Magazine team hits Geneva car show

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Oh, the glamour. Students on Coventry’s Automotive Journalism MA programme flew to the Geneva motor show to gather material for the course magazine, with funding from the university. They even got a selfie with racing legend Sir Stirling Moss. Below, student JAN CONESA describes the response from industry insiders. First, here’s JAMES BRODIE’s opening editorial:

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Welcome to the 2015 edition of Automotive. This year signals the 10th anniversary of the Automotive Journalism MA at Coventry University, and as such, we felt it was our duty to deliver the best, and most ambitious edition of Automotive yet.

To accomplish this, we’ve pushed the boundaries of just what you can do on this course.

Automotive magazine 2015. Click the pic to see the full mag

Automotive magazine 2015. Click the pic to see the full mag

Spending the best part of two months planning a trip to Geneva for the 85th International Motor Show to be a part of the hustle and bustle of the press days was stressful. On arrival, it only became clearer just how intense the motor industry actually is.

We’ve got the lowdown on the 20 hottest pieces of property from the show, including an in-depth interview with the creator of our cover car, the Koenigsegg Regera. It’s insane, and the mad professor Mr Koenigsegg himself was kind enough to find 15 minutes for us for a chat about his latest creation.

We were also fortunate enough to spend three days playing with a 911 Carrera Cabrio in the south of France thanks to Centre Porsche Antibes; and an extraordinary woman found time in the middle of moving house to let us have a thorough poke around her Lambourghini Miura S.

Lovely.

March saw the start of the 2015 Formula 1 season, and we’ve got all the talking points from the Australian Grand Prix, as well as a preview of the London round of the 2014-15 Formula E season, and a few words from the Dakar Rally’s greenest man.

With special thanks to Andrew Noakes for his dedication running this course. Enjoy the issue.

 

And here’s JAN CONESA, reflecting on the experience of producing the magazine – an annual highlight of the Automotive Journalism MA course: 

Car mag contributors 250The feedback’s been good. We have shown it to people from Car magazine and they were impressed. People from Autocar also found it very good stuff.

We were the first ones to go an international motor show, thanks to Coventry University funding.

The whole experience was very useful. We learnt a lot about production: hiring the cameras, booking the planes, insurance. We got all the equipment from the media loan shop at the university.

I did a project for a Catalan magazine as well.

It was a good place to make contacts from all over the world – important journalists like Chris Harris. Andrew gave us some some letters of recommendation we could give to the journalists there, to help us get hired.

We met James Taylor, a staff writer at Car magazine and a former student from the master’s degree. We met another ex-student who is working for Tesla, the electric vehicle company in the United States. He’s the press officer for Tesla across Europe. We interviewed him for the magazine.

Panos Mytiniliaos and Ally Campbell got a picture of themselves with Sir Stirling Moss. They just spotted him across the show.

I shook hands with Jean Todt, the former Ferrari F1 team manager and FIA president.

We tried to do the best-ever edition of Automotive magazine. We think we nailed it.

READ the 2015 edition of Automotive magazine

SEE ALSO: MA accelerates career, says Car writer James

A sample page from the magazine. Click the pic for a readable image

A sample page from the magazine. Click the pic to read

 

Simon Pipe is a former print and BBC journalist, now a member of the Journalism teaching team at Coventry University. He also runs an experimental website, St Helena Online, about one of the world's most remote inhabited islands, at www.sthelenaonline.org On Twitter, when he has something to say, he is @simonpipe

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