BBC News appoints its first social media editor – to manage user generated content within BBC newswire

BBC News has appointed Alex Gubbay as its first Social Media Editor. Gubbay will take on this new role in January, leading editorial development of user-generated content and social media initiatives across the Newsroom. He will coordinate the work of correspondents and reporters using social media tools, ensuring best practice is developed and shared within BBC Journalism. He will manage the existing User Generated Content hub within BBC Newswire, coordinating high-quality UGC newsgathering and effective comment and debate on all of the Newsroom platforms. The hub is a central part of BBC News – generating newsmaking material on stories including the Iran protests, violence in western China, and many UK consumer and social affairs issues. Part of the role will be to help develop new ways for audiences to have their say on stories being covered by BBC News, and to ensure technology is developed to support the social media and UGC operations across BBC Journalism


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