Category Archives: John Paton

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

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Bringing the Outside In: Newsroom Cafe and more in Torrington, Connecticut

What does a “digital first, print last” newsroom look like? I’m pleased, following months of work and planning behind the scenes, to be able to share with you this announcement from Journal Register Company. After 110 years in (literally) our … Continue reading

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Journal Register Company’s ‘one new technology’ challenge

One of John Paton’s first blog posts after becoming CEO of Journal Register Company in February was a challenge to every employee in the company to “learn one new technology” in 2010. The idea came from a reader of his blog, … Continue reading

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The first six months of radical change in a traditional newspaper company

CLICK HERE for a column I wrote last week explaining to readers the changes that have taken place in my newspaper’s parent company since John Paton was named as CEO in January. More than most communities, Torrington, Connecticut, for some … Continue reading

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Jeff Jarvis speaks to, brainstorms with Journal Register Co. editors

Jeff Jarvis, new media visionary, author of “What Would Google Do?” and one of the best-known and most outspoken critics of the traditional newspaper industry, spoke to and brainstormed with a group of about 80 editors and reporters from Journal … Continue reading

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Our biggest critics are our best friends

Similar to Jeff Jarvis’ contention in “What Would Google Do?” that “your worst customer is your best friend,” the company that I work for is in a position right now to receive the most help and insight from the people … Continue reading

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Wow, talk about transparency

I wrote the other day about Journal Register Co. CEO John Paton’s transparent approach to transforming our traditional print-focused local newspaper company into a media company. In Paton’s most recent blog entry, and in an email to every employee in … Continue reading

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