Need writers for Solo Nationals

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Need writers for Solo Nationals

Postby spitfire4gp » Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:41 pm

I need writers to help cover the 36th Solo Nationals for SportsCar. If you�re the type of person who likes to weigh in on these forums, you may be just the one we need.
I need about two dozen writers to cover the event and so far I have about half that. Times are tough and a lot of my regulars aren�t coming this year so I really need some new blood. Ideally, we want people who will be there all four days -- Tuesday-Wednesday drivers cover Thursday-Friday classes and Thursday-Friday drivers cover Tuesday-Wednesday classes [See Run Days list at bottom of this message]. Most urgent need is for Tue-Wed drivers staying over to the end of the week.
The perks are:
1-This counts as your work assignment,
2-You do most of it sitting in the stands or chatting with other drivers, and
3-You do NOT have to work on the days you run
The necessaries are:
1-I prefer people who are there all four days (enabling #3 above)
2-You have to get stories back to me within about 10 days (September 29 deadline)
You do NOT need polished writing ability. Rather, we need people who are good observers and, yes, even good bench racers.
No one should have to write up more than two classes (Open and Ladies are considered one class for story purposes). The basic job is to be there when the classes are running, talk to a couple of the key players, then write a story (likely after you get home) of about 500 words.
You e-mail it to me, I do the editing and fact checking, and perhaps plug in some historical perspective, and send it to the magazine. I also take care of preparing all results for publication, so you do not have to worry about that.
Great writing talent is secondary to just being there. I can edit most anything into a reasonable narrative, but I need the details of the story so the eyes and ears of the reporters are invaluable. This is like the good old days of hot-lead journalism -- you're the ace reporter, I'm the invisible "rewrite� guy. I�ll send you a brief "how-to" with the story assignments, which come out late August after the run order is announced.
If you can be part of the crew this year, please send me a direct e-mail (rocky@spitfire4.com) telling me:
1. Your name
2. Mailing address
3. Phone numbers (home, work, cell)
4. e-mail address
5. Your Social Security Number *
6. Your class, days you run [see schedule below]
7. What day you plan to arrive/leave Topeka
8. Where you plan to stay in Topeka (motel, etc.)
9. Any preferences for classes you'd like to cover
10. Second choice for event work assignment in case I can't use you as a writer.
(* A California requirement, SportsCar is published in California.)
If you enter using the entry form in SportsCar or the flyer mailed from SCCA, in the �Worker Information� area circle �OTHER� and write in "SportsCar." If registering online at the SCCA.com website, leave the �Work Preference� line blank and at the bottom of the page in �Notes to registrar� write in �Work Preference - SportsCar Writer.�
If you've already sent your entry and checked off some other worker preference, just let me know what you checked. I can get it changed.
Hope to hear from you soon!

--Rocky Entriken
Chief of Writers

------ Run Days ------
~~~TUE-WED~~~
AS BS DS FS GS
STX STU
ASP BSP ESP
XP DP EP GP
DM EM FM F125 FJA FJB

~~~THU-FRI~~~
SS CS ES HS
STS STS2 SM SM2
CSP DSP FSP
CP FP
AM BM CM FSAE

and, of course, corresponding Ladies classes
Rocky Entriken
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