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Wes Duplantier joins New Haven Register breaking news team

11 Apr

Wes Duplantier has joined the staff of the New Haven Register as assistant breaking news editor. He will help coordinate and write morning-shift coverage for our statewide breaking news team.

Wes Duplantier

Wes Duplantier

Duplantier had worked as a breaking news reporter for the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport and Hearst’s dailies in Danbury, Greenwich and Stamford since September.

Previously he worked two different stints as a politics intern at the Hartford Courant, worked as a legislative relief reporter in Missouri for The Associated Press and interned with the Missouri Digital News, the Wall Street Journal the Jefferson City News Tribune, the Sedalia Democrat, and the Mexico Ledger.

Duplantier is a 2013 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Duplantier joins a number of alumni of Hearst’s Connecticut newspapers who are now working for Digital First Media in Connecticut, including Breaking News Editor Tom Cleary, whom he’ll report to, Editor Sean Patrick Bowley and New Haven Register Design Hub Director Albie Yuravich.

He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @breaking203.

Digital First Media expands breaking news team in Connecticut

21 Feb

Digital First Media is expanding its breaking news and digital news staff in Connecticut, hiring web producers and dedicated breaking news reporters to serve the New Haven Register, The Middletown Press and The Register Citizen of Torrington.

Tom Cleary has been promoted to the statewide position of Breaking News Editor, and Christine Tansey has been promoted to the position of Digital Editor.

Tom Cleary

Tom Cleary

Cleary will oversee an expanded team of breaking news reporters, and Tansey will oversee an expanded team of web and mobile producers in addition to photography staff at the New Haven Register.

Cleary most recently served as co-managing editor of The Register Citizen in Torrington. Previously, he was a breaking news reporter for the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport and Hearst’s other Connecticut newspapers. He is a graduate of Fairfield University.

Christine Tansey

Christine Tansey

Tansey previously led a smaller team of web producers based in New Haven. She started her career at the New Haven Register as a newsroom graphic artist. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

As part of the expansion, Mercy Quaye has been promoted from a reporting position at The Register Citizen to a breaking news reporter based in New Haven. She is a New Haven native who interned for the New Haven Register before graduating from Quinnipiac University with a journalism degree.

Mercy Quaye

Mercy Quaye

The breaking news reporting team also includes Charlotte Adinolfi in New Haven, Jenny Golfin in Torrington, Kaitlyn Schroyer in Middletown and two additional reporters to be hired in New Haven.

More information about our open breaking news reporter positions can be found here.

More information about our open web producers positions can be found here.

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 Follow him on Twitter @albertyuravich.

Why The Register Citizen exposed the identity of student bullies

21 Mar

Due to some excellent journalism by Register Citizen reporter Jessica Glenza, Torrington, Connecticut, has become notorious across the country over the past 24 hours for a scandal involving its high school football team and widespread bullying of 13-year-old girls two 18-year-old players are accused of raping.front

While most of the outrage has been focused on the players, their bullying friends and a school district that has been slow to react to bad behavior by athletes and harassment of victims, the newspaper has been criticized by some for identifying underage students who bullied and subjecting them to national ridicule.

On its website and on the front page of its print edition, The Register Citizen printed screen shots from Twitter on Wednesday morning of Torrington athletes and other students calling a 13-year-old rape victim a “whore” and “snitch” and blaming her for “ruining the lives” of the two players.

We did not blur out the Twitter handles or profile photos of the students doing the bullying, which effectively identified them.

The result, undoubtedly, was intense embarrassment to the teens involved and their families. They said some really disgusting things, and thousands of people from all over the country and world expressed outrage as the story was published prominently in news outlets including the New York Times, New York Daily News, Washington Post, Daily Mail of London and on national blogs such as Jezebel, The Daily Dot and Think Progress, among many others.

Every Connecticut TV station and even a camera crew from CNN was in Torrington Wednesday to cover the story as parallels were drawn to the horrible case in Steubenville, Ohio, where a girl was raped by multiple football players at a party, followed by social media taunting of the victim and a significant number of students and townspeople engaging in a “blame the victim” reaction to their arrest.

Faced with a barrage of criticism (and hopefully, embarrassment and regret over what they’d said, although messages calling Register Citizen staff “snitches” and many unprintable names yesterday would indicate otherwise),  most of the students responsible for the bullying Tweets disabled their accounts quickly after the story broke Wednesday or had shifted them to “private” status.

Some accused us of subjecting these students to bullying themselves, while even those outraged at their actions sympathized over the issue of young people not understanding the ramifications of publicly posting stupid things online and the permanence of those mistakes.

a1032113We could have easily told the story, they suggested, by just “summarizing” the extent of the bullying, and quoting some of the awful things that what were said without identifying who said it.

Yes, we could have done it that way, and I’ll tell you right now, we wouldn’t be having this big local (and national) conversation about the problem.

By publishing the actual messages, we made this real in a way that writing a story about unnamed kids would not.

We gave the city, the state and the country a taste of how horrifying and uncomfortable it has been for two 13-year-old girls over the past month who can’t escape the bullying and the nasty comments whether they’re at school or online.

Vaguely summarizing this kind of bullying, identities protected, would have allowed the school district to continue to ignore the problem and the community to assume that it was “someone else’s kid.”

But the fact is that “good kids,” from “good homes,” honor roll students, athletes, male, female, participated in this stuff, and showed a fundamental and staggeringly dangerous misunderstanding about rape, consent and how to treat other people.

If we hadn’t identified the bullies, this would have been dismissed by the school district and the community as “just a few bad apples.” In fact, that’s exactly how Torrington High School Athletic Director Mike McKenna and School Superintendent Cheryl Kloczko tried to dismiss it right up until the night before Jessica’s story showed everyone that it was more than that.

And in an outrageous failure to understand the need for an urgent community conversation around this problem, Kloczko and Torrington Board of Education Chairman Ken Traub used “student confidentiality” as an excuse to remain silent on the topic yesterday.

We don’t have to be another Steubenville, in part because there are local journalists like Jessica Glenza and her editors at The Register Citizen who are drawing attention to the problem and refusing to be complicit in the school district’s attempts to withhold information as a shield for their own failure to act.

Tom Caprood joins Register Citizen as co-managing editor

4 Mar

Tom Caprood, online editor at The Record in Troy,  New York, for the past three years, starts work at The Register Citizen in Torrington today as co-managing editor.

Tom Caprood

Tom Caprood

At The Record, also a Journal Register Co. daily, Caprood led efforts to open the newspaper’s doors to the public. He partnered with local bloggers and invited readers to classes led by them.

That effort was in part inspired by The Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe, an “open newsroom” experiment that Caprood will now help lead.

Prior to being promoted to online editor in Troy, he worked as a reporter at The Record for two and a half years.

Caprood is a 2007 graduate of The College of Saint Rose in Albany,  N.Y. He and his wife recently moved to Torrington.

At The Register Citizen he will share co-managing editor duties with Tom Cleary, who joined the staff earlier this year, under the leadership of John Berry, editor of The Register Citizen and Middletown Press.

Follow Tom Caprood on Twitter @tomcaprood.

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.