|Artist’s rendering of the new cafe and media lab.|
Update: The NYT piece is up.
A little birdie tells me the Register-Citizen newspaper in Torrington will be featured in a New York Times piece tomorrow. My guess is the subject will be the paper’s recently announced experiment in getting its audience involved in community journalism.
The paper has moved to new and larger headquarters a few blocks away from its Water Street building, which the old Torrington Register had called home for 110 years. That in itself isn’t news. But, as part of its new “digital-first” business model, the R-C is also opening a newsroom cafe, community media lab, community journalism school and a local news library, free and open to the general public:
“When you first walk into our new space at 59 Field St., it will look like a cross between a coffee shop, library and newsroom,” said Publisher Matt DeRienzo. “We are issuing a permanent invitation for the community to be engaged and involved in how we report local news and information, at every step in the process.”
There will be a coffee shop with Green Mountain Coffee, local baked goods. Sounds great? But here’s the kicker:
The community will be encouraged to sit in on and participate, if they wish, in the newsroom’s daily story meetings, which will also be livestreamed at RegisterCitizen.Com, offering editors advice on how to cover stories, or pitching new story ideas.