Sunderland graduate lands Auto Express job

Sunderland University Graduate Jonathan Burn, who has landed his prize job at Auto Express.
Sunderland University Graduate Jonathan Burn, who has landed his prize job at Auto Express.
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A SUNDERLAND university graduate is geared up for success after landing his dream job at one of the UK’s top motoring magazines.

Magazine journalism student Jonathan Burn landed his job after he impressed Auto Express magazine with his final project magazine, Ignition.

His magazine was a one-off special designed, edited and written by himself. Alongside his final project, Jonathan also ran a website to sit alongside the content that was in print.

The 21-year-old who has had a lifelong interest in cars saw the job advertised on Twitter and within weeks had moved down to London to start his job as a staff writer for the magazine.

Jonathan, from Newcastle, was back in the North East to graduate at the University of Sunderland graduation ceremonies at the Stadium of Light.

He said: “I saw there was a staff writer vacancy at Auto Express via Twitter and instantly applied online because it was my dream job. I received a phone call straight away inviting me to London and three weeks later I was living in London starting my dream job. It’s still not sunk in yet.

“My dissertation was a car magazine, aimed at the younger professional where I thought there was a gap in the market. The concept was fairly similar to most cars magazines you can buy from the shops but the content and style of writing was far more opinionated to give it that edge over all the other stuff you can pick up and read, something I thought was missing from the market.”

Auto Express is one of the biggest selling car magazines in the UK and is a weekly magazine produced by Dennis Publishing House.

Jonathan added: “The magazine I created at Sunderland played a significant part in me getting the job, alongside the website that went with it. Both of them demonstrated that I was prepared to go that little bit further and produce something that wasn’t necessarily required of me. I could not have done this without the support the University and the experiences I had.”