Saturday, May 17, 2008

A week at MSN Cars

For the last five days I’ve been working with MSN Cars in London. The majority of the week has been spent ploughing through their (considerable) collection of road tests and re-publishing them with increased detail in the descriptions. So, if you want to know the difference between, say, a 2000-2007 Mondeo or indeed the Ghia spec versus the Zetec, then I’m your man.

It was a mammoth task, but - to an obsessive car-geek like myself - a strangely enjoyable one. It also gave me a chance to familiarise myself with their XML software, which meant I was able to write, construct and publish my own articles by the end of the week.

Here are three examples, hot off the virtual press:

Cadillac CTS-V breaks the eight minute barrier:

New tax rules may increase CO2:

Mobile use could cost drivers £5.4m a year:

At the time of writing you can also find them at the first three news slots on MSN Cars home page.

I wrote the introduction for their ‘60s cars gallery:

And, whilst I’m on a roll with no-holes-barred self-promotion, I also provided the photos for their Mercedes C220 CDI blog post, as reported recently:!9147D27F85A04C56!2677.entry

It’s been an enjoyable week and one where I learnt a lot about the profession I’m now even more determined to get into. All that remains is for me to thank the nice people at MSN for this opportunity.

However, this might not be the end of the story. A couple of other chances to get involved may be cropping up over the next few weeks, so watch this space.

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