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AP Adds Director of Interactive and Digital News Production

PaulCheungHeadshotDuring the recent annual convention of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the group shared a fun photo of president Paul Cheung with keynote speaker Ann Curry. A caption-contest opportunity if there ever was one.

The well-liked Cheung has been making his presence known at the AAJA and now has a new title at Associated Press to go along with those duties. He has been named director of interactive and digital news production. From today’s announcement by AP vice president and managing editor Lou Ferrara:

As part of this move, Jaime Holguin, who as the news development manager at the Nerve Center has played a pivotal role in the execution of many of these [digital] products, will report into Paul and the new department. Jaime, as he has been, will work with the business operations on products and be the point person between the rebooted, news-focused Nerve Center and the new department.

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AP Names First Social Media, User Generated Content Editor

The Associated Press has named Fergus Bell its international social media and UGC (user generated content) editor, a new position at the company. Bell has been with the AP since 2006, most recently serving as senior producer, with a focus on social media.

“Fergus Bell has put the AP front and center in our efforts to secure the copyright and forensically verify user-generated content (UGC), which has become a focal newsgathering resource for the AP and took on a sharpened urgency as the Arab Spring swept the region last year and into this one,” said Tamer Fakahany, the AP’s deputy managing editor, in a memo.

Bell will remain stationed in London and work closely with the AP’s social media editor, Eric Carvin, who is stationed in New York.

“I’m really excited to take on this new role and continue working to find new ways of telling stories through user-generated content, whether it be from difficult places we can’t get to or allowing us to always find that one person who was in the right place at just the right time,” said Bell, in a statement.

The AP Appoints Social Media Editor

The Associated Press has named Eric Carvin its Social Media Editor. Carvin was most recently a News Producer for the AP’s Nerve Center, its main editorial desk.

At his new position, Carvin will be tasked with ensuring that social media is integrated even more than it already is into the AP’s news coverage.

“No one can underestimate the power of social media in our global reportage, nor its potential pitfalls,” Tamer Fakahany, Deputy Managing Editor at Nerve Center, said. “That is why we wanted a social media editor who was a serious and respected journalist in his own right in addition to providing leadership on the social nets.”

AP Names Top Editors To Run New News Center

AP logo2.pngThe Associated Press has appointed two editors to top positions at its new News Center.

Yesterday, the news service announced that the AP’s Middle East editor Sally Buzbee has been promoted to deputy managing editor for the AP News Center, while Tamer Fakahany, managing editor of news production for AP Television News, will now serve as assistant managing editor.

The News Center will be a news hub based in New York that “will work closely with AP’s regional and department leaders to deliver the most comprehensive, competitive coverage in all formats of the day’s top stories,” the AP reported. Buzbee’s responsibilities will be to build and run the Center, while Fakahany will work evening hours to coincide with reporters in Asia, the Middle East and Europe starting their days. Explained the AP:

“While there has always been supervision of AP’s news coverage from headquarters, the News Center is a new concept intended to help support field leaders who are directing coverage. It also will be a place to experiment with new kinds of storytelling and fresh ways to engage readers and viewers.”

Buzbee joined the AP in 1988 and worked in Topeka, Kan., San Diego and Washington, D.C. before moving to Egypt to cover the Middle East in 2004. Fakahany has worked for the news service for 11 years, covering conflicts in Bosnia and the Middle East, the 2002 World Cup in Seoul, the 2004 Athens Olympics and several U.S. presidential elections.

Buzbee’s appointment in New York is effective immediately, while Fakahany will be joining her in the coming weeks.

Read more: Buzbee, Fakahany named to key AP management roles –Associated Press

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