TGS student Alexander Fuller has been selected as one of nine finalists in this year’s Breaking Into News, 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.
The initiative, now running for the fourth time, offers 18-25 year olds the chance to be mentored by experienced broadcast journalists from the ITV News regional newsrooms in writing, reporting and production skills. Breaking Into News is 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.
Alexander has been matched to Andrew Pate, a correspondent at ITV Meridian, who will work closely with him and mentor him as he develops his idea. Next month, Alex and the eight other finalists will present their news reports to a judging panel including executives from ITV News and Media Trust. The winner will be presented with an iPad and be given the opportunity to spend time with the team producing the ITV News at Ten. They could also see their report included on an ITV News platform.
Alexander said: “I'm hoping that this Breaking into News opportunity is the very first step in becoming a media professional. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to work with journalists and hope I can make my story into an inspiring news item for ITV. I'm looking forward to representing the ITV Meridian region and thank the Media Trust for making this experience possible.”
Robin Elias, Managing Editor of ITV News, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Media Trust for the fourth time, seeking out bright television journalists of the future and giving them a platform where their voices can be heard. The nine finalists have already shown a great deal of raw talent and creative flair and I look forward to seeing their final news reports.”
Caroline Diehl, Chief Executive and Founder of Media Trust, said: “The nine finalists each have unique and exciting ideas and it’s fantastic to have some of ITV News’ most esteemed journalists volunteering as mentors to provide their industry insight and expertise. Media is a powerful tool that can be used to encourage and inspire and this initiative enables young people to get their voices heard.”
Alexander has been a key member of the Radio TOGS team since he joined the Sixth Form, arranging for BBC Radio Kent’s John Warnett to take a class on radio work and relaunch our station.