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AP names McCrudden new head of digital and visual journalism

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press named Derl McCrudden as deputy managing editor for digital and visual journalism on Friday, a new position at the global news cooperative.

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AP Deputy Managing Editor for Digital and Visual Journalism Derl McCrudden. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The appointment was announced by Sally Buzbee, AP's senior vice president and executive editor. In his new role, McCrudden will report to Buzbee and oversee how AP tells stories in photos, video, online and on social media. He will also lead a major effort in 2018 to expand AP's ability to produce and publish video news at its regional editing centers around the world.

"Derl is one of AP's most capable leaders, with a long history of excellence in reporting the news and guiding our newsroom through the changes needed to ensure we're always at our best," Buzbee said. "I'm thrilled he's accepted this new challenge."

McCrudden, previously AP' head of international television news, will continue to be based in London, AP's international video production center and home of its all-formats regional publishing desk for Europe. He will also travel frequently to AP's global headquarters in New York and its U.S. video production center in Washington.

The appointment is part of AP's ongoing effort to shift to a new leadership structure, in which all its news leaders at its bureaus around the world, its regional publishing centers and its New York headquarters are responsible for AP's news report in all media formats.

In his new role, McCrudden will immediately focus on expanding the ability of those news leaders to direct video newsgathering in the field and the ability of its regional desks to produce and publish that journalism to AP's global broadcast and digital video customers.

"I'm delighted to be taking a role that will allow me to work closely with so many of the best news people in the world," McCrudden said. "Our photos report is competitive and creative, while our eyewitness video report is a market leader. We're tackling change head on to keep us in the top spot, and to embrace new opportunities in the digital space."

McCrudden, 47, joined AP in 2010. He was named AP's head of international video news in July 2014, a role in which he held responsibility for all international video output, including AP's live video services. Prior to AP, he worked in broadcast news for 18 years at various organizations including ITN and Al Jazeera English.

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