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

Following journalist Steph McGovern’s recent remarks calling for greater diversity (at the BBC), ITV News and Media Trust have 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 with the aim of widening access and in turn better reflect the diverse audiences in which they serve – including those from working-class backgrounds.

ITV Journalists Ria Chatterjee (ITV London) and Alex Beresford (Good Morning Britain and Dancing on Ice) 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.

The official entry launched today (Monday, 26th February) with applications being accepted via the dedicated microsite – www.breakingintonews.co.uk  for six weeks until its closing date on 9 April 2018.

Jaydee Dyer from London is a previous finalist who now works at BBC Sport. Ten lucky finalists will be selected from entries received from ITV’s ten regions, with each winning £400 worth of journalistic equipment and the chance to have their local news report aired on ITV (within their respective region).

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