50 word summary: Marc Charisse and his magic

Marc Charisse, the night editor at the YDR, visited the staff to talk about his job. He does “a little bit of everything,” which he proved by starting with a magic trick. With his stories, Charisse revealed the real magic: using journalism to tell stories that make others’ lives better.


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50 word summary: Marc Charisse visits staff

Through years of experience working in journalism, Marc Charisse says the stories that people love the most are centered around humans, good news and things involving dogs. In addition to providing these helpful writing tips to the Teen Takeover staff, the night content editor also shared stories about his life.

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Pentatonix reinvents holiday music with their new album ‘That’s Christmas to Me’

This CD cover image released by RCA Records shows "That's Christmas to Me," by Pentatonix. (AP Photo/RCA Records)

This CD cover image released by RCA Records shows “That’s Christmas to Me,” by Pentatonix. (AP Photo/RCA Records)

There are two types of people when it comes to holiday music.

There are the ones who start playing it right after Halloween and cannot help but sing along to any holiday song that they hear. They take the quote “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear,” from the movie “ELF” as their personal mission during the holiday season.

Then, there are the ones that wear the thickest pair of earmuffs possible to try and block the repetition of cheerful obscenities. They are going to hit the next person that they hearing humming “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” with the hardest fruitcake they can find.

The new holiday album, “That’s Christmas to Me” by Pentatonix is the perfect way to please both types of people.

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Alternative to college routes: Seren Erb

Seren Erb. Photo submitted.

Seren Erb. Photo submitted.

Seren Erb attended York College of Pennsylvania, majoring in fine arts, for one year, before deciding it wasn’t right for her. She enjoyed the art classes, but found the extra classes, not pertaining to her major to be distracting and overwhelming. “A different paper for a different class due every day,” Erb said.  She said that she found out the hard way that college is not for her. By the end of the year she was missing most of her classes and working three jobs. “The world is full of different people and college isn’t for everyone,” said Erb.

“I knew I shouldn’t continue with it because if it was something I really loved, I would have the drive and ambition to be there, not skip classes,” Erb said.
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YC’s SADD gives back to the community in a unique way

Hannah and Emily Laslo performed Elvis classics at the 50's themed coffee house

Hannah and Emily Laslo performed Elvis classics on the ukulele at the 50’s themed coffee house

Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a time to give back to the community and show thanks for what you have. York Catholic’s SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) hosted a coffee house on Nov. 21 as a unique way to donate goods to the Catholic Harvest Food Pantry and have fun at the same time.

Ms. Deborah Auchey is the leader of the SADD chapter at YC and came up with the idea to host a coffee house with the music program.

“We used to have coffee houses all the time when I was in college. I thought it would be a great idea to have a coffee house at YC as a safe place for kids to come and focus their talents for an evening of unity,” said Auchey.

The coffee house has become a YC tradition ever since.

A coffee house is a musical event that features talented teachers and students in singing and playing music. As an admission fee, students are encouraged to bring a canned good to donate to the Catholic Harvest Food Pantry.

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Twitter: How reliable is it?

Twitter is one of the most used social media networks. With so many users filling feeds with news articles, opinions and photos this brings up a question. Is this true?
According to Heidi Cohen when there is the most content on Twitter is when there is a greater chance of false information spreading. This is a result of the option to retweet, quote or favorite another’s tweet. Over a quarter of information on Twitter is false.

Twitter is not just intended for personal use but it’s beneficial for journalists to spread their stories. They can gain hundreds of viewers just from one of their followers retweeting a link to their story.
Lisa Turner, a Central York High School teacher, specializes in 21 Century literacy skills. The class discusses the media bias, reliability and credibility of information, and critical thinking skills. Turner said, “the amount of false information posted by someone is determined by their knowledge of social media, and critical thinking skills.”

According to Turner in April of 2013 the Boston Marathon bombing is when she saw the most information being posted. Not only was the most information being posted but also contradicting information being posted also. But if the information was consistent with all sources this would have cleared any doubt. Immediately after the bombing, AP and Reuters tweeted inaccurate information according to Turner. CNN tweeted April 15, 2013 that possible suspects had been apprehended and were in custody. This turned out to untrue because days after the tweet, Dzhokhar Tsamsaev was captured after a two hour standoff in a Watertown neighborhood.

