London360 to launch new series
Friday 22nd August 2014
Young people from across London are to present a new series providing an alternative viewpoint on the city's news agenda.
Six reporters have been chosen to front the seventh series of London360, which airs on the Community Channel.
The programme explores untold stories and community campaigns, with each episode produced and presented by Londoners aged 18 to 25.
London360 is the result of a scheme run by the charity Media Trust to give young people, from a diverse range of backgrounds, the opportunity to learn new skills and develop expertise.
Reporters complete a six-week training course run by TV producers, journalists, bloggers and radio presenters.
Jessica Onah, 24, from Barnet, is among the presenters of the new series.
She said: "Although I trained to become an optician, I soon realised it wasn't for me. After just four months in the industry, I decided to take the bold move, quit and retrain.
"Journalism courses are often very expensive so when I found out about London360 I was determined to become a reporter.
"It's not only a fantastic training scheme which gives you a multimedia edge, it is also a unique access point to connect with the industry."
Jessica will be joined by Hetty Ashiagbor, 24, from Battersea; Hope Lanek, 25, from Enfield; Ellie Holland, 22, from Welling; Usman Butt, 25, from Crawley, and Michael Walsh, 22, from Harlesden.
Jasmine Dotiwala, executive producer of London360, said: "London360 gives young reporters invaluable media training to identify and capture their community's stories, while providing them with a fantastic platform to get their stories heard on national television.
"Jessica and the other young people we support through this initiative never cease to amaze me with their passion for their local area and a desire to make a positive difference. I can't wait to see what stories they unearth."
The first episode of the new series will be shown on Community Channel at 6pm on August 29, with later episodes to air on Mondays at 7pm.