the road ahead
Waltzing in the clouds with our disembodied
awareness is a likelihood with problematic results.
On the one hand, it can expand our consciousness by
making it easier to wirelessly store and retrieve
data through any device that provides Internet
access. On the other hand, it will hasten what
Cori Ferman terms "the Mediapocalypse."
Not the absence but the ubiquity of media. "It is no
longer something we do, but something we are part
of, "as she explains in a MediaPost piece, "The
End of Media As We Know It."
Photo by Meres 'Mack' McCarroll
That, in turn, poses a threat to NHTSA
Administrator David Strickland who cautioned
in a recent talk, "A car is not a mobile device, a
car is a car." He said his agency "will not take a
backseat while new telematics and infotainment
systems are introduced. There is to much potential
for distraction of drivers."
Erik Sass agrees in his column for Social
Media and Marketing Daily: Do We Need Social Media
In Cars? Probably Not. He sees the possibility
of converting Internet input from text to audio as a
means of lessening the distraction for drivers.
However, he feels that "cognitive distraction
(rather than physical) is still dangerous to some
degree. He says, "Although it's embarrassing -- like
not being able to walk and chew gum simultaneously
-- there are definitely times when I'm driving when
I have to turn down the radio or tell the person in
the passenger seat to stop yammering because I'm
nearing sensory overload."
Cloud Computing - "a term used to describe
applications and services hosted and run on servers
connected to the internet that end users do not have
to maintain or support." - Center For Media
Algorithms - "an effective method expressed
as a finite list of well-defined instructions for
calculating a function. Algorithms are used for
calculation, data processing, and automated
reasoning" - Wikipedia
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"Getting Your Ass Kicked By A Really Nice Guy," penned by David Koretz
for MediaPost, uses
www.AutoTrader.com as a cautionary
about what happens to a company when a guy who thinks completely differently
comes along. Koretz says it should “scare the hell” out of publishers when
“intrepid entrepreneurs figure out how to displace their business. And that fear
is the only thing that will give them a shot at survival."
For those who get queries about "How
To Become an Automotive Journalist," refer them to a piece posted under
that title in Edmunds’
Insideline.com written by John Pearley Huffman, a year ago.
(AWcom has been saving it in case the question came our way again.) It is a
thoughtful and helpful answer to the question. While freelancer Huffman
interviewed current buff book editors on the topic (not a bad way to strengthen
his relationships), the points made reflect Huffman’s own hard-earned lessons as
he made his way from a wannabe living at home to a strengthening foothold in the
community of auto writers.
PR Week, Media Week and Brand Republic in England are going
behind partial paywalls similar to that at the NY Times. Danny Rogers,
group editor for publisher Haymarket says, “the move will allow us to
invest in journalism.” . . . Mountain Democrat auto columnist and
attorney in Placerville, Calif. Larry Weitzman has been sentenced to
federal prison for his roles in laundering nearly $3 million of drug money, the
Reader Tom Kelley forwarded what sounds like good news for auto journalists. It
Erik Sherman's BNet report that Google is going to tag content creators - a
way to identify content with who created it. Sherman notes that as authors
become known and attract followings, it could change the balance of power
between those who create and those who publish. Kelley comments: "I've never
been as militantly against the online outlets as much as some of our print
brethren have, but I've always agreed that work-for-free vanity sites like HuffPo and
About.com, and the quasi-aggregation sites that just grab content
without adding value, were problematic for those still trying to practice
legitimate journalism. Perhaps this move by Google might shift the scales back
in favor of the autowriting pros."
A powerful push in the direction is the
growing need for efficient ways to separate the wheat from chaff on the
Internet. A Research Brief citing the growth of raw data inundating the
Internet, quotes Steven Rosenbaum, author of Curation Nation,
"... (since) the volume of raw data coming at us has increased more than 50% in
the past 12 months...(and) as more digital devices and software services
proliferate...data and speed of increase will grow exponentially...(and) will
be unsustainable." He goes on to suggest that "...algorithmic solutions,
better spam filters, smarter search, and more connected devices will fact-expand
the problem...(while) human data management, shared and community filtering,
and personal recommendations will allow 'content' consumers...(to) consume curated content...(and) surf less."
Another potential boost from
Google is its decision to quit accepting archival material from newspapers.
