ATLANTA (AP) _ Cynthia Tucker, editorial associate and columnist for The Atlanta Journal since 1982, has been named associate editor of The Atlanta Constitution.

James G. Minter, editor of The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution, also announced that Bill Shipp, The Constitution's associate editor, will become the Perspective editor, responsible for the Sunday edition's section of opinion and analysis. Shipp will continue to write three times a week on The Constitution op-ed page, Minter said.

Ms. Tucker's new duties were not spelled out in the announcement in Sunday's combined editions.

The changes will take effect Jan. 13.

Ms. Tucker, a 1976 Auburn University graduate, was a Journal reporter from 1976 to 1980, when she took a reporting job with The Philadelphia Inquirer. She returned to The Journal as editorial associate in 1982, and received an award for excellence in editorial writing in 1984 from the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists.

Shipp has served as invesitigative reporter, political editor, state news editor and executive city editor since joining The Atlanta Constitution in 1956.

The newspaper also announced that Dave Osier, Weekend editor for the combined newspapers, has been named assistant managing editor for special projects.