Ben Fisher has joined the Diocese of Tyler as managing editor of the Catholic East Texas and assistant director of communications, Peyton Low, director of communications, has announced.
As managing editor, Fisher will oversee the day-to-day management of the Catholic East Texas including content, layout, publication and circulation. He will also assist the communications office in other areas, especially content creation.
“In searching for a managing editor, my desire was to find someone with the creative and technical skills needed to continue to develop the CET into a meaningful Catholic publication,” said Low. “Of equal importance was selecting a managing editor who enthusiastically shares Bishop (Joseph) Strickland’s commitment to the New Evangelization.”
Low continued, “We received over 25 applications from across the country, but it was clear that Ben met and exceeded our criteria for what we wanted in the new position. As a respected catechist, successful business owner and marketing expert, Ben’s experience will allow him to play a key role in not just the CET, but in our entire communications and evangelization strategy for the diocese.”
Fisher’s immediate task is preparing the Catholic East Texas to transition to a magazine format after 28 years in newsprint.
The transition, which will happen in September, requires a complete overhaul of the way content is developed for the CET.
“Bishop Strickland has given me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop this new publication,” said Fisher. “It will be a great deal of work, but I am confident that we can deliver a professional, evangelical and deeply Catholic publication that the diocese will be proud of.”
The new publication will be rich in feature stories and evangelical content packaged in an attractive image-driven format.
Fisher joins the CET as the third staff member. Low serves as editor-in-chief and veteran staffer Sue DeMatteo will continue her reporting duties while also serving as assistant editor.