Instead, Fern Siegel reports in The Boston Phoenix, the company will focus its
energies on "newer projects that help the industry, such as Google One Pass, a
platform that enables publishers to sell content and subscriptions directly from
their web sites.
Then there is the sporting approach of improving writers'
compensation introduced by the Johnston Press in England which let go 1,230
editorial staff from its string of community papers in the past year. Those
remaining are now allowed to play 40 free games in the Bingo game Johnston Press
runs to boost readership. Readers get 30 free games but staffers are barred from
winning top prizes. National Union of Journalists negotiator Jenny Lennox was
quoted in Media Digest: "It seems that the real lottery for journalists is
whether or not they will still have their jobs at the end of the year." She went
onto say, "We are entering a whole new never-never land when we find that the
company is now resorting to bingo to keep afloat - and pay massive management
salaries - while cuts to its journalistic service to local communities are
driving away readers, advertisers and revenue."
Edmunds.com is starting a "GroupOn"-type channel for new and used vehicles,
Karl Greenberg reports in
Marketing Daily. He says the company has a pilot program underway in
South Florida and plans to be nationwide by mid-summer. Titled "Edmunds Exclusives"
the program offers consumers geo-targeted deals after they have done their
research and are ready to buy.
Wooden Horse News reports Auto Trader Classics will go out of print after the
July issue, and become an online-only brand, according to parent company Cox
Enterprises Inc. The website will host all classic car content, photos, features
and classified listings at www.AutoTraderClassics.com
... Also the newsletter
says a consortium of five major publishers formed in 2009 to sell digital
editions on their own terms, have made Time, Fortune, The New Yorker,
Popular Mechanics, Fitness and Parents available singly or by subscription in
the "magazines" section of Verizon's V Cast store on the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
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David Kiley has worked for USA Today, and BusinessWeek where he was
auto editor and marketing editor. He has authored two books on the
industry, both published by John Wiley and Sons. The first, Getting the
Bugs Out, chronicling "the rise and fall and comeback of Volkswagen in
America," came out in 2001 and the second, Inside BMW, The Most Admired
Car Company In The World, in 2004. His new post prompts this brief look
at his thoughts about it and auto journalism in general.
It saddened me a bit to read William Jeanes' lament about the current
state of auto industry journalism in the May issue. As the new
editor-in-chief of AOL Autos, I can say that I have never been so
Editor-In-Chief AOL Autos,
Auto Industry Editor-The
It is true that the glory days of the glossy buff books are probably
numbered. I, of course, still love to thumb my issues of Automobile,
Car & Driver, Motor Trend and Road & Track. But I know there is great
pressure on those glossies due to more and more ad dollars going to
digital media like AOL Autos, Yahoo! Autos, AutoBlog, etc.
My plan with AOL Autos is to make the research and shopping tool better
as time and resources allow, and have a combination of news-you-can-use,
industry news, reviews and even a little of what I call "reader
popcorn." It shouldn't be all serious all the time.
In one week, we published a serious story about ethanol, which garnered
over 1.5 million page views in an afternoon, a review of the Chrysler
Town and Country minivan and a 60-second video of actress/activist
Sarandon taking about her cars. On that last one, we took a poke from
auto industry blog Jalopnik about the silliness of Sarandon. But, like I
said, I don't want to be all serious all the time. We also had the
opportunity to have Jodi Foster weigh in on the new Nissan-designed taxi
for New York City. We figured she was a good source. "Hey, you talking
to me?" We couldn't get DeNiro.
This summer, we plan on delivering some long form videos on the VW
Beetle and 70th anniversary of Jeep. These videos will be different from
almost anything else I have seen on news sites. I wouldn't have had the
opportunity to do the same kind of work when I was covering cars at USA
Today or BusinessWeek.
The online platform allows so much freedom to rethink the content we are
giving to our readers. I, frankly, got over the thrill of having
everything printed on dead trees when I was at BusinessWeek. Stories
could languish for weeks as editors changed their minds like we change
our socks, or as ad pages dwindled, shrinking the size of the magazine.
Some places just have too many editors--though that is less an issue
than it used to be--each one, perhaps four or five in the chain,
suggesting or ordering changes to justify their office and salary while
adding little or nothing to the story.
