Position: Mobile Applications and Digital Products Producer
Location: New York
Started at AP: 2011
Originally from: Princeton, W.Va.
Before joining AP, Kellen Henry worked as an online desk assistant at PBS NewsHour and then as a Web producer for Bloomberg Government, a website covering government regulation of industries, ranging from transportation to telecom. Henry graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from West Virginia University and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, where she reported on the energy industry and environmental issues.
Henry works in the Nerve Center, the AP's news hub which provides 24/7 all-format news coordination around the world and oversees social media and digital platforms. Specifically, she works on AP's mobile app, working with editorial staff to coordinate content, and with product staff to enhance the application.
What is it like to work in an emerging part of the organization?
I was the first person to be in this role at the AP and it's been fantastic. AP is really excited to have this customer-facing platform. It's one of the first we’ve had and people are enthusiastic about being a part of the process of packaging their content. My colleagues have been really receptive and excited to work on the platform. Digital is not an afterthought here like it is elsewhere.
What work are you most proud of?
I'm particularly proud of the work we did around Hurricane Sandy. We can plan all year for an election, but we were able to show, even in a situation like a natural disaster, how quickly we can get the news out. From interactives and photos to video and text, a strong content set showcased our strengths in a breaking news situation. With a lot of fake information being circulated, people really wanted the truth and they wanted it fast. We were able to capitalize on our reputation of speed and accuracy and proved that we could live up to it during the storm.
What do you like about working at AP?
Working with people from all over the world has been one of my favorite parts of the job. AP is very collaborative and people are excited to work together to create new digital products. People are welcoming and happy to share information and knowledge here. I feel like I’m always learning new things. People take a lot of pride in their craft at AP.
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