About Made In Britain

What is Made In Britain?

Made in Britain has arisen to tackle some of the key barriers to entry in the British media in which the production processes and routes to participation have become increasingly inaccessible. Made In Britain is also an attempt to improve and deepen the representation of some communities, working class, minorities, young and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The scheme enables those underrepresented to tell a story that matters to them and produce top quality video journalism.

Who are we looking for?

The project is a collaboration between Northern Film + Media and The Guardian who will identify a local video trainee in the Tees Valley with a knack and passion for storytelling. The scheme will also work with a local documentary filmmaker who will mentor the trainee alongside video producers and journalists from the Guardian. The UK-wide scheme intends to produce character-led short films, develop talent, successfully demonstrate a style of video journalism that is accessible to those from diverse backgrounds, and deepen the public’s understanding of issues surrounding inequality and poverty.

How to apply to be our Video Journalism Trainee

To apply for the Video Trainee placement you should be interested in a career in either journalism or making documentary films.

You should have a strong in interest in telling human stories and documenting local stories in Teesside. We will expect the you to contribute your own ideas for story content and approach in the Tees Valley.

You do not need to have an academic background to apply. We are looking for talent, potential, determination and commitment over any academic qualifications. There is no upper age limit on applications.

We are interested in diverse viewpoints and would like to hear from candidates who may not have had any experience in journalism or film previously as basic training will be given. However, we would like you to demonstrate previous experience and interest in reporting, storytelling or engaging with your local community. We are also particularly keen to hear from people with lived experience of the issues we are reporting on.

How to apply to be our Video Mentor?

We are looking for a documentary filmmaker mentor to work closely with our video journalism trainee on the 12-week placement.

You should have a proven track record in journalistic or documentary filmmaking and experience in a similar mentorship role. Applicants must be based in the Tees Valley (Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland, Darlington) and be willing to travel.

Want to know more about video journalism?

Why not look back at our Intro to Docs – Video Journalism with The Guardian webinar…

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