Record entries-Bridgestone e-reporter

nine finalists announced  

Bridgestone e-reporter to celebrate fifth anniversary in Barcelona Bridgestone,  exclusive  tyre  supplier  to  the  GP2  Series,  has  today  announced  the  nine  selected finalists for the 2008 Bridgestone e-reporter young journalists’ competition. The growing popularity of  the  competition,  for  students  aged  18-30,  has  been  shown  by  a  50  per  cent  increase  in  entries compared  with  2007,  entrants  also  representing  a  wider  range  of  European  countries  than  ever before.

In  2008,  Bridgestone  e-reporter  celebrates  its  fifth  anniversary  and,  to  mark  the  beginning  of  the season, will be taking all nine of this year’s chosen finalists to Barcelona, ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, to be part of the official GP2 Series launch event (taking place on 24 April).   

Each  of  the  nine  finalists,  who  have  aspirations  to  be  professional  journalists,  will  be  given  the opportunity  to  attend  and  report  on  a  GP2  Series  race  weekend  for  the  Bridgestone  website, bridgestone.eu/e-reporter.  Bridgestone’s  finalists  for  this  season,  from  across  Europe,  will  be attending the following GP2 events:

Barcelona (26-27 April) Gavin Grace (County Galway, Ireland) Monte-Carlo (23-24 May) Lorenzo Quolantoni (Geneva, Switzerland) Valencia (31 May-1 June) Tabatha Valls Halling (Barcelona, Spain) Magny-Cours (21-22 June) Olivier Cougard (Lille, France) Silverstone (5-6 July) James Aitcheson (Wiltshire, UK) Hockenheim (19-20 July) Alan Ng (Bonn, Germany) Budapest (2-3 August) Guillaume Navarro (Erquy, France) Spa-Francorchamps (6-7 September) Rutger Wuyts (Ghent, Belgium) Monza (13-14 September) Tom Drew (London, UK)

Entrants for this year’s Bridgestone e-reporter competition were asked to demonstrate their ability to write  both  a  newsworthy  story  and  topical  interview  questions.  The  high  standard  of  entries  from students writing in English as their second language was highlighted by the judges, the judging panel including high-profile international journalists.

Gerry  Duffy,  Vice  President  of  Sales  &  Marketing,  Bridgestone  Europe,  said,  “In  2008  we  have received the highest number of entries we have ever had for the Bridgestone e-reporter competition. We have also seen a real increase in the number of entries coming from students outside of the UK, particularly  from  France  and  Spain,  which  shows  the  increasing  reputation  of  the  contest  within European  universities. 

Bridgestone  continues  to  invest  in  education  and,  through  the  e-reporter programme, provides students with invaluable journalistic experience helping them to build a career for the future. Bridgestone wish the best of luck to all the finalists attending GP2 events through out the season.” The overall winner of the 2008 Bridgestone e-reporter contest, due to be selected in late September, will continue their work on Bridgestone-backed events and will be offered work experience as part of the competition prize. For  further  information  on  the  2008  Bridgestone  e-reporter  competition  and  to  view  race reports through out the season from this year’s finalists, visit bridgestone.eu/e-reporter.