Some lament the growth of blogs. Sure, it has let writers with less
training into the journalism ranks. But there are blogs and there are
blogs. A blog with a good editor or editors at the top, like we have
with AutoBlog, is both entertaining and informative. And not every
subject of interest requires 750-1500 words.
On the other hand, I recently got scolded by Jalopnik editor Ray Wert
for writing too long about why I believe the taxpayer bailout of the
auto industry was worth every penny. Some topics, I believe, deserve,
longer form treatment and more explanation than a write up on Audi's win
at LeMans. The online platform allows for all that in ways that printing
on dead trees, or conforming to a blog format, does not.
Besides being editor-in-chief of AOL Autos, I also take lead on writing
many auto industry stories on HuffingtonPost.com. Having both platforms
on which to write about the industry is a gift.
I agree with William Jeanes, who I respect and was sad to lose at AOL
Autos, about the sorry state of compensation for writers at many
outlets. I wrote my share of $15 and $25 blog posts over the last 18
months. And the quality of what an outlet gets for $15 is not going to
be very good. Or, if it is good, the writer is not going to be very
happy or motivated. I'm not a fan of that practice either.
The late great David E. Davis, quoted in Jeanes' article, had very high
standards. And we can't always measure up to David E., though we can
try. I am lucky enough to have some staff that David E. affected during
his time at Winding Road. So, I feel like I have a piece of David E.
Davis at our place.
As I go to work every day, I have a feeling of satisfaction and
gratitude. Why gratitude? I have had a diverse career. At one time in my
journalistic life I had to write about toothpaste and feminine hygiene
products. I drank a lot then. I have also worked at three ad agencies on
car accounts. Those jobs are great if you like being in meetings all
day. I can remember more than one meeting to nowhere and to no purpose
at GM where I wrote "Kill me now" a hundred times on my yellow pad.
Writing about the auto industry, a vital industry to the U.S. economy,
beats hell out of writing about feminine hygiene products, though I do
recognize that industry is crucial to women. And it's a lot more fun
than being stuck in a succession of 90 minute meetings about stuff that
is probably never going to happen.
I have met some of the loveliest and smartest people in this business.
David E. Davis, William Jeanes, and the late great Jerry Flint are among
them. I find the people impacted by their work are, for the most part,
some of the best people I know. I have had the opportunity to cover up
close some of the most fascinating people in business - Bob Lutz,
Iacocca, Alan Mulally, Helmut Panke, Roger Penske - the list is long. Of
course, I have also encountered some of the worst jackasses and
miscreants, both as subjects and journalists, I'll ever know. It's a
balance. And it keeps things interesting.
Covering this industry is a great ride. And I have a lot of miles yet to
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farewell to auto journalism (Musings From An Automotive
Dinosaur) brought a number of responses to his mailbox,
ours and elsewhere on the web. He says most of the
emails he received on the topic were positive. While
nearly all of those sent to AWcom praised Mr. Jeanes for his
many contributions to automotive journalism, most found
reason to dispute one or more of the points he made in his
Below are some selected excerpts. All comments can be read online
"I think William Jeanes has found the perfect reason to get
out of automotive journalism: he thinks the cars today are
so good that all we're doing is nitpicking because we have
nothing meaningful to write about. With that attitude
there's certainly no reason to continue in this fraternity."
"I personally feel this is the greatest time to be an auto
journalist, that there never has been so much interesting
stuff to talk and write about. So I plan to stick
around, writing about the new cars and their technology, as
long as the Good Lord will allow."
"Sounds like the rambling of someone sitting in his rocking
chair on the porch complaining about "the good ole days." What
was the point?"
"And beyond what is great and awful about any given car is
the feeling you get driving it. It's our job to give our
readers the sense that they are behind the wheel, not us."
"So, William, if you are wondering why people become
bloggers, it may be because they are writers who love to
write about cars. And since too many old men in the business
refuse to make room for them, they have to create their own
"Give me a "professional" blogger who writes out of their
love for the subject and desire to share their insights with
others over a jaded "journalist" who mainly writes for a
paycheck any day."
"If we're going to see automotive
journalism continue, or journalism in general, we're going
to have to understand that what used to be called "a
stringer," keystroking a review on a laptop computer, with a
digital camera plugged in to load photos taken in about 10
minutes time, is the new deal."
