The Associated Press has expanded its commitment to social media and user-generated content as global newsgathering resources, promoting Fergus Bell to the newly created position of social media and UGC editor -- international.

With his international focus, Bell will remain based in London and report to Tamer Fakahany, AP deputy managing editor and head of the news agency’s Nerve Center and AP television head of output Beth Colson while also working closely with overall social media editor Eric Carvin in New York.

Bell joined AP six years ago as a news assistant on the television news desk in London and worked his way up to senior producer. Since April 2011 he has focused on social media newsgathering, big set events, training and strategy. Besides the Arab Spring, he has used social media to aid the AP’s newsgathering operations and source UGC for the shootings in Norway and the Japanese earthquake.

Bell recently was named a winner of AP's highest staff honor, a $10,000 Oliver S. Gramling Achievement Award, for his pioneering work in the area of UGC.