The Publisher's Desk

Just another WordPress.com site

Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

>LATEST COLUMN: Community, transparency are Register Citizen themes for 2011

leave a comment »

>

Community, transparency are Register Citizen themes for 2011

If you have yet to visit The Register Citizen’s new offices at 59 Field Street in Torrington, stop by, ask for a quick tour. You’ll understand how much things have changed for Northwest Connecticut’s local newspaper since January 1 of last year. And you’ll catch a glimpse, we hope, of what we mean by a “digital first” and “community first” approach to local news.
Advertisements

Written by mattderienzo

January 2, 2011 at 2:27 am

Posted in Uncategorized

>A case for Torrington as Connecticut’s Christmas capital

leave a comment »

>

My 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter “gets” Christmas for the first time this year, and the excitement is building.
She decided that Christmas was finally coming last night when she saw the first real snow of the year. She started singing “Jingle Bells,” and pointed out every set of storefront Christmas lights on our drive through town.
Then we drove by the famous “Christmas House,” and, unplanned, stopped, got a closer look, and went inside. She was blown away, and I was blown away. It was magical, even for an adult, and a stick-with-you-for-a-lifetime experience for a child.
Reading RegisterCitizen.Com later that night, I came to this firm conclusion:
Torrington is the Christmas capital of Connecticut.

Sorry, Bethlehem.
But Torrington has the snow.
Torrington has the Christmas House, which to the unfamiliar, is the home of a private resident who has gone over-the-top nuts decorating the outside and inside of his home with Christmas light displays, Nativity scenes, moving Santa Claus figurines, rooms full of nutcrackers, snow globes, running train sets and more.
Torrington has Christmas Village, which opened for its 63rd year yesterday and features Santa and Mrs. Claus and live reindeer, and has delighted generations of children in Northwest Connecticut.
Torrington has the 1900 Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum, which is decorated in turn-of-the-century Christmas style and offers tours throughout the season.
Torrington has the world-class Nutmeg School of Ballet and its annual production of “The Nutcracker” at the historic and beautiful Warner Theatre.
The Warner Theatre has a bunch of other Christmas programs on the schedule also, including “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and “A Very Merry Doo Wop Spectacular.”
Torrington has the amazing “Christmas Angelicus” concert at Trinity Episcopal Church Dec. 19.
Plus, the downtown and Coe Memorial Park are decked out in lights.
Don’t forget ice skating at Major Besse Field, and one of the best sledding hills around.
And shopping.
Torrington has Christmas shopping opportunities galore. There’s East Main Street, and every big box store you could need, of course, but there are more small business shopping opportunities this year in our beautiful downtown.
Main Street mainstays such as Libby’s Torrington Furniture, one of the best small toy stores in the state, Toy Jam, newcomers such as Barking Dog Guitar Traders and Bender Showrooms, and “shopping experiences” such as Brazen Betties, where you’re bound to see something that presents a unique gift opportunity.
Come for Christmas Village and the Christmas House, enjoy the snowy scenery of the Litchfield Hills and check some hard-to-buy-for people off your shopping list.
And tell me if there’s another community in Connecticut that has this much to offer for Christmas.

Written by mattderienzo

December 6, 2010 at 5:37 pm

>Job openings at The Register Citizen

leave a comment »

>Are you or someone you know interested in working for us?

It’s a good time to talk to us. We have the following openings (click on each for more information):
SPORTS EDITOR
WEEKLY EDITOR
DIGITAL PROJECTS EDITOR

REPORTERS

Written by mattderienzo

November 4, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

>Pretty neat: Live stream, live chat during selectmen’s meeting

leave a comment »

