Nessa Named Director of Multimedia And Graphics for The Associated Press

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Shazna Nessa, a multimedia producer for magazine publisher Conde Nast, has been named director of multimedia and graphics for The Associated Press.

The appointment was announced Friday by Lou Ferrara, the AP’s managing editor for sports, entertainment and multimedia.

Nessa, who previously worked for the AP from 1999-2007, will run a newly merged department that provides visual and other interactive material to news organizations worldwide for all formats.

For the past year, she has worked at Conde Nast’s Portfolio.com, where she held the title of executive multimedia producer and helped launch the online version of the business magazine. She also launched a video department at Portfolio.com.

Nessa first joined the AP in 1999, producing graphics in the Paris bureau for news from Europe. She moved to New York to produce multimedia presentations a year later. In 2005, she was named the interactive editor of the AP’s award-winning asap service, which targeted young readers and operated for two years.

“The AP is elated that Shazna will be leading our visual departments at a time of great change for our industry,” Ferrara said. “Shazna has a strong track record of making innovation and new products happen.”

Nessa, 31, is a native of London. She is a graduate of the Sorbonne in Paris and previously wrote for Conde Nast’s Concierge.com, where she also shot photographs and produced slideshows.

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