Finalist Kate aiming to break into news career

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 January 2015

Kate Noonan at the news desk at ITV News' newsroom.

Kate Noonan at the news desk at ITV News' newsroom.


The contest gives opportunities to the broadcast journalists of the future

A budding journalist from Honiton has beaten hundreds of other media hopefuls to become a finalist in a national talent scouting initiative.

Kate Noonan, of Pine Gardens, is one of nine competing in ITV News and Media Trust’s Breaking Into News.

The project discovers new talent and gives opportunities to the broadcast journalists of the future.

Kate has been matched to Richard Payne, a correspondent for ITV West Country, who will mentor her as she develops her idea.

Next month, Kate 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 the day with the team producing the ITV News at Ten.

They could also see their report included on an ITV News platform.

Kate said: “I see Breaking Into News as a great opportunity to raise awareness of mental health and get across the all-important message that those suffering are not alone.

“Hopefully, with a bit of professional help from my mentor and ITV, my report will be able to help at least one person and save them from some of the difficulties I have been through.”

Breaking into News offers 18 to 25-year-olds the chance to be mentored by experienced broadcast journalists from the ITV News regional newsrooms.

They are given help and guidance on writing, reporting and production skills.

The project is specifically designed to encourage diversity in broadcast journalism and to support young people from across the country who would not normally be presented with such an opportunity.

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