ITV loves staying up to date
Here at ITV, we have 11 main news regions across England, Ireland, Wales and the Channel Islands, a Political Unit, and three critically acclaimed and award winning current affairs & factual programmes at ITV Wales and on the borders of Scotland at ITV Border. Phew.
All of which means our news team has never been busier. We produce a massive seventeen live and pre-recorded flagship programmes on weekdays, plus local bulletins during Good Morning Britain, at lunchtime and after News at Ten – all of which helps our audiences clarify and connect, and gain perspective and purpose. It’s why our award winning regions are often recognised by the industry – ITV News Tyne Tees won Best Regional programme at the 2015 Royal Television Awards, and our very own Pam Royle won best main presenter for a second year in a row.
What’s more, we’re also widely recognised for our award winning current affairs programmes too, including a 2015 Bafta for our Welsh current affairs programme Y Byd Ar Bedwar ("The World on Four").
But what we’re most excited about is our commitment to diversity. We recognise that diversity is vital and we’re committed to representing all parts of British Society. And because of that, our Newsroom at ITV Central is the current holder of the Creative Diversity Network - News coverage award!
Careers in news
News careers in each region are broadly split between editorial roles such as producers, reporters, presenters and newsdesk journalists, and technical jobs (both in the studio gallery and out on the road), like production specialists and camera operators.
And with demanding deadlines throughout the day, everyone’s expected to pitch in. So our reporters and correspondents aren’t just the friendly faces that bring viewers their news, they write, shoot and edit their own stories too - as well as uploading their news to the web.
It all means that if you want to get into news, and you think you have what it takes to put our ‘three Cs and a G’ to the test, there’s a career for you whatever your background or experience.
You can also check out more details of our Annual News Traineeship here. If you're talented, enthusiastic and can show us you're committed to a career in journalism then it could be perfect for you.
ITV Central, Business & Administration Apprentice 2014/15 ,
Hi Musawir, so what’s Graphic Design?
Hi there. Graphic Design is the creation of visually engaging material to inform, persuade, communicate and even conjure up emotion to capture the interests of different people.
Can you tell us what you do?
Working within the hub, I design and animate video content to support the stories of various regional news teams.
What does a normal working day look like for you?
A normal working day involves communicating with team members and other staff through meetings or emails. The creative side of it, I am designing and animating using 3D software and Adobe’s creative cloud package before sending over finalised content to the relevant news desks through systems which are setup for broadcasting.
As a Graphic Designer, what’s the most important part of your job?
Ensuring the needs of the brief are met and sent well before transmission times.
How is a department like this set up? Who do you liaise with / interact with daily?
The hub manager receives graphic requests from regional producers and assigns the job to a graphic designer within the team (currently 6 designers within the team). I then work on the jobs assigned to me and liaise with the reporters who gave the initial briefs until the job is complete. As a team, we collectively share content and ideas to improve workflow.
How did you get into it?
I was into gaming when I was a child (still am!) and got inspired to design custom avatar pictures for myself and others, so I downloaded Photoshop and became self-taught through online resources such as youtube, etc. Since then I have learnt more software along the way.
Do you have to be qualified?
I went on to study Art & Design in college and Animation in university, which certainly helped. But I feel you do not need to be qualified, as the important thing once you understand how to use the software is to just be creative and have an understanding of design principles (i.e. colour theory, proportion, shape, etc.)
And finally, what advice would you give for someone wanting to get a job in Graphic Design?
It’s vital to know how to use graphic software. Learn how to use those tools and try to stay abreast of newer technology. At the same time be passionate about design to help gather inspiration for new ideas.