"As the shakeout continues, good automotive publications
(online or, Heaven forbid, in print) will bubble to the top
while the others will move to the side. Just as the reduced
expense of publishing brought about also-rans, the current
wave of online publishing will have their hacks. And once
this occurs, some people will be paid a living wage and
others will still spew the drivel that fills their website
where less discerning readers visit. Those of us who care to
write readable pieces on well-researched topics will
" ...from the writers, and photographers I talk to while
covering events for myself (that I blog is subsequent and
2ndary to my enjoyment of attending) none of them are making
a living at writing or photographing? So I recommend that
you try to put aside the perspective of what the person you
are reading is saying, and realize that your perspective and
what you are trying to get accomplished are far more
important than what a retiree feels about the blogging
"He does pointedly offend me when he said that traditional
guys had to earn their way into the business. Oh? Unless
your job was handed out in the bottom of the Cracker Jack
box, everyone had to earn what they have."
"Sadly, you've read the last paragraph from Williams (sic)
where he said that nothing he wrote in the piece gave him
any pleasure at all? and that is clearly demonstrative that
writing isn't much fun, but you'll see that blogging is,
it's all the fun you can fit in the time you have to add to
your blog the stuff you like the most. "
"A pro - and you can ask Jim Thorpe about it - is anyone who
gets paid. Seriously."
"But to paint virtually all bloggers with the brush of
being unprofessional is erroneous and makes you sound like a
bitter old man. And being bitter does not sound like the M.O.
of the William Jeanes I remember . . . "
"T.S. Elliot worked in a bank an he was a pretty good poet.
The changing nature of publishing, and the pathetic money
that many, maybe most Internet and traditional publishers
pay, demands that many people who are indeed, professional
writers, might do something else, in addition to writing
(and photography) to make ends meet."
"Feel free to send me any future work you turn down."
"The Internet of the future, the mature, grown-up Internet,
has the potential to take what's best about the human
experience -- our passion, our knowledge, our desire to
connect -- and channel it into an online experience that
truly resonates with how people live.
"To be sure, the adolescent Internet will always be with us.
But now there's a choice -- not just for individuals, but
for companies as well. One way forward is to continue down
the path where noise and half-truths trump facts, where
confusion and data overload overwhelm any possibility of
balance and wisdom. The other way is to stake out a place in
this new world of community, connections and collaboration."
- Arianna Huffington
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Alan Mutter, former Chicago Sun-Times city editor and San Francisco
Chronicle number two editor, says the timing is right to bring back a
P.M. news product. In his blog, Reflections of A Newsosaur, he supports
this idea with findings from research by ComScore, a digital ratings
service. In short: "Newspapers unfortunately operate at a disadvantage
in the battle for early-morning mindshare." However, iPad use
particularly among the-under 50 audience - rises considerably in the
after-dinner hour. Therefore, Mutter says, Newspapers can take advantage
of the quiet time consumers apparently set aside for reading by
publishing products delivered on the mobile and tablet platforms in the
hours between roughly 6 and 8 p.m. In addition to standard newspaper
fare. Mutter says the Nightly-ENews product should be: "a tool for
getting the most out of life."
In a summary of its recent Safety Conference in Washington D.C.,
Edmunds' Auto Observer proffered the thoughts of the company's CEO
Jeremy Anwyl in a piece titled Can Drivers Be Trusted To Think? In it, Anwyl presents interviews with two experts on the question of improving
traffic safety. One stressing, "that people can't be relied on to think;
they can't be trusted to make decisions." and the other who believes,
"improvements in safety technologies and increases in regulation have
made drivers feel safer. In turn, making drivers feel safer causes them
to engage in riskier behavior." Anwyl's take: "Making vehicles safer is
all well and good. But until cars drive themselves, drivers are still a
part of any transportation safety system. As in Europe, we should be
more open to new ways to engage drivers, not exclude them." He provides
his list of ways.
