On the 16th October 2014, the Creative Diversity Network held its first Open Newsroom Day. Across the nation, 30 newsrooms opened their doors to over 500 young people interested in a career in broadcast journalism. The event was organised by the CDN News Group: BBC, ITN, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, CNN and Turner and the excited attendees were exposed to the full range of skills in news production; from selecting the stories, writing the scripts, presenting to camera, filming, video editing and on-site reporting.
Our social media campaign @tweetCDN #CDNOpenDay made a giant splash with over 2,100 tweets. Trending twice in the day and peaking at number four in the UK! One hundred journalists from across the country supported the event by sharing their stories of how they got started in news and by tweeting photos of themselves starting out. Several journalists got quite competitive and tried to upstage each other with photos of the famous dignitaries that they had interviewed: The Pope, The Queen, Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, Simon Cowell (!), and so on!
At the end of the day, 93% of attendees were interested in a job in news, and 97% would recommend it to their friends.