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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.

What the Newsroom Cafe has taught us about improving local journalism

As it turns out, having coffee and pastries for sale ended up being one of the most minor changes to our newsroom over the past six months. The idea of turning our newsroom into a coffee shop got a lot … Continue reading

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Making the newsroom a center of community

It’s been almost two months since The Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe opened at 59 Field Street, and we’re settling into the new routine of having a completely “open” newsroom. The heartbeat of the new culture and atmosphere our new offices … Continue reading

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Our first day in the Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe

They used free public wifi to surf the web on laptops and iPads. They shared stories about the Flood of 1955 while looking at an exhibit of photos from our archives. They looked up birth announcements and police blotter items … Continue reading

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Register Citizen to move office, open Newsroom Cafe

TORRINGTON – The Register Citizen announced Wednesday morning that it is moving its offices to a new location in Torrington on Dec. 13 and launching a Newsroom Cafe, Community Media Lab, Community Journalism School and a Local News Library, free … Continue reading

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