On Wednesday Hadeel Elshak, 19, from London was announced as the winner of Breaking into News, a competition run in partnership with the Media Trust, ITV News and ITN. Now in it’s sixth year, the competition gives 10 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 to create their own news report. Sixth-form student Hadeel beat stiff competition to be crowned our 2018 winner with her report on the impact the Grenfell tragedy has had on young people’s engagement in politics.
Her report presents the importance of diversity in politics and media and how the impact of the Grenfell Tower tragedy highlighted this. She explains:
I feel like diversity is incredibly important especially in a career like journalism. You are being given a big responsibility to vocalise people’s stories and people’s experiences and if you can’t relate or understand where people are coming from, then that will affect your story.
Read more about her report and her experience surrounding the Grenfell disaster in Media Trust’s interview with her here.