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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.

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 … Continue reading

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A reporter’s tips on how to fit blogging into your work routine

Establishing a set time each day to devote to it is among the tips that New Haven Register reporter Luther Turmelle offers in a guest post at the paper’s community engagement blog, “Your Open Newsroom.” Turmelle is the author of … Continue reading

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Reporter uses Google Voice to capture reader reaction to Walmart controversy

Walmart’s proposal to build a store in tony West Hartford, Connecticut, has been met with objection by some residents who worry it will mar the town’s character. Reporter Kathleen Schassler has Google Voice to capture the opinion of readers of … Continue reading

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Facebook mistakes: The misogyny chapter

This is not a tale about the pitfalls of social media. John Paton‘s “JRC Employee Rules for Using Social Media” are blank for a reason. There are no special journalistic rules for social media, just as there are no special … Continue reading

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Eye on metrics, reader engagement grow photo gallery audience

Something was bugging Photo Editor Vern Williams. The New Haven Register had published some great photos of a Hamden Hall high school basketball playoff game. They appeared in a gallery on the newspaper’s beautiful new “Media Center” platform. But it … Continue reading

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Workshop tackles blogging on your beat

Reporters and editors at the New Haven Register participated in a workshop on “Beat Blogging” with Digital First Media Community Engagement and Social Media Director Steve Buttry February 28. CLICK HERE to download an MP3 audio recording of the workshop … Continue reading

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How does ‘digital first’ change your workflow?

Digital First Media Director of Community Engagement and Social Media Steve Buttry held a workshop at the New Haven Register February 28 on “Digital First Workflow,” a core requirement of the Digital Ninja School’s Digital Publishing belt and a basic … Continue reading

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