2009 Bridgestone e-reporter

 open for entries  

 Chance for European students aged 18-30 to kick-start a career in journalism  

11 finalists to attend GP2 Series or MotoGP race weekends

 Bridgestone  has  today  announced  that  the  2009  Bridgestone  e-reporter  competition  for  young aspiring journalists is now open for entries.

As the contest enters its sixth year, the e-reporter initiative continues to provide students from across Europe with invaluable journalistic experience, also helping finalists to establish long-term careers in the media. In 2009, Bridgestone will give 11 finalists, chosen by an international panel of judges, the opportunity to  attend  a  MotoGP  or  GP2  Series  race  weekend. 

Whilst  on-event  the  finalists  will  be  able  to interview top riders and drivers, writing articles that will be published on the Bridgestone website.

European students aged 18-30 and in full time education, on any educational course, have the chance to enter this unique competition. Whether entrants have a passion for motorsport, or are simply  keen  writers,  they  can  submit  their  entry  online  at  www.bridgestone.eu/e-reporter  anytime before  Tuesday  31  March  2009. 

Entrants  are  required  to  demonstrate  their  ability  to  write  a newsworthy  story  and  develop  creative  interview  questions.   Bridgestone  is  keen  to  make  the competition  as  accessible  as  possible  to  students  from  all  over  Europe,  opening  up  the  contest  by allowing  this  year’s  entries  to  be  submitted  in  English,  Dutch,  French,  German,  Polish,  Spanish  or Portuguese.  

Bridgestone e-reporter aims to help talented young writers to develop their skills, whilst also providing students with the chance of a lifetime as they become part of the Bridgestone team at a MotoGP or GP2  race  event. 

The  overall  winner  of  this  year’s  e-reporter  competition,  chosen  for  their  ability  to represent  the  Bridgestone  brand  and  demonstrate  their  journalistic  skills,  will  be  awarded  with  a laptop, plus further work experience.

 Each year  of the competition, winners and finalists have gone on to secure full-time jobs within the media as a direct result of their involvement with Bridgestone e-reporter. Examples of media outlets that e-reporter graduates now write for include 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).

Finalists  from  previous  years  have  come  from  all  over  Europe  including  France,  Germany,  Italy, Spain,   Finland,   Malta,   Hungary,   the   Netherlands,   Austria,   Belgium,   Poland,   Switzerland, Ireland and the UK.

Commenting on Bridgestone e-reporter and the aims of the competition, Gerry Duffy, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Bridgestone Europe, said, “Bridgestone is continually looking at ways to invest in  the  community  and  is  very  proud  of  the  e-reporter  programme  and  its  achievements  in  terms  of developing careers. In 2008 we celebrated five years of e-reporter, and in 2009 we look forward to involving 11 e-reporter finalists in what will be an exciting year for Bridgestone across Formula One, MotoGP and the GP2 Series. It is also an exciting development to allow entrants to write in a choice of seven different languages, so we expect to see an increase in entries yet again this year. ”

For further information on the 2009 Bridgestone e-reporter competition, or to submit an entry, visit www.bridgestone.eu/e-reporter. The closing date for entries is Tuesday 31 March 2009.

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