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About mattderienzo

Matt DeRienzo is group editor of Digital First Media's publications in Connecticut, including the New Haven Register, Middletown Press, Register Citizen, Connecticut Magazine and weeklies including the Litchfield County Times and West Hartford News. 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 Yardley, Pennsylvania-based Journal Register Company, Foothills Media Group's parent company. DeRienzo serves on the board of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce and 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 a Lifetime Achievement Award from the United Way of Northwest Connecticut and was named one of the "50 Most Influential People in Litchfield County" by Litchfield Magazine. 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.

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

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

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 | 51 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 | 10 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 | 1 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 | 2 Comments

Why our small-town daily is adding a full-time curator

We’re adding a full-time curator position at The Register Citizen. Jenny Golfin, whose duties have included morning shift web updating, social media management and reporting, will be devoted full-time to this new role. Her mission will be to provide our … Continue reading

Posted in Andy Carvin, Curation, Journal Register Company, NPR, The Register Citizen | 9 Comments

Journalism School of the Future: Where You Start On the Job and Never Graduate

In a great #wjchat hosted by Jay Rosen Wednesday night on “radicalism in the newsroom,” this question was posed: “Are J-schools today part of the problem or solution? How should they change? Should something replace them?” I’ve gotten a lot … Continue reading

Posted in Community Journalism School, Jay Rosen, Jeff Jarvis, Joy Mayer, Newsroom Cafe, Steve Buttry, University of Missouri | 4 Comments

Washington Post shows it values accuracy, audience engagement in step away from ‘fortress journalism’

The Washington Post made a huge statement yesterday about the accuracy of its reporting, engaging with its audience and building a stronger relationship of trust with its readers. A link to this page – asking readers and sources to bring … Continue reading

Posted in Corrections, Craig Silverman, Fact Check, Jay Rosen, The Register Citizen, Washington Post | 1 Comment