>

Want some insight into how the way we report the news is changing?
Take a look at what happened last night with one of the weekly newspapers under our Foothills Media Group umbrella.
The police chief vacancy in Canton has been a hot topic for months now, and we took some unprecedented (for us) steps for the selectmen’s meeting last night when a candidate was finally to be named.
Reporter Kaitlyn Yeager set up a live-stream video of the meeting so readers could watch from home.
It was embedded into a story previewing the meeting, and under the video was a live chat that she moderated.
As the meeting happened, she reported live on what was happening via the chat, readers added their own information and opinions on the subject, and were able to ask Kaitlyn questions about what was happening.
Kaitlyn’s story also included a survey asking residents their thoughts on the police chief search, for use in future articles, as well as a timeline graphic walking them through the process that led to last night’s meeting.
A pretty radical change from the old method of writing a story – with no input or questions from readers – on newsprint the next day, or next week in the case of a weekly such as The Canton News.
These kinds of changes are possible, in part, due to a new culture of innovation in the company that Foothills Media Group belongs to.
Journal Register Company owns 19 dailies across the country and hundreds of non-daily publications such as The Canton News.
Kaitlyn is one of 15 employees that Journal Register has named to an “IdeaLab” team. Twenty-five percent of her time is freed up to work on new ideas and technology for us. She received an iPhone, an iPad and Netbook (which was used to livestream last night’s meeting), is sharing ideas back and forth with fellow IdeaLab members, and is involving the rest of our staff as well.

Written by mattderienzo

September 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm

>Meet our bear … "Cub Reporter"

leave a comment »

>
You named it, and here it is … “Cub Reporter,” the bear sculpture that The Register Citizen sponsored as part of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s “Bear-live It Or Not” fundraiser/tourism effort.

CLICK HERE to read reporter Jessie Sawyer’s story about the program and interview with “Cub Reporter” artist Joan Pavlinsky.

Written by mattderienzo

August 17, 2010 at 2:35 pm

>Name our bear!

with 4 comments

>The Register Citizen is adopting a bear as part of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce‘s “Bear-lieve It Or Not” campaign.

The concept is this:
Local businesses purchase fiberglass bears, local artists decorate them, they are out on display as part of a Northwest Connecticut “bear trail,” and then the bears are auctioned to support charity.
We are excited to be participating, but we need a name for our news-themed bear.

Vote for your favorite name below or add your own suggestion in the comments and we’ll add it to the poll.

http://www.proprofs.com/polls/widget/?title=what-should-the-register-citizen-name-the-bear-it-is-adopting-as-part-of-the-chambers-bear-lieve-it-or-not-campaign&theme=grey&width=300

Written by mattderienzo

June 30, 2010 at 7:39 pm

>Third annual Diaper Drive launches July 1

leave a comment »

>Two years ago, now-retired United Way of Northwest Connecticut Executive Director Bill Egan and I started the Northwest Connecticut Diaper Drive because we were moved by stories of local families having to divert money from budgets for food and medicine to pay the cost of diapering their young children.

(Obligatory photo of my daughter Marley making me wear one of her Dora the Explorer diapers as a hat provided.)

And by a social worker’s tales of struggling parents “stretching” their supply by keeping infants and toddlers in soiled diapers, leading to some unhappy little kids at the least, health problems such as severe rash and hepatitis exposure at the worst.
Diapers are expensive. And they’re not covered by any kind of food stamp or other government assistance program.
Women show up at places like the Susan B. Anthony Project domestic abuse shelter, or the FISH homeless shelter, with nothing. These organizations scrape for every dollar just to keep the doors open and food on the shelves. And they must divert resources to diapers in situations like that also.
So, modeled after the hugely successful Diaper Bank in New Haven, the Northwest Connecticut Diaper Drive was born as a joint project of The Register Citizen and the United Way of Northwest Connecticut.
We’re proud, through the generosity of our readers and local businesses, to have provided more than 100,000 diapers so far.
And now we’re gearing up to launch our 3rd annual Diaper Drive.
It will run from July 1 to July 31, accepting both cash donations (used to purchase diapers at a bulk discount and in the sizes most needed by local organizations) or actual diapers at drop-off locations throughout the area.
If you’ve given in the past, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and from the bottoms of babies across Northwest Connecticut.
If you are new to the project, we ask that you consider giving whatever you can afford. Like our Warm the Children, still going strong after 26 years of providing warm, winter clothing each holiday season, the Diaper Drive has been carried by lots of small donations from readers.
Together, it adds up to a lot.
You can send donations to Northwest Connecticut Diaper Drive, care of The Register Citizen, P.O. Box 58, Torrington, CT 06790, or stay tuned for a full list of drop-off locations, which will always include our offices at 190 Water St. in Torrington and the United Way office on Bird Street, just off East Main.
For more information, email diapers@registercitizen.com or call the United Way at 860-489-4131.
Follow news about the Northwest Connecticut Diaper Drive at its new blog by clicking here.

Written by mattderienzo

June 22, 2010 at 1:34 am

Posted in Uncategorized