A group of enthusiasts are forming Car Guy Nation on the premise that
large numbers of car enthusiasts buying collectively online can be an
economic force to be reckoned with. They describe it as a "more
efficient 'social commerce' platform to drive down the high cost of
performance parts and services and to promote other unique buying
benefits for the millions of car guys out there." They plan a Weekly
Deals section with a selection of "GroupOn/Flash-sale" type offers and a
Vendor Mall section of merchants and vendors offering parts and
services. The plan includes a "rewards" feature for consumers who
purchase from the site: gasoline credits based on the number of dollars
Farndon circa 1968, Photo by Alan Earman
Top notch drag race photographer
Alan Earman is hospitalized with a number of
maladies and fellow snapper Bob Mclurg reports
Earman "is a little shy of reading material during his lengthy
and would really appreciate having his "old buds" send him some car magazines
and/or car books to read. Being that Alan is frequently moved around from one
hospital room to another, it is best that these copies be sent directly to his
home address: Alan Earman, 2238 Carfax Avenue, Long Beach, CA, 90815, and his
sister Yvette will deliver them to the hospital. Just in case any of you wish to
e-mail Alan, he can be reached at email@example.com."
advance review copies of its 17 books due out this fall. Nichole Schiele, Sr.
Marketing Manager for Motorbooks ( firstname.lastname@example.org /
Says: "Whether you do a regular book review, a holiday gift guide, online
contests, are seeking experts for interview or you see a book that would make a
good tie-in with something on your editorial calendar... this is a great time to
lock in your request and be guaranteed to receive the books for consideration
that you want! " Contact her for a complete list and thumbnails of the books and
a request form.
The EV Cup, the world's first racing series exclusively
featuring zero-emission electric vehicles, will now start in the United States
in November, rather than in the UK this summer as originally planned. The delay
and switch in locations allows more time for testing the still evolving race cars. The series will start
with two races in California: Laguna Seca in November and the Auto Club Speedway
outside of Los Angeles in December.
For an impressive look at an electric
car in action click this link:
. . . . A commemorative Legends On Wheels
hardcover book of "the vehicles of all time" will be available, presumably after
voting on the favorite cars of all time is closed June 29. The voting and
production of the subsequent book are under the auspices of Automotive News
Europe. However AWcom assumes the book will be available through Automotive
Frank Williams, no longer writing for The Truth About Cars, can be
reached at email@example.com . . .
Nina Walker has replaced Gabrielle Lindsley at Evox Productions. Email:
Nina@evox.com . . . David Pankew
has moved to Autoblog in Canada from Performance Auto & Sound. He can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-271-9556. . . .
Larry Rusznak has been named Business Operations Manager for the
Guild. He can be reached at
email@example.com or 323-374-3674.
Surface mail should be addressed to Motor Press Guild, P.O. Box 4215,
Redondo Beach, CA 90277. . . . . Josh Max provides a correction to his
new Email as published here last month. It should be
. . .With its $919 million purchase of publisher Lagerdere SCA's nearly
100 magazines outside the French market the Hearst empire is now second
only to Time, Inc. in the U.S. titles published with 20 - Car and Driver
and Road & Track are among them.
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Gerry Durnell - Editor and publisher of Automobile Quarterly
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AWARDS & HONORS
NASCAR HALL OF FAME 2011 INDUCTEES:
The American Auto Racing Writers And Broadcasters Association (AARWBA)
annual awards breakfast prior to the Indianapolis 500 honored
members in 21 categories,
of auto racing coverage, Included were Internet, film and photos as
well as radio and the major forms and types of print coverage, A
complete list of winners selected by independent judges from
academia and the journalism profession is available at:
Auto Pacific's 15th Annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards
Top Car: Mercedes-Benz S Class
Top Truck: Cadillac Escalade
Top Premium Car: Lincoln
Top Popular Brand: Chrysler
Most Overall Awards: Ford
Some 68,000 owners were polled in 48 categories related to
Amelia Island Concours Foundation, Inc. presented $7,500
To the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Randi Payton, President and Publisher of Decisive Media, was
presented the Minority Media Leadership Award June 16 for his
pioneering efforts in publishing by the Florida Minority Community
Wheels TV's Previously Owned Vehicle of
'06 to '09 Ford Fusions.
The award is presented annually to one generation of a pre-owned
vehicle. A juried panel composed of members of the New England Motor
Press Association and Wheels TV's writers and analysts make the
final selection. The Fusion was selected from seven category
CAR Management Briefing Sessions, Traverse City MI August 1-4
"Prosperity Amid Uncertainty" panel discussions:
Sergio Marchionne, CEO, Chrysler Group LLC and CEO,
will lead off the automotive session on Wednesday, August 3.
