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>Register Citizen’s Newsroom Cafe concept turns heads

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>Our announcement on Thursday about The Register Citizen moving its offices to 59 Field Street, with an “Open Newsroom” concept that welcomes the community to be part of the process of local journalism at any step in the process, got lots of attention within the newspaper industry.

Here’s a roundup of some of the coverage, in case you missed it:
– From our newspaper, “Register Citizen to move office, open Newsroom Cafe”
– My column, “Come by for a cup of coffee, and a lot more”
– From the tech blog, GigaOm, “For newspapers, the future is now: Digital must be first”
– From Bud Wilkinson’s blog, “Two kinds of tips at Newsroom Cafe?”
– From the Republican-American (most of the article is behind a pay wall), “Register Citizen to move headquarters”
– Journal Register Company CEO John Paton’s presentation at the Transformation of News Summit, “Channeling Change”
– Our company’s press release on the announcement, “Journal Register Company unveils open community newsroom concept at Connecticut site; Register Citizen welcomes audience inside”
– From Hartford Business Journal, “Torrington paper to offer newsroom cafe”
– From Hartford Courant columnist Rick Green, “Cup of Joe with that news story?”
Finally, there’s lots more on our Newsroom Cafe and related new office plans at RegisterCitizen.Com/newsroomcafe, and we’ll be updating with more details as the date of our move approaches and in the weeks following our opening.
Any questions or ideas, please feel free to call me at 860-489-1877, email me at mderienzo@registercitizen.com or find me on Twitter at Twitter.Com/mattderienzo.
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Written by mattderienzo

December 5, 2010 at 6:06 pm

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>LATEST COLUMN: Come by for coffee, and a lot more

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Come by for coffee, and a lot more

Well, in case you missed our announcement yesterday, The Register Citizen will be moving its offices in a few weeks. We’re not going far, to 59 Field Street, just down the street and around the corner from our longtime headquarters on Water Street. But we’ve come a long way. The Register Citizen has published from its building on Water Street for 110 years. And for 108 years or so, the business model was pretty much the same.

Written by mattderienzo

December 5, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Posted in Newsroom Cafe

>Job openings at The Register Citizen

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>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

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>LATEST COLUMN: Our approach to correcting mistakes

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Our approach to correcting mistakes

Recently I updated you on the “Fact Check” program that we launched on RegisterCitizen.Com, enabling readers to easily report, at the bottom of every story we publish, factual errrors that they notice.
It’s part of an effort to improve accuracy and transparency about how we handle news reporting in The Register Citizen.
Another step that we recently took is to publish a formal corrections policy on our website, and to print corrections on the site on a special page, in addition to correcting them within the stories themselves and in print.

Written by mattderienzo

November 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

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>LATEST COLUMN: Fact Check program about accountability, transparency in local news

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>Fact Check program about accountability, transparency in local news reporting
Since launching an easy-to-use online “Fact Check” form in May, readers have made well over 100 reports to us about local news stories that contained incorrect information, lacked context to the point of being misleading, or missed the “real point” of the story altogether.

Written by mattderienzo

October 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm

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>LATEST COLUMN: I’m buying in, literally, to downtown’s potential

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>I’m buying in, literally, to downtown’s potential

Never before has $200 given me such a feeling of empowerment.
Like most of you, I am tired of driving past empty storefronts and buildings falling into disrepair on Water Street every day.
And like most of you, I felt helpless when the Torrington Twisters were purchased by an out-of-state person two years ago and moved to Massachusetts.

Written by mattderienzo

October 14, 2010 at 6:48 pm

>Sound Off to feature live chat

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The Register Citizen’s popular Sound Off feature will evolve next week with the start of a weekly “live chat” feature.

The chat will allow readers to discuss and/or debate the issues of the day in real time, and to interact with Register Citizen staff about topics in the news and how the newspaper approaches its coverage and website management.

The chats are free and open to anyone — no registration required.

To participate, log on to the Sound Off between 7 and 8 p.m. on any Wednesday, beginning Sept. 22.

One question still unresolved – and up to you, the readers – is whether we will choose one hot topic a week to discuss, or keep the discussion wide-ranging, similar to the basic Sound Off concept.

CLICK HERE to vote in our survey on which topic our first chat should cover.

Written by mattderienzo

September 16, 2010 at 10:42 pm

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