Source documents enrich coverage of death penalty debate

New Haven Register Community Engagement Editors Ed Stannard and Angela Carter used ScribD recently to greatly enrich the newspaper’s coverage of a law that would repeal Connecticut’s death penalty.

They noticed the huge volume of testimony and evidence that was presented at legislative hearings, and used the document-embedding site to collect it all in one place for readers.

The paper has used ScribD many times in the past to embed a single document on a story page, but in this case, Ed and Angi took advantage of the ability to group a whole collection of documents together and present them in a single, easy-to-embed graphic.

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.
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One Response to Source documents enrich coverage of death penalty debate

  1. newsgirlct says:

    This was a great idea! Kudos to Angi and Ed!

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