Gulf Disaster Fading? Not according to the AP — Memo reveals appointments to “three new positions covering the spill and its aftermath”

Oil Spill Over? Not for the AP, With Three New Appointments, Editor and Publisher, August 30, 2010:

[T]o follow the fallout from the largest such disaster in U.S. history… [t]he AP has appointed Harry Weber, Brian Skoloff and Pat Semansky to three new positions covering the spill and its aftermath. According to a staff memo sent Monday…

[1] Gulf spill impact reporter, focusing on the effect of the spill on the unique culture and economy of the Gulf coast and the disruption of energy sources, tourism and fishing in the area. … [2] Gulf oil industry reporter, concentrating on the… long-term implications for BP and the energy industry. … [3] Gulf spill photographer, chronicling the communities and landscapes affected by the disaster. …

“The AP news leadership has recognized since the magnitude of the oil spill became clear that we would be covering the gusher, the recovery and the long-term impact for a long time to come,” Paul Colford, the AP’s director of media relations, said in a statement. “These latest appointments reflect AP’s deep commitment to the oil spill story throughout the Gulf region.”

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