Mr Motor Tweeter Car and Bike Blog
by Mr George Chapman- Editorial Content and Web Producer
I have worked at the following magazines and websites:
- Visordown Magazine
- iMotor Digital Magazine
- Auto Express Magazine
- Autocar Magazine
- Car Magazine
As Web Producer for CarBuyer, a new car reviews website, I manage the smooth running of the site and maintain up to date listings of all new cars on sale in the UK. Known for supplying expert reviews written in plain English, CarBuyer also produces very popular car review videos featuring Mat Watson.
Responsible for the highly detailed reviews section of the site, I maintain a database of information for the majority of bikes produced in the last ten years. All manufacturers data, images and previous road tests are accessible. Readers are also encouraged to add their own review.
AUTO EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2010
As part of the video and news team I was asked to write SEO friendly news on the website and introduce manufacturer's video footage in order ot help promote coverage of the 2010 Paris Motor Show and Auto Express Performance Car of the Year.
Working at Dennis Publishing with the iMotor team provided me with an insight to how a digital, online magazine is produced. I was responsible for writing daily motoring web news and magazine copy, covering photo shoots and assisting in driving duties. I also helped to review the long term vehicles.
AUTO EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2009
Working on the busy news and features desk I was responsible for monitoring daily motoring news and researching related feature topics. I replied to readers' letters and contributed to the Motor World section. This role required quick thinking, strict deadlines and the ability to learn house style very quickly.
AUTOCAR MAGAZINE 2009
Alongside the web team, I was mainly responsible for writing and researching daily news for the website. I also assisted on Autocar's famous and stringent road tests which included photo shoots and driving responsibilities. Whilst testing the Peugeot 3008 I also thoroughly enjoyed meeting motoring writer, John Simister.
CAR MAGAZINE 2008
Securing a position at Bauer Media gave me the opportunity to work for the first magazine I ever bought. Way back in 1989 Car covered a head-to-head with the high tech Porsche 959 versus the road racer Ferrari F40. As the magazine that invented the group test and defined the term supercar, my introduction to motoring magazines was set.
Working alongside Tim Pollard and Chris Chilton, I was given news stories to write and upload, along with other research tasks and photo sourcing responsibilities. I was also taken on the group test shoot for the first Nissan GTR in the country alongside Audi's R8 and the Porsche 911 Turbo.
Click below to view my published news stories and images I took during the roadtest.
FREELANCE AT CAR MAGAZINE
Approximately a month after the two weeks I worked for Car, I was offered freelance assisting and driving work by Tim Pollard to join Ben Barry, contributing writer on a shoot in central Wales for a comparison road test between the new Impreza WRX STi and the Honda Civic Type R. I thoroughly enjoyed driving the cars for tracking shots and helping the photographer setting up stills. Here are some images I took during the day.
MERRICK MEDIA 2007
I began working in publishing for Merrick Media, Bath in Feb 2007 writing news stories and editing web content with the main obligation of improving Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and attracting more viewers. The site supports the magazine aiming to help readers with all their overseas investment, property and relocation needs.
News pieces covered all topics that affected overseas investors looking to relocate or buy homes abroad. I learnt the importance of constructing accurate, key word rich, web friendly articles to be used as primary features for the front page. I enjoyed editing copy, researching news stories and manipulating the site. I also learnt photo resizing skills, web editing programs and content management software.
As an unpaid intern I worked for 6 months having articles published and gaining very valuable experience of website management and editorial content. I enjoyed the freedom I was offered in this position and achieved increased viewings on Google News and keyword searches. The site has undergone significant changes in the last two years and my archive work is now removed.