Another example of this can be the Ferguson case that included Michael Brown and Darren Wilson. This is when Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown with multiple gunshot wounds, Protesters from around the country took to social media to voice their opinion. Not only did protestors but witnesses of the murder like Dorian Johnson did too. The lost credibility of witnesses can attribute to the decision made by the grand jury to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

CNN Michael Brown Story

Some tactics Turner uses when determining whether a post is true or not has some contributing factors. Are they where the news occurred? What types of accounts do they follow? Do they attribute sources? Is their information corroborated with other sources? Do they tweet about the topic frequently? These are all questions you need to ask yourself when analyzing whether or not a source is credible.

According to Media Bistro, Twitter is used by 297 million users worldwide. It is also viewed by future employers and college admissions.

Active Twitter Users

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Holiday volunteering opportunities for teenagers in York, Pa.

The holiday season comes with an abundance of food, presents, family, and time.

Without school to keep students busy, finding something to fill the empty space may be difficult.

The one of the best ways to get more out of the holiday season is to help others. Volunteering, especially during this time of the year, is extremely beneficial to the community.

For example, Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and families are rushing to get ready. Except, some families are struggling to make do this year. According to Feeding America, 1 in 7 people in Pennsylvania lose the fight against hunger. They go without food on an everyday basis, so extravagant celebrations like Thanksgiving are definitely out of the question.

Many organizations in York are trying to stop hunger from gaining more ground, including the York County Food Bank, the Catholic Harvest Food Pantry, and Wholy Chicken.

Teenagers are in a unique position to help these organizations. As young volunteers, they can bring enthusiasm and strength to the community.

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The Five Common App Questions and Their Answers

First: The Common Application sign-up process is a torturous and Gilliam-esque bureaucratic maze that cannot be duplicated in any circle of hell. They won’t be sated until your password has at least eight characters, a capital letter, a lowercase letter, a number and a sigil of the Shift key, and even then you’ve got to throw up every meaningful detail about yourself before you can be granted access to the hallowed halls of academia.

And you’re sunk if you fill in anything the wrong way. Because I’m just a stud, I wrote the current date as my birth date down in the section where that goes, and it booted me off the site because I was under 13. Forever. Like, they wouldn’t let me do anything but go back to the main page. If I didn’t have a Gmail account to sign up with as well I’d be living in a trash bag for the rest of my life! So many close calls.

Well, at least I'm not alone.

I dare you to find information in that paragraph.


Second: Why, yes, indeed it is Nov. 20. And yes, I realize that most people have already applied and many already know where they’re going and have entire arrangements made out already. Well, the earliest deadline among any of my colleges is halfway through December, and starting work on these applications a month early is, in my opinion, early enough.

Now, there are five writing prompts on the Common Application, and today, as your loyal essayist, I have answered them all. Masterpieces of the modern nonfiction form, they are. Enjoy.

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YDR journalists say empathy is key

“I’m a person before I’m a journalist.” Brandie Kessler, a general assignment reporter with the York Daily Record, states this as she explains collecting information for stories. Hannah Sawyer, a city reporter for the YDR, stresses that empathy is key.

Sawyer and Kessler joined the Teen Takeover meeting on Nov. 6. The two answered questions about interviewing and their experiences as reporters.

People retelling their stories, especially if it was a traumatic event, can find relaying the story to be cathartic. Also, building a relationship with sources allows for more of the story to come out and for more detail to be collected. Kessler and Sawyer agreed on all of these points and especially stressed that in all situations, as a reporter, accuracy is most important.

–Annie Kurz

Teen Takeover student Spencer Blake also wrote up a summary from the visit. Here is what he wrote:

You must get to the point and not ramble on, said Brandie Kessler at a Teen Takeover meeting that took place at the York Daily Record. Another essential part of journalism is to be as organized as possible. This was also said by Kessler at the same Teen Takeover meeting.

–Spencer Blake

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Quiz: What TV high school would you go to?

High school has its countless ups and downs, with drama and stress at every corner. Waking up early and going to bed late makes for a life that is as far from glamorous as Hollywood makes it seem.

But, what if it was possible to actually go to one of those well decorated, and totally improbable, TV high schools? And if so, what high school would be the best fit for you? Take the quiz below to find out what halls of Hollywood’s finest educational sets you would grace.

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