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The fate of photojournalism
Noelle Duscha embraces her daughter Taylor during a celebration of her engagement to Temple graduate Dan Price, right,  in the parking lot before the start of the Penn State game against Temple in Philadelphia on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Taylor's family are Penn State fans and her dad, Kevin, second from left, rear, graduated from Central York High School.    Jason Plotkin - York Daily Record/Sunday News

Post by Jason Plotkin Some call it fate. Others call it destiny. Luck, even. Me? I’ll go with a great $20 I never spent. It started at the media gate. Penn State reporter Frank Bodani and I were in Philadelphia to cover the game between PSU and Temple last Saturday. We had walked almost the […]

The right call during a Conrads and East Prospect baseball game
The right call during a Conrads and East Prospect baseball game

Post by Jason Plotkin People around me were angry. What should have been a routine groundball, ended in screaming during the Susquehanna League baseball playoff game between Conrads and East Prospect on Saturday in East Prospect. Spectators around me claimed that the first baseman for Conrads did not have his foot on the bag for […]

Looking back: Play ball!
Ryan Lasko of Bethlehem, Pa., holds his 7-month-old son Ben as he and teammate Greg Reynolds of Dighton, Mass., watch a teammate's fly ball on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Horn Field in Red Lion. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team played a doubleheader in Red Lion, with the first game against Dallastown's American Legion Post 605 and the second against a squad from Apple Automotive Group. The team is a 501(c)(3) organization whose members represent multiple branches of the United States Armed Forces and have sustained injuries resulting in amputation and extensive rehabilitation. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

Just 18 hours after I left Santander Stadium, where I covered the York Revolution’s season opener, I found myself photographing another ball game. But there wasn’t a crowd of people waiting to be let inside. There was no big, furry mascot. No between-innings promotions. I don’t think there were even concessions. But there was a […]

The perspective of a journalist dad
Tears stream down the face of 7-year-old ZiAire Sweatman-Clark, left, who was brought home safe and sound on Saturday after missing overnight. To the right, Ted Young holds his 15-month-old granddaugter, Arteya, whose mother Samantha was murdered on Sunday.

Post by Jason Plotkin I often speak to students who have an interest in becoming journalists. At times, I joke with them about how this is a great career to get into if you love low pay and long hours. But the one thing I don’t joke about is what the life of journalism often […]

A good idea turns into a good stomping
Kids ready themselves for the dropping of the balloons during the New Years Eve celebration at Central Market on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.  Jason Plotkin - Daily Record/Sunday News

Post by Jason Plotkin Every once in a while I get a good idea. Or at least what I think is a good idea. I was covering the children’s New Year’s Eve celebration at Central Market on Wednesday evening. It was getting close to the 8pm balloon drop and I thought it might be neat […]

Jason Plotkin: 2014 photo & video favorites
York city firefighter Tony Caruso, rear, and Pa. State Police fire marshall Brad Dunham stand atop the ladder truck as they douse a hot spot of one of the buildings on West Philadelphia Street following an early morning arson fire on Thursday, March 20, 2014.  Jason Plotkin - Daily Record/Sunday News

Time o’ year for favorite photo & video. I’m in an interesting zone in my career. Covering York for over 20-years, I’ve gained enough trust with some emergency departments in the county where I am allowed access to photograph from areas I couldn’t early in my career. Unfortunately, the everyday wear and tear on my […]

Reminding me who my audience is…
Reminding me who my audience is…

Post by Jason Plotkin I love election nights. People make fun of me because I always say it. Most photographers think of this night as a visual bore, but I come from a different perspective. I love the challenge of finding something interesting in what others may see as mundane. And believe me, election night […]

A change of plans leads to a special moment
Penn State coach James Franklin greets fans before PSU's 31-24 double OT loss to Ohio State at State College on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Jason Plotkin - Daily Record/Sunday News

Post by Jason Plotkin I wasn’t even planning on being there. And when I was, I was planning on leaving early. I’m sure glad I stayed. You see, I was covering Penn State against Ohio State this past weekend and I needed to get a photograph for a future story by Evening Sun reporter Mike […]

Two days, three dumpsters
Here I am. Standing in a dumpster. Like a stinky crazy person. Photo by YDR reporter Hannah Sawyer

Post by Jason Plotkin There are days when this job really stinks. And on the last two days, I think I’ve taken that stink home with me. Yesterday, I met up with York Daily Record reporter Hannah Sawyer on Walnut Street in York to do a story about the cleanup efforts of that neighborhood. A […]

#TBT: Photographed on a Thursday: Batfan
York Suburban senior Joe Bentz sports a Batman costume as he cheers on junior Emily Perina on the way to her first place finish in the YAIAA Cross Country championships at John Rudy Park on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS-JASON PLOTKIN

Post by Jason Plotkin Being a superhero dork, I enjoyed finding that I found this photographed I took on Thursday in 2009. Fans of high school sports are always entertaining, but this York Suburban cross country fan took it to whole new bat-level.

