A Bedford teenager has been chosen as one of nine finalists in a newsroom competition that aims to give opportunities to journalists of the future.
Zara Lynch, 18, will be mentored by ITV Anglia news correspondent Natalie Grey under the Breaking Into News initiative run by ITV News and the Media Trust.
It aims to encourage diversity in broadcast journalism and to support young people from across the country who would not normally have this kind of opportunity.
Zara said: “Being selected as a finalist for Breaking Into News is exciting. I’m looking forward to working with top professionals to gain valuable knowledge and skills. My biggest aspiration is to combine my two biggest passions, media and politics. This opportunity means so much to me and I can’t wait to start.”
Next month, she and the eight other finalists will present their news reports to a judging panel, which includes executives from ITV News and the Medica Trust.
The winner will be presented with an iPad and will get 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.
To enter the competition Zara submitted a short biography, explained what she wanted her report to focus on and why she deserves the opportunity to break into news.
Managing editor of ITV News Robin Elias 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.”