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About mattderienzo

Matt DeRienzo has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter, editor, publisher and corporate editorial director and has been recognized nationally for leading newsroom innovation. Most recently, he served as group editor of Digital First Media's publications in Connecticut, including the New Haven Register, Middletown Press, Register Citizen and Connecticut Magazine, and Northeast regional editor for Digital First Media. Previously, he served as publisher of The Register Citizen, Middletown Press and a group of weeklies in Northwest Connecticut, and before that was corporate director of news for small dailies and non-daily publications for the former Journal Register Company. In early 2011, The Register Citizen was named one of Editor & Publisher magazine's "10 Newspapers That Do It Right," and DeRienzo was named to its annual "25 Under 35" list of leaders in the newspaper industry. In the fall of 2011, The Register Citizen was awarded the Associated Press Managing Editors Innovator of the Year Award in recognition of The Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe, an "open newsroom" launched in Torrington, Connecticut, in December 2010. He led a team of more than 100 journalists in covering the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in late 2012 and 2013, and has been honored for his editorial writing and leadership of public service and investigative reporting. In 2014, his efforts at the New Haven Register were recognized with the APME's and ASNE's Robert C. McGruder Award for Leadership in Newsroom Diversity. DeRienzo is a longtime board member of the United Way of Northwest Connecticut, and has served as co-chairman of the United Way's annual fundraising campaign in 2009 and again in 2011. In 2011, he received the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Journalism and 20 years of leaving my comfort zone

Yesterday was my 38th birthday, and today, I’m celebrating exactly 20 years working in the newspaper industry. Tomorrow, it will be exactly 10 years working for the company that presently employs me. I’ve worked as a reporter, editor, corporate director … Continue reading

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What’s in store for print-first journalism schools?

The University of Connecticut might lose the print edition of its newspaper, “The Daily Campus,” after students voted to reject an increased subsidy of the product. This should be a great opportunity, right? UConn has a journalism school. What would … Continue reading

Posted in American University, Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association, Hartford Courant, Jeff Jarvis, Maureen Croteau, Quinnipiac University, The Daily Campus, University of Connecticut | 8 Comments

Patch ignored early advice about one journalist-per-town model

Before Tim Armstrong launched Patch, jumped from Google to AOL, bought it from his own investment group and expanded it across the nation, he ignored early advice suggesting that the hyperlocal’s one-journalist-per-town model would not work. Quinnipiac University journalism professor … Continue reading

Posted in AOL, Claude Albert, Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association, Gary Farrugia, Maureen Croteau, Patch, Quinnipiac University, Rich Hanley, The Day, Tim Armstrong | 36 Comments

Overcoming burnout on the road to ‘digital first’

“We will be and are burning people out.” That quote from John Paton led the final paragraph of a Jan. 15 Los Angeles Times profile on his “digital first, print last” transformation of Journal Register Company and Media News Group. … Continue reading

Posted in Ben Franklin Project, Burnout, Digital First Media, Digital Ninja School, Idea Lab, John Paton | 2 Comments

Is linking a ‘keystone habit’ that can convert newsrooms to ‘open journalism?’

Elaine Clisham was shaking her head at the latest dust-up over whether media organizations should link to other news outlets and sources of information in their reporting on the web. Clisham said that newspaper industry leaders such as her former … Continue reading

Posted in Charles Duhigg, CMS, Elaine Clisham, Linking, Mathew Ingram, Saxotech, Steve Buttry | 8 Comments

A new kind of newspaper severance: Help laid-off journalists be entrepreneurs and partners

As I was packing for a trip north to speak at the Maine Press Association convention this weekend about our Newsroom Cafe project in Connecticut, this story came across my Twitter feed this morning. The Portland Press Herald, my hometown … Continue reading

Posted in CT Mirror, CT News Junkie, CT Watchdog, Hartford Courant, Jeff Jarvis, Maine Press Association, Newsroom Cafe, Portland Press Herald, The Associated Press | Leave a comment

Bloggers teach community inside newly opened newspaper building

What if a newspaper could unlock brand new areas of content and news coverage via citizen journalism, use this to connect with audience members yearning for information on these niche topics, and become a virtual and physical center of community … Continue reading

Posted in Community Media Lab, Crowdsourcing, Livestreaming, Tom Caprood, Troy Record | 3 Comments