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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.

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