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AP Promotes Amanda Barrett to New York City News Editor

Amanda Barrett has been named the Associated Press New York City news editor.  Barrett joined the AP in 2007 as content coordinator for multimedia.

The appointment was announced today by senior managing editor Mike Oreskes.

“Amanda is a leader and a fine example of a new generation of journalists born and raised online, in real time, across multiple mediums,” Oreskes said. “Those skills will be vital in her new role as head of one of our busiest and most watched news centers.”

Barrett was appointed deputy east editor in 2008, involved in establishing the AP’s new regional desk in Philadelphia.

Prior to joining the AP, Barrett served as the editor of, the website for amNewYork, Newsday’s free daily paper in New York City. Barrett was previously editor of

A Virginia native, Barrett graduated from Queens College.

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How the AP Scored Its Stranded Carnival Cruise Shots

When the Carnival Splendor cruise ship and its 4,500 passengers became stranded off the Mexican coast last week after a major fire, it became huge news around the world. Especially, oddly, that the passengers were served SPAM to eat. But way before all that SPAM talk, AP photographer Greg Bull was first to the scene, capturing both photos and videos of the smoking ship. No small task. How did he do it? This staff memo from AP Senior Managing Editor Mike Oreskes explains:


The story was literally out of reach. An engine fire had left the cruise ship Carnival Splendor and its 4,500 passengers and crew marooned at sea. There was no e-mail or cell phone contact, and even when San Diego photographer Greg Bull managed to get within range, it was a challenge to get his material out.

His persistence and ingenuity produced exclusive video, a beat on still photos and the Beat of the Week.

When Bull heard that the aircraft carrier USS Reagan would be airlifting aid as the stricken liner was towed to San Diego, he headed to the base and tried to talk his way on board.

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