Jalopticons swell in rank

Our good friends over at Jalopnik have recently expanded their virtual office to include a couple new cubicles for bloggers Eric Tingwall and Laura Burstein. Laura joins the team as an established blogger and car nut having written for CNET.com and Forbes Auto. Ray Wert, who she’ll likely surpass as the best dressed blogger of the bunch, found her on Facebook.com. Ray trolling Facebook for new recruits is a little creepy, but you can’t argue with the results.

Eric’s path to Jalopnik, meanwhile, is the kind of rags to blogging story we love. He’s a student at Michigan State University majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Journalism who won a writing contest sponsored by Inside Line, the prize for which was a trip to the Frankfurt Motor Show. That’s where he met the Jalopnik crew, and Ray ultimately wined and dined him with a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. Earlier this year he was just a schlub with a dream, now he’s an underpaid and overworked blogger. Dreams can come true, people.

You may be surprised (or not) to learn that most bloggers on the Autoblog team are not professional journalists, either. We like it that way, because the passion of an enthusiast usually stays lit far longer than that of a veteran journalist. We’re always looking for more bloggers to join the Autobot, errr… Autoblog team, so if you’ve got passion, know the difference between ‘its’ and ‘it’s’, and have a sharp wit to match those good looks, follow the jump to learn how to submit yourself for consideration.

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