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Albert Yuravich named director of New Haven Register design center

6 May

Albert Yuravich has joined Digital First Media’s newsroom staff in Connecticut as director of a new regional page design center based at the New Haven Register.

Albie Yuravich

Albie Yuravich

Yuravich led the newsroom of the Greenwich Time over the past few years as managing editor, and also assisted with a redesign of all of Hearst’s daily newspapers in Connecticut in 2012.

He follows Ben Doody and Tom Cleary in making the jump from Hearst Connecticut to Digital First. Doody was Hearst’s digital news editor and is now managing editor of DFM’s Connecticut group. Cleary was a breaking news reporter at the Connecticut Post and is now co-managing editor of DFM’s Register Citizen in Torrington.

But it’s also a homecoming for Yuravich, who was city editor of The Register Citizen from 2004 to 2008, where he won first place national awards for front page design and breaking news coverage from Suburban Newspapers of America.

Yuravich started his career in 2002 as a sports reporter and copy editor for the Waterbury Republican-American.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Boston College.

In his new job, Yuravich is overseeing a design center that will handle page design for Digital First Media’s newspapers in the region. One of his first tasks will be to help lead the New Haven Register through an upcoming print redesign and conversion to a new content management system.

Email Yuravich at ayuravich@nhregister.com. Follow him on Twitter @albertyuravich.

Hartford Courant launches paywall experiment

20 Feb

The Hartford Courant has joined other Tribune Co. dailies in launching some version of a paid-access website.courant

Print edition subscribers received a postcard on Tuesday unveiling CourantPlus.Com, with an offer of free access through March 17 and the offer of a $10 Starbucks gift card to the first 500 people who then fill out a survey evaluating the site when the trial is up.

The Courant’s promo for the new site promises:

  • “Exclusive, in-depth news stories, columns and features not found elsewhere online;
  • “Interactive graphics, videos and photo galleries for an in-depth experience very day;
  • “Clutter-free page design with limited advertising
  • “More political and business coverage
  • “Insider UConn Husky sports coverage
  • and “Premium content from trusted partners such as Forbes, Bloomberg, Washington Post and many others.”

Presuming after several years of buyouts and layoffs that the newspaper won’t be bulking up its reporting staff to add new content for the premium site, it appears that some coverage will be moved off the free-access Courant.Com and placed behind the paywall.

The move leaves newspapers operated by Hearst (Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Danbury News Times) and Journal Register Co. (New Haven Register, Middletown Press and The Register Citizen of Torrington) and the Norwalk Hour as the only dailies in Connecticut not to have moved to some kind of paywall model.

The Journal-Inquirer of Manchester, Republican-American of Waterbury and Willimantic Chronicle have had paywalls for a number of years, while the New London Day, Meriden Record-Journal and Norwich Bulletin all moved to a paywall model within the past two years.

UPDATE: Hartford Courant Publisher Rich Graziano tells Poynter that “the Hartford Courant has not implemented a paywall.” He explained that CourantPlus.Com is in a “market research” stage and said: “We have made no determination about launching CourantPlus, its accessibility or pricing requirements.”

New faces at The Register Citizen in Torrington

25 Jan

We’re pleased to welcome several key new staff members at The Register Citizen in Torrington.

Tom Cleary has joined us as co-managing editor.

Peter Paguaga has been named sports editor.

And Kate Hartman has started work as a staff reporter covering the city hall beat in Torrington.

Cleary was most recently a breaking news reporter for the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport and part of the breaking news team that drove digital news content and managed social media accounts at Hearst’s Connecticut newspapers.

Tom Cleary

Tom Cleary

Prior to joining the Connecticut Post in December 2010, Cleary worked as a reporter for the Fairfield Citizen. He is a graduate of Fairfield University, where he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the Fairfield Mirror. He was previously managing editor and s

Peter Paguaga

Peter Paguaga

ports editor of that paper.

Paguaga is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, where he served as sports editor of the Southern News.

He has worked as a freelance reporter a the Babylon Beacon and The Daily Voice in Babylon and Mamaroneck, N.Y., and served as a media intern for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey team.

For three years, Paguaga was “Sparky the Dragon,” a mascot who entertained at New York Islanders NHL games.

Hartman is a graduate of Temple University, where she concentrated in magazine writing.

Kate Hartman

Kate Hartman

She has worked as a freelance writer for Philadelphia Weekly, the Reading Eagle and the Philly Post and as an intern at Philadelphia Magazine, Barks County Living Magazine in Pennsylvania and The Hampstead and Highgate Express in London.

You can follow Cleary on Twitter @tomwcleary, Paguaga at @PetePaguaga and Hartman at @HartmanRegister.

Ben Doody joins JRC Connecticut as managing editor

28 Sep

Ben Doody will re-join Journal Register Co. in a few weeks as managing editor of our Connecticut cluster.

Ben is presently digital news editor of Hearst’s Connecticut newspapers, including the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, the Danbury News-Times, the Greenwich Time and the Stamford Advocate.

Ben Doody

Previously, he worked for JRC as assistant sports editor at The Trentonian in New Jersey for more than three years, and he was chosen as an inaugural member of JRC’s “Idea Lab” thanks to his innovative work there with social media, live blogging and comprehensive local and college sports coverage.

Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from Fairfield University and was editor-in-chief of its weekly newspaper, the Fairfield Mirror.

While still at the Trentonian, Ben started to cross over to become more involved in regular news coverage vs. just sports, and at Hearst, he started out as morning news editor overseeing breaking news coverage statewide before being promoted to a wider digital news role.

In the new role with JRC Connecticut, he’ll help the group editor coordinate statewide news coverage and continue our reorganization around breaking news, community engagement and investigative and enterprise reporting. He’ll also lead the cluster’s transition to redesigned print editions and redesigned web sites and oversee training and career development of Connecticut newsroom staff.

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