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Applications open for the John Schofield Trust mentoring scheme

Benjamin Zand, 2016 RTS Young Talent of the Year winner (Credit: BBC)

The scheme partners senior news operators which in the past has included Channel 4’s Matt Frei and BBC broadcaster Jeremy Bowen, with journalists who are in the early stages of their career.

Now in its sixth year, the Trust is expanding its selection criteria to include those entering journalism from non-traditional routes.

Meet the nominees: BBC Look North's Harry Gration

“I love this business” beams Harry Gration. “I’ve been to nine Olympic Games. I’ve been all around the world to cover BBC Sport.”

Gration is one of the old campaigners, with almost 40 years of broadcasting under his belt.

“I never really envisaged that I’d end up presenting a television programme as I do every night. It happened as a dream and it has turned into a reality.”

The RTS award win is Gration’s second in the category, having won first in 2015. “It’s beyond expectation to be honest. You tend to get these once in a lifetime.”

Meet the nominees: ITV Calendar's Duncan Wood

“I’d been at my dad’s paper since I could walk,” ITV Calendar’s Duncan Wood recalls. “I was smelling the ink, seeing the presses rolling…”

It’s a nostalgic image, and one that drove Wood into journalism.

After flunking both his O-Levels and A-Levels, he got a job at his dad’s paper, the Sunderland Echo.

“My dad hated journalists,” he laughs. “He went from office boy to Managing Director. He hated them with a passion.”