Welcome to the ITV News Traineeship
ITV News has been providing award winning news coverage for more than 60 years and we’re very proud of it. Every day millions of viewers watch our programmes on-air and connect with us online to get the latest, breaking news from Britain’s most popular commercial broadcaster.
On this scheme you will be based in one of our newsrooms and will benefit from working alongside experienced and talented multi-platform journalists who will teach you the basics of TV and online journalism. This will be combined with classroom based learning to ensure that we equip you with the core skills to build a career in broadcast news. The traineeship will be hard work and you’ll need real dedication and stamina to be successful. You will be supported by some of the best in the industry who will challenge you and push you to deliver to the highest standards.
Nine-month Trainee programmes
This is a nine-month programme which usually starts in August each year. We look for 11 talented recruits, seven of whom will work in one of our English Regional newsrooms in ITV Anglia (Norwich); ITV Central (Birmingham); ITV Granada (Media City, Salford); ITV Meridian (Whiteley, near Southampton); ITV Tyne Tees & Border (Gateshead); ITV West Country (Bristol); or ITV Yorkshire (Leeds). One trainee will be based in Cardiff providing national news for Wales at ITV Cymru Wales. Two trainees will be working in our Network newsroom based in London, and in addition, we have an opportunity for one trainee at ITV Channel (St Helier).
You’ll receive a salary and five weeks annual leave pro-rata’d during the scheme. A very high percentage of those who graduate from the programme have gone on to secure permanent jobs with both ITV News and ITV more widely, although there are no guarantees of continued employment beyond the 9 months.
Am I eligible to apply?
If you’re talented, enthusiastic and can show us you’re committed to a career in journalism then we want to hear from you. We’re particularly interested in people who have committed themselves to a career in journalism, either through their writing, work experience, academic choices or their career so far.
You will need to be over the age of 18 by 1 October 2017. Our development programme involves attending training in other parts of the country so you must be prepared to travel (ITV will provide accommodation and travel costs). You need to be based in the UK or Channel Islands and have the right to work here, as ITV News cannot sponsor work permits for its traineeship schemes.
Applications are opening 6 February 2017, please review our careers site and social media pages for more information.
We're keen to ensure our scheme attracts a wide range of applicants from diverse backgrounds and is truly representative of today's modern society. ITV are proud to have been awarded the Two Ticks Disability Symbol for 2015 and actively encourage individuals with a disability to apply.
ITV News Meridian
On Screen Journalist,
ITV News West Country
Since finishing the traineeship in July, I've become a full-time production journalist at ITV Meridian. It's exciting, fast-paced and always very busy! My day-to-day role can involve anything from putting together our late and early bulletins, editing the website and even self-shooting my own on-screen reports. I was the sole weekend producer during the Shoreham air crash and recently reported live from outside court in London.
The traineeship is an incredible opportunity to learn from the best within ITV. The courses, such as scriptwriting and camera training, give you all the necessary skills to thrive in a newsroom. I enjoyed that it was hands-on and we could put our new training into practice in our respective newsrooms. What I've really appreciated since
I started my ITV journey as the Granada trainee in Manchester. I'm from Preston so even though the region was familiar, producing its news certainly wasn't. There are lots of new systems and terminology to get used to ('Underlay'? I thought that was a carpet). But the combination of hands-on experience and trainee courses throughout the year are invaluable, and cover all the skills you'll need in the years ahead.
After the year in Manchester I headed south to ITV West Country in Bristol as a Production Journalist. Bulletin production, website curating, filming, script editing, even presenting - you name it, PJs do it. Fast forward two years and I've taken on the role of Bristol Reporter, covering for a maternity leave. This job has involved going up in a hot air balloon, down in a cave, into a sewage works; you never know where you'll end up and I daren't go anywhere without Wellingtons. To top it off, in the summer I spent a month at the ITV Network Newsroom in London.