AP Vet Paul Cheung Moves Over to NBC News Digital

He helped pioneer wire service's VR360 initiative

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After seven years with the Associated Press, first as global interactive editor and then director of interactive and digital news production, Paul Cheung this week has begun a new career chapter with NBC News Digital. He started Monday as director of visual journalism.

From the memo to staff circulated by Ashley Parrish, NBC News Digital executive editor for Today and Lifestyle:

This newly created role will help to define the visual tools and vocabulary we use to tell stories across all digital platforms.

At AP, Paul helped pioneer VR360, automation, data journalism strategies and digital training initiatives. He also led a global team of multimedia journalists, data journalists and researchers who produced immersive digital experiences for web, mobile and social.

Paul is a 2016 graduate of the Punch Sulzberger Executive Leadership program at Columbia University. He currently serves on the board of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and as an advisor for Journalism 360, a coalition launched by the Online News Association, Google News Lab and Knight Foundation to help newsrooms experiment with, and advance, the field of immersive storytelling.

In his off time, Paul likes to travel around the world, binge watch Netflix/DVRs, play tennis and reorganize his closets and cabinets.

Please join me in welcoming Paul to the team!

As we have been reporting, NBC News Digital this year is in the midst of a large and ongoing drive to staff up. To that effect, there are some other hires to note as well. Most notably, from a New York media POV, Tim Perone. Previously deputy head of content for the Daily News, he is now NBC News Digital’s daytime senior news editor.

Also joining NBC News Digital recently are former Variety and L.A. Times staffer James Rainey as an enterprise reporter based in Los Angeles and Evening Standard journalist Saphora Smith as a London bureau reporter. Smith started earlier than planned after she volunteered to help cover the recent London attack.

Prior to AP, Cheung worked for the Miami Herald and Wall Street Journal.