John Mancini named AP assistant managing editor

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Posted: May 09, 2011 1:31 PM
John Mancini named AP assistant managing editor

John Mancini, a former editor of Newsday, has been named assistant managing editor overseeing overnight operations at the AP's Nerve Center in New York.

Mancini will coordinate late-breaking coverage from North and South America, daytime content for Asia and early coverage for the Middle East and Europe, in addition to focusing on U.S. East Coast drive-time coverage.

The appointment was announced Monday by Lou Ferrara, the AP managing editor who oversees the Nerve Center.

At Newsday, the large New York newspaper, Mancini served as editor for six years, where he directed a large staff including a team of foreign correspondents.

He was previously an assistant managing editor at Newsday and also served as the New York Post metro editor.

He also brings broadcast and online experience to the position.

"We're elated to have John joining the AP," Ferrara said. "John rounds out a strong team focused on providing comprehensive coverage, information and communication about the top stories of the world to AP's customers."

One of Mancini's first assignments will include developing better communications with customers for U.S. morning drive-time traffic and audiences, Ferrara said. Many U.S. outlets, particularly broadcasters, have moved up their drive-time efforts to begin at 4 a.m.

"Globalization, combined with a constantly shifting media landscape, makes it essential that we coordinate with our international editors to deliver not only the news, but the planning information our customers need to succeed and provide for their audiences," Ferrara said.

While there has always been supervision of AP's news coverage from headquarters in New York City, the 25-member Nerve Center was formed last year to coordinate the work of field leaders who direct coverage in their areas.

It is also used as a site to experiment with new kinds of storytelling. It works closely with AP customers and uses social networks to discover fresh ways to engage readers and viewers.