Welcome to the ITV News Traineeship recruitment for 2018-19
If you’re looking for an opportunity to join a regional or even a national news team, why not aim as high as you can and join the most commercially successful news operation in the UK?
Here at itv, we’re offering you the chance to train as a journalist and learning all the skills you need to work in one of our multi-media newsrooms. The challenge is big and will demand the very best of you – and you’ll need to demonstrate a commitment to journalism, have tons of story ideas, and be ambitious.
The rewards are pretty good, too. Our trainees go on to secure roles covering national, international and regional news – and the majority stay with us and forge a successful career right here in our business.
It’s a nine-month programme that begins in October and we’re looking for 12 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). Two more trainees will be based in our national newsrooms one for itv Cymru Wales in Cardiff and the other for UTV in Belfast, and two further trainees will be working in our Network newsroom based in London. Finally, there’s an opportunity for one trainee at itv Channel (St Helier).
You’ll be based in the heart of our newsrooms learning from talented people who want to share their skills and experience with you. It’s a busy and demanding environment so you should be ready to work hard during a challenging scheme with high standards. But you’ll be well supported throughout with regular feedback and guidance.
In return, you’ll receive a salary of £22,394 for all roles outside of London (£24,000 in London) and five weeks annual leave pro-rated during the scheme. And as we mentioned, a very high percentage of those who graduate from our programme have gone on to secure permanent jobs with both itv News and across our business, although there are no guarantees of continued employment beyond the 9 months.
Am I eligible to apply?
We’re particularly interested in talented and enthusiastic people who are committed to a career in journalism, either through their writing, work experience, academic choices or their career so far. If you’re looking to change your career and you’ve had an interest in Journalism in the past, we’ll welcome your application too. You will need to be over the age of 18 by October 2018.
The scheme is now closed for this year, but look back for more updates.
The class of 2017-18
Pablo Taylor, ITV News Central
For those lucky enough to have joined the ITV Traineeship in the last few years, the experience has been incredibly eye-opening. That's because the media landscape is constantly evolving with new platforms and ways of working. Trainees now bring with them an almost instinctive knowledge of technology and social media, allowing them to jump straight into tasks and produce work that goes on to be viewed by thousands if not millions.
With so much of our content now accessed via Facebook and Twitter, much of the focus at ITV has been on the creation of text-on-videos. With the right pictures, sound and text, it's possible to create really dynamic videos that keep viewers engaged from start to finish. What's more, the comment section on social media platforms allows you to see just what kind of reactions and emotions your work inspires.
Eden Wilson, UTV
Being an ITV trainee gives you the unique opportunity to train in every role within a newsroom. You could be producing Good Morning Britain bulletins one day, reporting out on the field the next and before you know it, you’re 30,000 feet in the air doing a piece to camera - at least that’s just a normal week for me at UTV in Belfast.
So far I’ve attended several workshops in editing, production and writing for TV and I’m still looking forward to camera training and live reporting. During these sessions you’ll learn from the best in the industry, as well as from your fellow trainees.
What other job gives you the platform to show your country, or even the world, what you got up to and created that day? It really is a career like no other and there’s no reason why it couldn’t be yours too. Show you’re enthusiastic, put in the hard work and keep on plugging away and you’ll have the opportunity to work for arguably the best company there is in broadcast television.
Simisola Jolaoso, ITV News Westcountry
I am currently four months into my traineeship, learning the different production roles in the newsroom. I've learnt to produce the early Good Morning Britain bulletins and I'm now learning to produce the late bulletins.
One of my highlights has been meeting and chatting with Ranvir Singh for over an hour during our visit to the ITV newsroom at Westminster, but I’ve also enjoyed seeing my work go out on the evening news, including scripts I've written for the presenter.
I'm looking forward to working on stories that matter to the diverse people who live in our region.
Shanade James, Trainee 2016-17
Production Journalist, ITV News Central
I really enjoyed my time on the traineeship. It was an intense nine months but I learned so much!
The training courses are excellent for developing essential broadcast journalism skills such as writing for TV, reporting and producing. They're a great learning environment, with some of ITV News' most skilled and talented journalists teaching you from their wealth of experience on the job. The sessions take place across various newsrooms too so it's interesting to see how different regions work to produce their programmes.
There's plenty of opportunity to put into practice the skills learned during the training courses in the newsroom. I found myself being trusted to produce bulletins independently and plan stories early on which gave me a huge sense of achievement. Thanks to the traineeship I feel like a valued member of the team at my newsroom and it's definitely given me a strong basis in production for television news as well has honed my skills in broadcast journalism.
Katie Oakes, Trainee 2012-13
News/Programme Editor, ITV News London
At the start of the ITV traineeship I had never been in a broadcast newsroom, or a gallery, never used a proper camera and didn't know any of the technical terms. But that didn't matter: by the end, I had been taught everything I needed to do the job well and so much more than that. You'll learn how to write scripts, edit and produce bulletins, self shoot, and some reporting skills too. You'll have been in every ITV newsroom in the country, met hundreds of people and learned and sought advice from the very best in the business. It's a chance to learn how news is made, how to find and tell stories, and the impact they can have.
I was a trainee in 2012/13 at Granada and then Tyne Tees where I stayed to progress up to news editor and reporter. I moved to ITV London in January 2016, first as a reporter and news editor, now as a programme editor too. In the last two years, I've covered three terror attacks, the Grenfell Tower fire, a general election, a mayoral election, and on one memorable live, I was stood up on the red carpet by Bradley Cooper who got stuck in traffic! If someone had told me on my first day that I'd have done all that in five years, I wouldn't have believed it. But it's a great scheme to learn the skills you need, and a very exciting time to work in this industry.
Sarah Byrd, Trainee 2011-12
On-Screen Journalist, ITV News Anglia
It's nearly 7 years since I moved from Sheffield to the south coast, to start life as a trainee at ITV News Meridian. Since then, I seem to have done a bit of everything! I've been a Production Journalist, a News Editor, a Producer, an occasional Presenter and, for the last few years, I've been doing my dream job in my "home region" - reporting on stories in and around Northamptonshire, for ITV News Anglia and ITV News Central.
The traineeship was the best start I could have asked for. One minute you're shadowing someone in the newsroom and the next you're doing that shift solo. You're learning 'on the job' from Day One, but, you also get the chance to visit other ITV newsrooms across the country and take part in training sessions on everything from shooting and editing, to script writing and finding stories. You really are thrown in at the deep end, but, our newsrooms are well-known for being some of the friendliest in the business and I still get all the support and encouragement I need.
Looking back, I feel lucky to have had so many great opportunities and there have been many highlights - meeting Her Majesty The Queen, multiple foreign trips, winning a couple of Royal Television Society Awards and, last, but by no means least, interviewing F1 star Jenson Button on the back of a tandem! When you work for ITV News, you never know where you'll end up and that's all part of the fun.