USA Today Taps Managing Editor for News

Ron Smith starts Sept. 19.

RonSmithHeadshotJournal-isms editor Richard Prince has the scoop on a choice position at USA Today and the person who will be filling it starting Sept. 19. The paper’s new managing editor for news is Ron Smith (pictured), who also serves as deputy managing editor for news and production at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, whose acquisition by Gannett was finalized earlier this year.

From Prince’s item:

“In his role at USA Today, Ron will be responsible for overseeing our coverage as it translates from digital to print, working with both the Page One desk and all teams across the newsroom to make this happen,” Patty Michalski, managing editor for digital and interim editor in chief, wrote in a staff memo.

“Some of you are already familiar with Ron. He visited USA Today several times over the past few months on behalf of the Journal Sentinel, learning about the network and our workflow for his work overseeing the breaking news and production teams for Milwaukee. But many of you also got to know Ron when he was here in July helping with Page One for a week after Andria Yu’s departure. In that one week, he was hands-on, working with stories and aspects of production.”

According to AAM figures for the second quarter of 2016, USA Today’s print circulation is 3.7 million. On the digital side, comScore numbers for June place the traffic for USA Today sites at 88.3 million unique visitors and those of USA Today Network sites at 107.4 million uniques.

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