Cursing at a State Senator
Mike Waugh poses in the large arena of the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Waugh has resigned as a York County state senator and has been appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett to serve as executive director of the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Jason Plotkin - Daily Record/Sunday News

Post by Jason Plotkin I cursed at Mike Waugh. Not in a bad way, but in a way that I thoroughly embarrassed myself. The thing about Mike is, although he never forgot it, and laughed about it every time we saw each other, he never made me feel like the fool I felt like. You […]

#TBT: shot on a Thursday — The day before the Rev’s opening day
In addition to last minute construction, the outfield of Sovereign Bank Stadium is being worked on in this aerial photograph on the day before the York Revolution's home opener on Thursday afternoon, June 14, 2007. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS--JASON PLOTKIN

Post by Jason Plotkin I photographed this image of what was then called Sovereign Bank Stadium from a helicopter the day before the York Revolution’s home opener on Thursday, June 14, 2007. I don’t know about you guys, but it sure didn’t look ready to go from up there in the sky. But they managed […]

Baseball buddies say goodbye
Baseball buddies say goodbye

When I saw Daily Record staff photographer Paul Kuehnel’s photo of a York Revolution player consoling a young fan after Sunday’s season-ending playoff loss, I immediately recognized that moment as the conclusion of a story we told back in August. On Aug. 19, with the start of school looming, staff photographer Jason Plotkin delivered a […]

A tale of two photos: Penn State on deadline
PSU QB Christian Hackenberg gets sacked, left, and celebrates, right during Penn State's come from behind victory over Rutgers on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.

Post by Jason Plotkin The Penn State football team is gonna give me a heart attack. I’ve photographed two games so far this season and both games have been decided in the final few minutes of the fourth quarter. While I normally love covering exciting, down to the wire football, this time was different. This […]

#TBT–Taken on a Thursday: York Fair Wedding 2006
Trigger the pony was one of the guests in attendance of the wedding of Jim Shreves and Juanita Fitez at the York Fair on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS-JASON PLOTKIN

Post by Jason Plotkin Since it’s York Fair week, I thought I’d find some photos I took on a Thursday from the York Fair. Now I’m not a wedding photographer, but when the story calls for it, I photograph a wedding. And definitely one of the more interesting wedding stories I’ve ever covered was at […]

Answering the question honestly
Hanging out in the rafters from the top of Croke Park Stadium.

Post by Jason Plotkin I’ve found myself being asked this question a lot since I got back home. “Did you have fun?” friends, family and colleagues would inquire. The short answer I would give: “No.” How could I not have fun? The York Daily Record had decided to send Penn State reporter Frank Bodani and […]

Throwback Thursday: Fire on a Thursday
A Pa. State Police Fire Marshall is framed by the icy remains of Fawn United Methodist Church while he and other officials investigated the four-alarm fire in Fawn Grove on Thursday, March 3, 2005.

This was a rare sight for me as ice formed on both the structure of the church and on the firefighters as they battled this four-alarm fire at the Fawn United Methodist Church in Fawn Grove on a Thursday in March of 2005 that was later ruled an arson. The loss for the church was […]

Throw back Thursday 2006
Throw back Thursday 2006

Post by Jason Plotkin Here is an image I got during some pretty horrible flooding in 2006. There are some people who reacted that I had no business taking this photograph of this man who had driven into a flooded road. I would make the case that this photo represents more than this unfortunate person. […]

The joy of photographing joy
The joy of photographing joy

Post by Jason Plotkin I wasn’t expecting Kim Bleecker. I mean, I knew kids learning about fencing could be cool, but Bleecker took it to a whole other level. I was at Martin Library yesterday for the Youth Empowerment Summit where a variety of workshops were taking place. From military and art to photography, I […]

4 Most Memorable Videos of 2013
4 Most Memorable Videos of 2013

A few months can feel like only seconds. I was hired at the Daily Record in April and covered many stories in 9 months. Each day was something different, something new. In review, I made 29 videos that last from 44 seconds to 5 minutes. I complied my top 4 most memorable videos by me […]

Plotkin’s year end favorite photo and video
For for first time in over six months, Paul Miller holds the hand of his wife Shelly by using his myoelectric prosthesis at Ability Prosthestics and Orthotics on Thursday, August 22, 2013.  Miller was struck with Streptococcus Pneumoniae on Sunday, Feb 3, 2013, which resulted in the amputation of his hands and feet.

Post by Jason Plotkin When we were asked to post our favorite photo and video from 2013, it wasn’t really a hard decision for me. Paul and Shelly Miller have had such an incredible impact on my year, that it was a no brainer that they would fill both the photo and video catagories for […]

An ‘almost’ photo
A white barn is almost hidden by the snow near Emigsville in Manchester Township Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Eileen Joyce - Daily Record/Sunday News

There’s a barn down the road from my house in Emigsville that I see almost every day. It’s a weathered white barn and in the spring the green leaves of trees pop up around it. In the summer it’s often obscured by corn, but it’s beautiful when fall arrives. The corn is brown, leaves are […]

The things we take for granted
For for first time in over six months, Paul Miller holds the hand of his wife Shelly by using his myoelectric prosthesis at Ability Prosthestics and Orthotics on Thursday, August 22, 2013.  Miller was struck with Streptococcus Pneumoniae on Sunday, Feb 3, 2013, which resulted in the amputation of his hands and feet.

For for first time in over six months, Paul Miller holds the hand of his wife Shelly by using his myoelectric prosthesis at Ability Prosthestics and Orthotics.

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