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2009 Bridgestone e-reporter competition open for entries 14 Jan 2009

Franco Annunziato, Managing Director, Bridgestone Technical Centre Europe and 2008 Bridgestone e-reporter winner Guillaume Navarro. © Bridgestone/GP2 Series Bridgestone e-reporter finalist Guillaume Navarro (right) with BBC commentator Maurice Hamilton, Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, 31 July 2008.  Bridgestone Bridgestone e-reporter finalist Tabatha Valls Halling interviews Jerome D'Ambrosio, European Grand Prix, 24 August 2008. © Bridgestone

Official Formula One tyre supplier Bridgestone has announced that their 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 GP2 Series or MotoGP race weekend. Whilst on-event the finalists will be able to interview top drivers and riders, writing articles that will be published on the Bridgestone website.

“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,” explained Gerry Duffy, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Bridgestone Europe.

“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. ”

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 anytime before Tuesday, March 31, 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.

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.

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

For further information on the 2009 competition, or to submit an entry, visit www.bridgestone.eu/e-reporter.