Now is a better time than any for females to break into journalism, according to Huddersfield-born ITV news anchor Nina Hossain.

Speaking to journalism students at the University of Huddersfield, Nina said gender bias in the media industry had undergone a complete U-turn in recent years.

Nina, who has just celebrated 10 years with ITN, has reported live on some of the biggest events of that decade – including the July 7 London bombings, the 2012 Olympics and the Royal Wedding.

Students from a variety of journalism degrees came along to hear her speak about how over the years the media industry has been overcoming the problems of diversity.

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She said that while it was once deemed good to be white, male and middle-class, now was a better time than ever for females to break into the industry as diversity was a sought-after trait in a person’s CV.

“If I was entering the profession now, I would show an awareness of diversity in my portfolio,” she said. “You need to be able to demonstrate that you accept being diverse is part of your role of working as a journalist.”

Before advising the students on the skillset needed to be a news anchor, Ms Hossain spoke about how she is now full of optimism for the industry.

Huddersfield-born news anchor Nina Hossain speaks to journalism students at Huddersfield University

Speaking about her own entry into the industry she told the students how on graduation she was chosen for a traineeship at Border Television in Carlisle and how her four years producing, reporting and presenting stood her in good stead for the rest of her career.

Asked what advice she had to give prospective journalists wanting to break into the industry, Nina said: “Work experience is a must. You have to be willing to go out there and get the know-how. Also, don’t be afraid of when you’ve completed your degree of getting a job as a runner.

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“Many of you might think, why would I go and get a job as a runner? I’ve got my degree. But if you’ve got the qualification and the experience then you will find getting a job is much easier.”

This is the second time in less than 12 months that Nina has returned to the University. Last summer, she received an honorary doctorate for services to media and broadcast journalism.

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