Fancy your chances as a journo?

Fancy your chances as a journo?

Journalists are getting a bad press at them moment but hacking into voicemails isn’t our style here at Charityzine. Instead, we seek to encourage young news makers and we have plenty of young people regularly contributing to these pages with good old fashioned journalism.

That’s why we are encouraging all 18-25 year olds in the West Midlands who want to try to make it in the fast paced world of news journalism to enter the Breaking Into News competition that launched today.

The winners of the competition will be given the chance to be mentored by experienced broadcast journalists from the ITV News network newsroom in writing, presenting and production skills. Six finalists will be given the opportunity to develop their ideas and turn them into a news report.

The competition is being fronted by ITV News at Ten presenters and BAFTA winners Mark Austin and Julie Etchingham (pictured). Julie said:

“This is a fantastic chance for young people out there who have a story to tell and an interest in broadcast journalism. Often the difficulty with starting out in journalism is getting an initial foot in the door and solid experience for your CV. Breaking Into News is the perfect opportunity and I’m really looking forward to seeing some of the finished entries.” 

The Media Trust is running the competition. The charity is committed to giving all people a voice, especially those who are considered to be ‘hard to reach’.

Budding ‘Dimblebys’ have until midday on Monday 8 August 2011. To enter go to

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