Ron Southwick has been named assistant managing editor of the Reading Eagle and will lead the digital direction of the newspaper. He has been the news editor since joining the Eagle in 2013.In his new role, Southwick will direct all the digital planning and delivery of news and information, including readingeagle.com.
"We've continued to strengthen our print publications, including adding Berks Country and Business Weekly sections during the last five years," said Harry J. Deitz Jr., editor and associate publisher. "We want our website to dominate online delivery for this region."
Southwick joined the Eagle after working as an assignment editor at The Patriot-News and PennLive, Harrisburg.
"Ron's background and experience make him a perfect fit to lead our online operation," Deitz said. "He will continue to work closely with Managing Editor Dave Mowery and other strong editors to produce the award-winning investigative and daily journalism that our readers expect to receive on various delivery platforms. We have no intention to scale back our print products, which continue to be very popular with readers in Berks and surrounding counties. Under Ron's leadership, we will be making more of an effort to reach new readers through the digital devices that have become so much a part of people's lives."
Southwick will continue to direct the Eagle's political coverage, including the popular "The Briefing" page, which is published every Monday.
The newsroom already has increased its online offerings of breaking news, videos and slideshows. Breaking news and news regarding events and public safety continue to be available online for free. An online subscription is required to read special features, columns and investigative work.
Southwick joined the Patriot-News as an assistant city editor in 2002. Previously he worked at The Chronicle of Higher Education, a magazine in Washington, and at daily newspapers in New Jersey. He is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois.