AP Shuffles Photo Editor Jobs

By: Daryl Lang/PDN Online

The Associated Press is restructuring its photo editing staff, adding new positions for sports and entertainment coverage while axing four regional editing jobs.

The four regional photo editors whose positions are being eliminated are Melissa Einberg in Boston, Dave Martin in Atlanta, Cliff Schiappa in Kansas City and Tom Stathis in Los Angeles.

At the same time, the AP is creating four new positions: National sports photo editor, national entertainment photo editor, international entertainment photo editor and assistant national photo editor.

The new arrangement will organize editors by subject area rather than geography, says AP Director of Photography Santiago Lyon.

Lyon confirmed the names of the four regional editors whose jobs are being cut. It has not been determined if any of them will be moved to the new positions, Lyon says.

The AP’s newly hired national photo editor, Victor Vaughan, starts April 2. Vaughn comes from the The Arizona Daily Star, where he was assistant managing editor for presentation.

The AP faces increasing competition in the market for editorial photography. Rival Getty Images announced last month that it is acquiring MediaVast, owner of sports and entertainment service WireImage, in a move to beef up its editorial coverage.

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