High-flyers needed for Virgin record attempt

Budding journalists are being offered the chance to write the online coverage for Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic’s Global Flyer team in their around the world aviation record bid.

The website, Conchango, and the Virgin team are looking for two reporters and a photographer to report on the record attempt live from Mission Control in Kansas, US.

To qualify for the all-expenses-paid trip reporters will need to describe, in 500 words, why they think they should win and what topic they would cover in their 72 hours of reporting the event.

Photographers need to e-mail a digital image that sums up what they would bring to the project along with details of their background and reasons why they want to take part.

Graduates, final-year journalism students, and people looking for a career change into journalism are all welcome to apply.

The Virgin Atlantic Globa lFlyer aircraft, piloted by Steve Fossett, aims to fly around the world without stopping in 65 hours.

Conchango is responsible for publicising the event through the website www.globalflyer.com, which is powered by Conchango’s partner, Tridion.

Su Kent, marketing manager at Tridion, said: “We are looking for someone who is quick, creative and can come up with innovative ideas to populate the website. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to work alongside some excellent journalists and create high-quality copy.”

Anyone interested will need to be able to offer a few hours a week up until the attempt, and be available to travel from the UK or New York City on 1 or 2 January 2005 and return to the UK or NYC on 8 or 9 January. Applications should be made to WebTeam@virginatlanticglobalflyer.com with names, ages and addresses.

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