The Register Citizen was honored for its open newsroom project, which gives readers full access to the paper's archives and its news meetings.
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 winner today."
"The work in the 16-member Torrington newsroom should give ideas to editors in all size newsrooms," Heisse said.
The award was presented at APME's annual conference in Denver.