Eric Carvin is the social media editor at The Associated Press, where he directs social strategy throughout AP’s global news operations. He oversees the use of social media to uncover breaking news, gather user-generated content, connect with readers and share AP content. He guides AP’s 2,000 journalists as they use social in the pursuit of news. And he leads AP's efforts to use social platforms to uncover and debunk false information.
Carvin, a 17-year AP veteran, has extensive experience with innovative and interactive storytelling. He ran Meltdown 101, an award-winning series that unraveled complex aspects of the economic crisis, as well as Ask AP, a column in which AP journalists answered readers’ questions about the news. He was the news editor of asap, an AP service that pursued innovative and multimedia approaches to news, and he edited “Far and Wide,” AP’s first news blog. He has played a number of other roles during his AP career, at times coordinating the AP report as a whole, at others editing national news copy or analyzing exit poll results.
In addition to his work at AP, Carvin serves on the Online News Association's Board of Directors, where he founded and chairs the News Ethics Committee. He co-founded an ONA working group that's looking for common ground in the news industry on ethical issues related to social newsgathering.
Away from work, Carvin enjoys looking for berries in Central Park.
Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.