celebrating five years of success at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza
31 finalists from the last five years reunited for GP2 awards
Bridgestone, the Official Tyre Supplier to the FIA Formula One World Championship and the GP2 Series, is this year celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Bridgestone e-reporter competition.
Aimed at students across Europe aged 18-30 in full time education, e-reporter offers young writers a unique chance to launch their journalistic and reporting careers. To mark the fifth anniversary of the Bridgestone e-reporter programme, all finalists from the last five years have been invited to a celebratory reunion at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza – the 2008 GP2 Series finale – to showcase Bridgestone’s investment in the community and future journalists.
During the weekend 31 Bridgestone e-reporter finalists will get together for the official Bridgestone dinner, before enjoying the GP2 sprint race and Formula One race on the Sunday. In addition, all Bridgestone e-reporter graduates have been invited to attend the GP2 Series end of season ceremony, to be held on the Sunday night (14 September), where the Winning Attitude Awards (WAA) will be presented. Since its launch in 2003, the Bridgestone e-reporter programme has continued to grow in popularity with more students entering the competition from an increasing number of European countries, 2008 being a record year for entries. The competition has also continued to prove that it is a programme committed to launching journalistic careers, with numerous Bridgestone e-reporters securing jobs within the media as a direct result of their involvement in the initiative.
It is testament to the e-reporter programme that past and present Bridgestone e-reporter finalists have been writing, either full time or as contributors, for high profile European media outlets including Autoklub (Poland), Autosport (UK), Autosport es Formula (Hungary), Bild Motorsport (Germany), Crash.net (UK), De Telegraaf (Netherlands), F1GrandPrix.it (Italy), F1i (Belgium), Formula 1 Race Report (Netherlands), ITV-F1.com (UK), L’Alsace (France) and Sport Magazine (UK).
This year’s nine e-reporter finalists have each been invited to a European Formula One Grand Prix weekend to report on the Bridgestone-backed GP2 Series and Monza will see the ninth finalist report on the GP2 Series’ final round. Throughout the season, Bridgestone e- reporter articles have been published on bridgestone.eu/e-reporter.
The overall winner of the 2008 e-reporter contest, due to be announced during the GP2 Series awards ceremony, will be chosen for their ability to represent the Bridgestone brand and produce newsworthy race reports.
Bridgestone’s young e-reporter journalist of the year will then be invited to continue their work on Bridgestone-backed events.
Gerry Duffy, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Bridgestone Europe, commented, “We are proud to be celebrating five years of Bridgestone e-reporter in 2008, at the Italian Grand Prix, as the competition goes from strength to strength. We are committed more than ever to education and providing students with the opportunity to develop their talent as young journalists, helping them in their step up to becoming successful writers. We look forward to bringing together 31 of our finalists in Monza as it will be a real celebration for Bridgestone, showcasing what the Bridgestone e-reporter programme has achieved across Europe.”
For further information on Bridgestone e-reporter, visit bridgestone.eu/e-reporter.