams created impactful news reports on issues affecting them and their communities.

This year’s winner Sana Sarwar’s piece looked at the issues affecting young carers and Sana will now have the chance to build on her experience, working on ITV News at Ten. You can watch Sana’s winning report here. A huge congratulations to Sana and all of this year’s fantastic finalists.

Diversity, both on and off-screen, is hugely important to ITV and this is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get an insight into TV news and discover their talents!
Natasha Carter, Production Journalist, ITV Granada Reports