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    Any leads here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samarth 619 View Post
    Buddy, its an area where there's good competition already. Let me pinpoint the ways motojournos live their life:

    1. They don't get a Superbike's key at the very first month of job. Or any key for that matter. They just learn with their seniors.

    2. Their life is very unpredictable. They might have to travel here and there all the time, ignoring family, other needs, etc. You might have to go to other cities to attend launches. Arrange hotels, etc. yourself.

    3. Most of the time they're under pressure to complete test reports, articles, etc. at the last minute. Eating, sleeping, anything can be compromised for this.

    4. They have to have good knowledge otherwise a small mistake will get them insulted, specially with internet's presence.
    Example: Once Bike India guys said to a R15 owner, that R15 can be used with an aftermarket air filter easily because it has Fuel injection which adjusts fuelling automatically.
    What they didn't know was that there was no O2/ Oxygen sensor in the exhaust to determine the AFR of the burnt fuel. Assuming that if it even had that sensor, some Fi's treat too much air inflow as engine malfunction, and a light blinks on the console. R15's Fi system is open looped, not closed looped.
    And if they rode R15 a lot, they would've noticed how it touches 140 sometimes, and struggles with even 135 at other times, despite temperature being constant. Why is it so? Due to oxygen variation in the air, AFR is affected in R15's just by the fact that where you live.

    5. They have to risk their life at most times later on.
    So, KTM just released a new Duke in India? You'll have to ride it hard, post a wheelie & stoppie for the camera for the "Wow" factor. And log in the test equipment, and test its acceleration. Acceleration of a bike making 72 bhp, the one you just got for 1-2 days only. If you catch a wet/ dusty patch, you might end up on the ground.

    6. There are usually set times for coming into the office, but not for going.

    7. Today, they have to maintain their internet presence too. And I don't mean a Xbhp ID and a facebook ID.... I mean everything- google+, Orkut, Facebook, linkedin, other blogs and sites, etc. They have to keep updated. Yesterday's knowledge will not save their a** tomorrow.


    And let me tell you- Answering RG's questions, I got 8 out of 10 correct without using any external source of info (didn't get question 2 and 3 though). And out of those, 6 I would rate as perfect answers.
    But I'm not a moto-journalist. It takes a lot more, to be one, than just having the right information.

    If you think you have it in you, start writing a blog for some time. Try doing some diploma or degree in Journalism. Try approaching Bike India office in Pune. You might not get the best salary at this stage, but if you have the potential, you will learn a lot by working as an intern.
    Just remember buddy, I'm a college lecturer, a career counselor and after having attended almost 6-7 interviews I can say-- more than your degree & percentage, your talent and the "fire in your belly" matters. If you can do good work & produce good content, anyone gives a zilch about your degree!
    If pain is your game, and the ride is your life. Go on.

    I will follow your blog. Just inform me... I'll try to help you if I can.
    Hello Samarth,

    I can Just say a Wow

    What you have mentioned here are very Good points not only for becoming a motojournalist but also may apply to ones(May be me) who chase their own dreams..

    "Just remember buddy, I'm a college lecturer, a career counselor and after having attended almost 6-7 interviews I can say-- more than your degree & percentage, your talent and the "fire in your belly" matters. If you can do good work & produce good content, anyone gives a zilch about your degree!
    If pain is your game, and the ride is your life. Go on."

    The above quoted lines are just awesome buddy.

    Whenever i come across a thread and if i come across your post, i read it completely. I simply like the way you post which will be very helpful in a very detailed manner.

    By the way i am a big Fan of yours.

    Pardon me for the Off-Topic

    Cheers
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    Default Re: Job as a motorcycle journalist/test rider?

    I'm assuming there aren't any openings in chennai?

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    Default Re: Job as a motorcycle journalist/test rider?

    Does it pay well to be an automotive journalist?

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    Default Re: Job as a motorcycle journalist/test rider?

    Nice info...! If you have any Job Openings in Chennai at IT industry and please share me. I am looking the IT job and please reply...

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    @Samarth 619
    Loved your feedback and support on this thread Sir. Seeing how you and OP were collaborating, would like to know more about the output blog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samarth 619 View Post
    Check your PM. I have sent you my mail & FB ID. Let us take the content planning over there. Also, I think you should plan the blog slightly earlier. What will be the blog name?
    @Samarth 619
    So how did the things work out? Loved your guidance and support for OP's cause.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zapps View Post
    @Samarth 619
    So how did the things work out? Loved your guidance and support for OP's cause.
    Well, he didn't contact me yet. I'm not sure what happened behind the scene, maybe he started the blog or maybe dropped the idea.

    @viks Could you update?

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