Many journalists have come a long way, but it’s important to remember how far some of us still have to go.
You’ve perhaps read about the transformation happening at the Register Citizen in Connecticut. The newspaper is inviting the public in (literally and figuratively) in envelope-pushing ways. You might call it extreme engagement (like extreme sports, but less dangerous). I haven’t interviewed the folks at the Register Citizen yet — I thought I’d wait until they’ve had a chance to see what’s working and what they’re learning. But I’m excited about what I hear and see coming from Publisher Matt DeRienzo and Community Editor Kaitlyn Yeager.
An editor at a nearby weekly newspaper, The Valley Press, has published her opinion of the project in an editorial. DeRienzo mentioned it on Twitter this morning, then shared it with me when I asked for it. I’d link to it, but it doesn’t seem to be online. Click here for an image of it.