The Register Citizen of Torrington, Conn., a Journal Register newspaper,
won the fifth annual APME Innovator of the Year award today in Denver.
The Register Citizen was honored for its open newsroom project, which
gives readers full access to the paper's archives and its news
The Associated Press Media Editors expanded the annual contest this
year and now recognizes top innovative work monthly. The Register
Citizen had been honored as the January winner.
The Register Citizen will receive $2,000 from APME's sponsors of the
Innovator of the Year award -- GateHouse Media and the Reynolds
Institute of the University of Missouri.
"The Register Citizen's open newsroom concept impressed APME judges
when we first heard about it," said incoming APME president Bob
Heisse, executive editor of the Centre Daily Times in State College,
Pa. "It was no surprise that our conference attendees voted it the
"The work in the 16-member Torrington newsroom should give ideas to
editors in all size newsrooms," Heisse said.