Doncaster borough mum is new reporter on the block

A Doncaster mum is celebrating after being named as a finalist for ‘Breaking Into News’ by the charity Media Trust in partnership with ITV News.

Tuesday, 23rd July 2019, 12:50 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th July 2019, 6:00 pm
Carolyn Gravel, a mother from Doncaster has been named the regional finalist for ITV Calendar

Carolyn Gravel has been named the regional finalist for ITV Calendar, in a nationwide initiative to discover up and coming local journalists.

Fronted by ITV’s award-winning news broadcaster, Charlene White and Umar Farouq for ITV Calendar, ‘Breaking Into News’, continues to address the importance to improve representation and diversity across the broadcast journalism industry.

ITV News encouraged applications from across the UK, with little or no previous media experience, attracting a wider wealth of promising local talent.

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Under the professional mentoring of Umar Farouq for ITV Calendar. Carolyn is now in the process of creating a TV news report on the need for more funding for Yorkshire Air Ambulance for ITV Calendar.

Carolyn said: “I am still pinching myself that I am the finalist representing ITV Calendar. This isn't just a competition to me, it’s a chance to promote a valuable service and a chance for me to highlight something very close to my heart. I am a single mother of two and have had my career pretty much on hold so that I can be there for them. When I saw this competition I thought “wow” and saw it as an exciting learning experience. Even at this stage of my life, I think it is healthy to try and follow your dreams and pursue new challenges.” Su-Mei Thompson, CEO of Media Trust, said: “Our Breaking into News programme offers people with little to no experience in journalism the chance to share stories about their regions and the help kick-start their careers in news. We are excited to be a part in developing the next generation of broadcast journalists.” ITV Mentor Umar Farouq for ITV Calendar said: "I’m really looking forward to mentoring Carolyn this year. It’s my second year taking part in Breaking into News and an honour to pass on my knowledge to aspiring storytellers.”

Along with nine other finalists from ITV news regions across the UK, Carolyn will present her final news report to a panel of influential judges including Roohi Hasan (ITV News, senior news producer), Kate Watkins Tutor (head of TV News Training, School of Media and Communication, Leeds University), Margaret Emsley (head of News at ITV Calendar) and Jasmine Dotiwala (head of Youth Engagement at Media Trust).

One lucky finalist will be selected and will be awarded £400 worth of journalistic equipment and the chance to have their local news report aired on ITV.