Jess Forrester awarded BBC internship

Jess will start the eight-week internship in July and will be given experience working in radio, television and online services while being mentored by BBC journalists.

She has just finished a degree in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Leeds and is due to graduate in July. BBC Yorkshire awarded her placement in memory of its late Political Editor, Len Tingle. 

Jess said: “The news, particularly politics, can be intimidating and confusing for many and I have always known that I want to try and change that. To have the chance to work in such a prestigious newsroom is incredible.  

“I applied for the placement after hearing about it through my lecturers at University, some of which are ex-colleagues of Len. They spoke so highly of Len’s kindness, passion and support of young journalists, so I am very honoured to be given this amazing opportunity.”  

Len Tingle had been BBC Yorkshire’s Political Editor for 17 years before he died in 2018. He was passionate about journalism, about Yorkshire and about giving opportunities to young people from diverse backgrounds.