How to be a motoring journalist
From someone who isn't, so this should be an interesting read...
1. Actually be interested in cars
This is essential. If you aren't actually that interested in cars and are choosing this is as a quick pay-check, then pick another career route because very quickly you'll get found out and look like a bit of an idiot. You don't have to know everything about cars because let's face it, nobody knows everything. However that does lead us into my next point...
2. Know stuff about cars
I did just say that you don't have to know everything and that's true, you don't. Imagine trying to remember every race ever held, every car ever built alongside all of the specifications whilst keeping up with all of the latest motoring news from across the globe. It would be impossible. But you should know something about cars, enough to let your potential employers know that you have a genuine passion for cars.
3. Find your niche
What area of motoring are particularly interested in? Pick that. Whatever area of cars or motoring in general that fascinates you the most, use that as a starting point. Chances are that your interest will be far clearer and obvious if you were to write an article about a specific area of interest. Motoring is a very broad area, simply saying you're interested in cars isn't enough and writing an article (or making a video) about cars in general won't pass muster. You will need to go more specific, that will also make the writing or the filming or the whatever easier and hopefully, more enjoyable. Nobody knows everything about cars, so make something about an area that you know like the back of your own hand.
4. Constantly create
Do you have something to say about the Aston Martin DB11? Well, write an article about it or make a video. Keep your interest for motoring going by making stuff whenever you can. This doesn't have to just be limited to articles. Motoring journalism isn't simply limited to writing, you can make videos too. You will be able to hone your craft and work out what you're best at and what you should work on. The way anyone gets better at anything is by practicing, so make stuff whenever you can to be as close as possible to perfect.
5. Sometimes, be a bit of a pedant
If there is a project that you're especially keen on, take your time. You can make other stuff on the side but if there's something very particular you want to make, go over every little detail. Check for typos, sepllling misakes and any other kind of error. If it's a video you've made, check for any audio or continuity errors. When filming, be aware of where the sun is. If it moves, that'll create a continuity error and whatever you've filmed will need to be reshot. So, perhaps consider buying some equipment to aid you whenever you film. Whatever it is you're producing, be a bit pedantic. Don't fuss over little details for days and days, but make the content as professional as possible, even if very few people end up seeing it.
Thanks for reading, congratulations if you've made it this far.