Matt DeRienzo is group editor of Digital First Media's publications in Connecticut, including the New Haven Register, Middletown Press, Register Citizen and Connecticut Magazine. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Reporters take on new beats at New Haven Register September 18, 2014The New Haven Register is shuffling some local reporting beats, and moving into new offices. After a year and a half covering the towns of East Haven and Branford, Evan Lips will move to the New Haven city hall beat. Before joining the Register, Lips was a reporter for our sister daily, The Sun of […]mattderienzo
- John Berry leaving Connecticut to be editor of The Trentonian June 25, 2014After two years as editor of The Register Citizen in Torrington and The Middletown Press, John Berry is leaving Connecticut to become editor of The Trentonian, a larger Digital First Media sister daily newspaper in New Jersey. John recruited a new team of editors and reporters and focused heavily on training and professional development in […]mattderienzo
- Andy Thibault honored with open government award June 19, 2014Andy Thibault, who has worked with The Register Citizen, Middletown Press and New Haven Register over the past two years as a columnist and contributing editor, was honored Wednesday with the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information‘s Stephen A. Collins Award. According to CCFOI President Jim Smith, Thibault was instrumental in ensuring that the clemenc […]mattderienzo
- Digital First’s Connecticut newsrooms honored with SPJ awards May 23, 2014Reporters, photographers and editors at The New Haven Register, The Register Citizen, The Middletown Press and Connecticut Magazine were honored with 66 awards Thursday night at the annual Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists awards banquet. Recognition ranged from photo, video and interactive graphics to investigative and in-depth reporting, feat […]mattderienzo
- Kristin Stoller joins New Haven Register reporting staff May 19, 2014Kristin Stoller, a recent graduate of Penn State, has joined the staff of the New Haven Register as a breaking news reporter. Stoller most recently served as managing editor of The Daily Collegian at Penn State, previously working as metro editor, police/fire/courts reporter, municipal government reporter and Greeks reporter. She was a New Haven Register […] […]mattderienzo
- Angela Carter rejoins New Haven Register staff April 17, 2014Angela Carter is rejoining the staff of the New Haven Register as a senior web producer with its statewide Breaking News Team. Angi has worked for the past two years as a curator and features producer for “Thunderdome,” a Digital First Media national news operation that provided content to the company’s 75 daily newspaper websites. […]mattderienzo
- Wes Duplantier joins New Haven Register breaking news team April 11, 2014Wes Duplantier has joined the staff of the New Haven Register as assistant breaking news editor. He will help coordinate and write morning-shift coverage for our statewide breaking news team. Duplantier had worked as a breaking news reporter for the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport and Hearst’s dailies in Danbury, Greenwich and Stamford since September. Previo […]mattderienzo
- New Haven Register wins Best Sports Section, Writing awards April 8, 2014The New Haven Register has won first place in the Local Media Association’s annual journalism contest for both Best Sports Section and Best Sports Writing. Under the leadership of Sports Editor Sean Barker, the Register’s sports staff last year distinguished itself in coverage of the University of Connecticut women’s run to a national championship and […] […]mattderienzo
- Mark Brackenbury named Editor of the Year by Local Media Association April 8, 2014New Haven Register Managing Editor Mark Brackenbury has been named Editor of the Year by the Local Media Association, an organization representing hundreds of newspapers across the United States and Canada. Brackenbury was recognized for his distinguished career in Connecticut journalism as well as a remarkable recent tenure of leadership in which he guided […]mattderienzo
- Sean Carlin joins New Haven Register reporting staff April 7, 2014Sean Carlin has joined the New Haven Register’s reporting staff. Carlin graduated from Temple University in Fall 2013 with a double major in journalism and political science. At Temple, he worked as a reporter and news editor for The Temple News student newspaper. He has also worked as a city desk intern at both the […]mattderienzo
- Reporters take on new beats at New Haven Register September 18, 2014
One gentleman got up and addressed his words directly to me in Spanish. “When three Hispanic teenagers walk together in a group, they are automatically thought of as a gang, as gang members, and they are treated that way by police,” the translator said. “When other kids get together in a group, they are viewed just as friends getting together. Do you get the distinction? Do you see it?”
I learned some things about my newspaper tonight, and just how far we must go before we can call ourselves the “voice of our community.”
For the most part, we represent our (as in, hey, we’re “professional journalists” and we buy a lot of ink and newsprint, and we have this Web site, too) voice, and the voice of those who hold places of power within the community, or know how to get the attention of and their way with those in power.
I sat on a panel tonight next to some school board members, the high school and middle school principals, the police chief and a bunch of cops, in front of about 100 parents gathered to confront the issue of racism and discrimination against Hispanic students.
The executive editor of a larger, competing, out-of-town daily newspaper got up and displayed a file folder (thin, I might add, but more than we have done, and beside the point) full of positive articles that had run about Latino residents, students and businesses, saying that the newspaper is a mirror that must reflect both the good and bad.
“Why does a rumor about Latino gangs get banner front page headlines when the fear, the discrimination, the racism that your children faced every day before that never made the newspaper?” I asked. “It is because we do not know. We, with our limited experiences, cannot represent your voice.”
This is where the translator started adding commentary to everything I said, chiming in that she liked what I was saying (when I said we didn’t have a clue).
Torrington’s police chief had earlier said that communication is the key to getting past these problems.
Well, communication is our business, “So I think that we can be a part of the solution,” I said.
I offered to partner with the Hispanic community “on their terms,” saying that hey, we do have a pretty popular Web site, and we do buy a lot of ink and newsprint. And we have some expertise that we could lend in helping the community set up their own communication vehicles. We don’t want to control the information and (pretend to) be the voice. We want to help your voice be heard.
And (as my translator chimed in again), it seemed to me, if communication within their own cultural group in the community was important, but having their voice heard to the community at-large was also key, it seemed to me that something in both Spanish and English was necessary.
I’m excited about what happens next.