CarNewsCafe Podcast 41 – The State of Auto Journalism

We’re back!  That’s right, the CarNewsCafe Podcast is back in action and better than ever.  We have a faster production timeline now as we are using a new system of recording our podcasts.  (Ok, this basically means using Google Hangouts on Air.)

The topic this week is not car news but The State of Auto Journalism.  One of the most common questions we get asked is “How to do I become an Auto Journalist?” While we are happy to help people with advice about getting started writing in the auto industry we have found that a lot of people are naive.  Guys, and some gals, expect that they can make a career switch into auto journalism and earn a good living.  Hey, isn’t everyone on the internet a millionaire?

Unfortunately not.. and.. earning a good living is a rarity if you’ve been follow publishing trends the last few years.  Downward pressure from the internet has put traditional auto magazines and publications on the defensive.  While the internet is great, is a car news magazine online, it has its drawbacks from a revenue and monetization standpoint.

Adam Yamada-Hanff, Nicolas Zart, and Aaron Turpen tell you the real state of auto journalism from auto writers (us!) that have been on the front lines for years.  Listen to this week’s show to find out what we have to say.

We have made a video you can watch in addition to an audio MP3 for you to listen to or download for your convenience.  Let us know how you like our new podcasting format.

The State of Auto Journalism

Articles discussed in today’s podcast episode;

*Toyota Free Piston Engine – A well written and researched article.

*Most Expensive and Cheapest Gas Prices around the World – Worth the time?  Most publications like in-depth articles but only when you can get it out fast.  These articles typically don’t have SEO or social media benefits.

*Chrome Underground Review – It’s fun getting advanced copies of TV shows, but disclose what you got and how from automakers, TV shows, or anyone.

If you have question or comments about the auto journalism business please let us know in the comments below.  We will do our best to come back and answer them when we can.


If you enjoyed this week’s podcast listen to CarNewsCafe Podcast 40.  Also subscribe to the CarNewsCafe Podcast via iTunes or Stitcher Radio.  You can also add our Podcast RSS Feed to your favorite RSS Reader to catch new episodes.

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Nicolas Zart – @ElectricExaminr

Aaron Turpen – @MacAaron

Interested in learning to be an auto journalist?  Visit MotorWriters to see what we have planned and email Adam to be put on the email list when we launch.  

Adam Yamada-Hanff
Adam has always loved cars and anything with wheels. When he is not writing about interesting stories you might find him jamming on his saxophone, watching movies, creating art, or playing with his two dogs.