Mark Reuss, GM Vice President and President North America, General
Motors, will lead on Thursday, August 4
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GAAMA, Luncheon, Atlanta, GM
APA Luncheon, Detroit, A.C., JD Powers
APA Luncheon, Detroit, A.C., NTSB
SAMA Luncheon, Mazda, site and date to be determined
Oversteering Committee: "Boys of Bonneville" film showing
NEMPA Ragtop Ramble, Crustacean Crawl, Boston, MA
IMPA Test Days
MAMA Fall Rally, Manufacturer's Dinner, Hoffman Estates,
MAMA Fall Rally, Hoffman Estates, IL
MPG Track Days, Fontana, CA
APA/NADA Luncheon, MGM Grand Hotel, Detroit, MI
TAWA Truck Rodeo, San Antonio, TX
Los Angeles Auto Show Press Club Days, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Auto Show Public Days, Los Angeles, CA
North American International Auto Show Press Preview,
International Auto Show Industry Preview, Detroit,
North American International Auto Show Charity Preview,
North American International Auto Show Public Show,
Washington Auto Show Public Policy Days, Capitol Hill and
Chicago Auto Show Media Preview, Chicago, IL
Chicago Auto Show Public Days, Chicago, IL
IMPA has switched its Test Days from Pocono Raceway to the
Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, New York. The new location
offers easy access to on-road, off-road and on-track driving
from the same clubhouse and an upgrade in amenities and
services. The dates are September 21-22.
NEMPA'S 2011 Yankee Cup Technology Award went to Volvo for the
technology package available on its 2011 S60 and many other
models. Volvos so equipped are able to stop themselves before a
collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian can occur.
The awards utilized advisors from the MIT faculty in evaluating
the technical elegance and worth of its choices. The jurors
noted, "Volvo's Technology Package may be the single most
cost-effective option available on a car today. Its purchase
price will likely be earned back in avoiding even a minor
fender-bender, while its potential for saving lives is
Greater New York City - The
Oversteering Committee was founded in
January of this year by "a team of automotive marketing and
public relations executives It comprises an invitation-only
membership of automotive, financial, technology and lifestyle
journalists, racing enthusiasts, key influencers and social
AW.com classifies the organization as regional so
far as its organizers appear to be from the New York City area
and the first event we were invited to is being held in
Washington D.C. "A panel of super stars from across the industry
will "discuss how policy can deliver progress" during a "Capitol
Hill Summit" January 25, the first of two public policy days
prior to the public opening of the Washington Auto Show, Jan.
The second Public Policy Day will be at the show site and
in addition to press events, will have government keynotes.
MPG: will step out for its July luncheon meeting. Mazda will
host a less formal gathering with a go-kart driving theme. Date,
time and venue are still being finalized.
motoring press organizations
The 17 regional automotive press associations provide
information and background not easily found elsewhere. If they are too distant for you to attend their meetings,
belonging usually gives you access to transcripts or reports of
these events and other benefits.
Automotive Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association, Inc. -
Norma "Dusty" Brandel, President, Executive Director,
Automotive Press Association, Detroit -
Joann Muller, President,
American Racing Press Association- Stan Clinton, President,
International Motor Press Association, NYC, Mike Spinelli, President -
Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association
Midwest Automotive Media
Association, Chicago , IL-
Motor Press Guild, Los Angeles -
New England Motor
Press Association, Boston, MA -
Automotive Press Association, Portland, OR, Jeff Zurschmeide,
Phoenix Automotive Press
Association, Phoenix, Cathy Droz, President-
Rocky Mountain Automotive Press, Denver -
Southern Automotive Media
Association, Miami FL, Paul Borden, President,
Automotive Media Organization, Charlotte, NC
Texas Auto Writers Association
www.TexasAutoWriters.org, Mike Herzing,
of North America, www.twna.org Tom Kelley, Executive Director,
Western Automotive Journalists,
San Francisco - www.waj.org, Ron Harrison
Washington Automotive Press Association, D.C., Alvin Jones, President www.washautopress.org
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