Issue date: 08 April 2014
A first year BSc Geography student at UWE Bristol has reached the UK finals of the 'Breaking Into News' initiative run by the Media Trust in conjunction with ITV News. Belinda George is one of nine finalists chosen from over 300 applicants across the UK.
Breaking Into News is an initiative run in partnership by ITV News and Media Trust to discover new talent and give opportunities to the broadcast journalists of the future.
Each finalist is allocated a mentor at their local newsroom and they spend three days together, creating a 3-minute report on a subject they are passionate about.
Belinda was matched with Katie Rowlett, a reporter at ITV West Country, who worked closely with her, mentoring her and developing her news idea.
Belinda said, “Being selected as a finalist for Breaking Into News means the world to me and is a unique chance for me to learn about the broadcasting industry and demonstrate my skills as a reporter.
“Due to my Geography background I decided to focus on the floods in Somerset and Katie and I refined my initial idea into a piece based on the effects that flooding has had on tourism in Somerset. Filming was a brilliant experience, although we were affected by bad weather on the day. I interviewed Dr Stroma Cole (UWE Bristol) and key representatives of tourism in Somerset. I have always wanted to be a journalist, and taking part in this competition has spurred me on to believe anything is possible. I love the subject I am studying and it would be great to combine that passion with my ambitions to be a TV journalist.”
The Breaking Into News initiative, now in its third year, offers 18-25 year olds the chance to be mentored by experienced broadcast journalists from the ITV News network newsroom in writing, reporting and production skills. This year Breaking Into News was specifically designed to encourage diversity in broadcast journalism and to support young people from across the country who wouldn't normally have this kind of opportunity.
Belinda and the eight other finalists present their news reports to a judging panel including executives from ITV News and Media Trust. The winner will receive an iPad and be given the opportunity to spend the day with the team producing the ITV News at Ten. They could also see their report included on an ITV News platform.