Students on the Guild-supported Masters degree course in Automotive Journalism at Coventry University have published their own car magazine as part of their course work.
“This year the students have concentrated on generating as much as possible themselves,” says course director and Guild member Andrew Noakes. “All the words are theirs, they’ve originated their own story ideas, created all the page layouts from scratch, and shot the vast majority of the images themselves after securing access to events and loans of press cars.”
The six students have produced a 40-page magazine with wide-ranging content including road tests of the Citroën Ami and Hyundai Ioniq 6, an in-depth look at PHEVs, F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel’s comments on the Race of Champions and sustainability, a behind-the-scenes analysis of the success of the Bremen classic car show and much more.
The Automotive Journalism MA course, the only one of its kind in the world, was established in 2004 at the urging of Guild member Steve Cropley, who remains closely involved as a visiting professor. Of the 120 graduates of the course since then around 90 per cent have gone into automotive media or motor industry jobs – an extraordinary success rate in such a competitive field.
Some notable graduates include Guild members James Taylor and Joe Breeze, Top Gear magazine editor Jack Rix and sub-editor Sam Burnett, Youtuber Alex Kersten and motor industry PRs Sophie Middleton (Cosworth), Mark Griffiths (Hyundai), John O’Brien (Honda) and David Kirby (loop).
More details of the automotive journalism course are available here.