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Do you think you have what it takes to be an automotive journalist? Running around the country to events like the New York International Auto Show taking pictures and writing about cars seems like a pretty cushy job, doesn't it?
Try doing that with the pressure of impending deadlines, overbearing editors and the constant fight for the best angle on the 2012 Nissan GT-R with an unruly mob of sharp-elbowed writers and photographers. Now imagine that strain on three hours of sleep and a steady diet of bad coffee and worse buffet. Still sound like your cup of tea? Then Nissan has a contest with your name on it.

The makers of the green-as-envy Leaf and the world-beating GT-R are looking for one lucky customer to live the fast-paced automotive journalist lifestyle at this year's New York Auto Show. To enter, post a video of yourself discussing the most innovative feature on your Nissan to the manufacturer's Facebook page by April 12.

The winner will get an expenses-paid trip to New York for the press days at this year's show. That means exclusive in-person looks at the 2012 Nissan GT-R, the Murano CrossCab and Nissan's promised all-new compact car. The contest is open to anyone who thinks they can handle the strain that is automotive journalism. If you can wake up at 6 a.m., stay on your feet until 2 a.m. and still manage to get an automotive honcho to stop dodging your knife-edged questions, the game is yours.

The contest opened April 1, so if you haven't shot your video yet, your behind schedule with a fast-approaching deadline. Pull a winning video together by April 12, and you'll be spending April 19-21 rubbing elbows with the automotive elite and, well... the likes of us. Miss the due date and you'll have to settle for watching the action from your couch. Fire up your camera and get moving, but not before you read all the details in the press release after the break.

[Source: Nissan]
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Video Contest on Nissan Facebook Page Launches for Owners to Win Trip to New York International Auto Show

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA), in conjunction with New York International Auto Show, today announced a U.S. contest to win the chance to be a "reporter" at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Launched on the brand's Facebook page, the contest asks interested owners to create a thirty second video reporting on what's innovative about their own Nissan vehicle.

The winner and a guest will receive travel to New York with media access to US's largest-attended auto show on press days. The winning "reporter" will get up-close with new Nissan vehicles, experience live world car reveals, meet Nissan representatives and report from the show through videos to be shared back with the Facebook community.

"Nissan is committed to engaging our dedicated fans who contribute to our active Facebook community," said Erich Marx, Director Social Media & Interactive Marketing. "We believe the New York International Auto Show is a great venue in which to bring an owner to connect with our brand and Nissan's innovative new vehicles then offer them a chance to report back to the community from their own unique perspective."

Interested applicants can enter their video on the Reporter Contest tab of the Nissan Facebook page found at http://www.facebook.com/nissan. The contest opens April 1, 2011 and submissions will be accepted through 9:00 am EST on Tuesday, April 12th.

At NYIAS, Nissan will host a press conference to unveil an all-new small car and display the new 2012 Nissan GT-R, 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet and offer drives of the all-electric Nissan LEAF among other activities.

The Nissan Auto Show Reporter Contest is open to all residents of the Continental United States, ages 18 and older that are available to travel to the show for media days Tuesday, April 19th – Thursday, April 21st. For full contest details and rules, please click on the Reporter Contest tab on Nissan's Facebook page found at http://www.facebook.com/nissan.

About Nissan in North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com.

About the 2011 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS)
Showcasing the latest automotive trends, the 2011 New York International Auto Show will unveil an extensive collection of the most technologically advanced vehicles on display anywhere in the world. More than four floors of displays, including the new Javits Center North exhibition hall, will house nearly 1,000 stunning new 2011/2012 vehicles as well as sensational futuristic concept cars. NYIAS is owned and produced by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association.

Important Show Dates:
Press Preview: April 20 and April 21
Public Sneak Preview: April 22
Public Show Dates: April 22 - May 1

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      • 4 Years Ago
      The most innovative feature of my 1992 Nissan Maxima? The fact that it still runs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm definitely opinionated enough to be an automotive journalist but what if I don't have a Nissan? Can I discuss the most innovative feature of my '02 Camry?
      • 4 Years Ago
      hahaha no one's entered yet
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can they legally call this "reporting" if all they are going to do it shill for Nissan and Infiniti?

      Don't get me wrong, that sounds like a sweet, sweet gig, but lets not fool ourselves - this is going to be way more of a marketing job than any kind of real reporting.

      My guess is that saying the Murano CrossCab is an abomination would be strictly verboten.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Nissan/Infiniti,

      How thoughtful of you to encourage enthusiasts to apply for this job. However, I must say, you have not catered to me much as an enthusiast. You see, I drive 3+ hours to the Detroit show every year to see the latest and greatest models. However, for the past 3 years, you have not decided to attend (or Inifiniti). The last time I was at a Nissan dealership, no one took me seriously when I was looking at a 370Z (bought a 335i coupe instead - no regrets). The GT-R seems like a nice car, but for the price and tranny issues I'd rather have a pure, 6 speed, unfiltered 911. I hope you find someone to point out innovative features on their new Juke, but for me, I'll be sitting on the sidelines happy that you are one of the few Japanese car makers to offer sporty cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow...That was a really touching letter. I feel like my life is now richer after having read that. There was just so much emotion in it. Like you poured your heart and soul into it. Bet you shed a tear or two as well. Go on...let it out. No one will think less of you. Shhh...Shhh...

        Hahahahahaha! Sorry I couldn't help it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Have they changed the definition of journalist or do they think that automotive journalist means "journalist owned by an automotive manufacturer"?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is while Nissan is selling Titan pickup trucks that have a gas tank design defect resulting in gasoline leaks that it refuses to fix or even acknowledge. The result: if you buy a new Titan you may soon find you have a gas leak that costs about one thousand dollars to fix (the whole tank has to be replaced) and no guarantee that the fix will last more than a few weeks since the original design defect is in the replacement tank. The shame is that this defect could be cured by Nissan shielding the vulnerable part, probably for just a few dollars. But Nissan would rather have its customers pay thousands in repeated gas tank replacements and endure the danger of continued gasoline leaks than take responsibility and spend a few dollars itself. This is the real world as opposed to the fantasy world Nissan is trying to promote at the auto show.