York Daily Record wins third consecutive statewide FOI award

rescuedChris Dunn scored a first place in Keystone Press Awards competition with this photograph of rescue during York County flooding in 2013. She was one of a host of York Daily Record Sunday News staffers who earned awards in recent competitions.

The York Daily Record/Sunday News won a host of awards in statewide competition, including the prestigious John V.R. Bull Award for freedom of information work.

This is the third straight year that the YDR staff won the award in competition against all circulation sizes. We’ve won this award 7 times since 2002.

We also won a total of 15 awards in the Keystone Press Awards competition and 11 in the annual Pennsylvania Association Press Managing Editors contest: Continue reading

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One Smart woman: April Trotter captures E&P’s 25 under 35 honors

April Trotter has been named to Editor & Publisher’s 25 under 35 list. E & P said of the award: ‘Our nomination form for this year’s 25 Under 35 feature asked for “people who are young, bright, and capable of tackling whatever the changing newspaper climate throws at them. People with business acumen to lead through trying times and vision to implement bold, new strategies to move their newspapers forward.”

Smart editor April Trotter has been named to respected trade publication Editor & Publisher’s 25 under 35 award.

This is the second straight year a YDR staff has garnered the honors. GameTimePa.com editor Lyzz Jones was on the list last year.

Congratulations to April.

Here’s what E & P wrote:

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Marc Charisse introduces Magic Trick Mondays

Well, so far, it’s only been one Monday. But this could become a tradition.

Leave a comment if you think you know how he pulls this one off.

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It’s DFMie time and the winner is … York Daily Record and Denver Post tie with four each

JASON-PLOTKIN-261x300Jason Plotkin, Digital First Media’s Journalist of the Year for Mid-Sized Dailies. Will his Superman abilities be enough to gain top prize as DFM’s overall Journalist of the Year?

My note to our staff, edited and excerpted, after we learned of our DFMie successes:

Results are in for the DFMies, our company’s journalism awards competition.

Congratulations to our winners – and our entire staff.

Here are the headlines, thanks to Brad Jennings, who assessed the results: Continue reading

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Page 2 feature didn’t work for YDR readers, so we made a change

Sometimes, a news organization tries something, and it doesn’t work.

That was the case with “Start Your Day Here,” a Page 2 feature in the York Daily Record/Sunday News since October.

Reader told us that it contains news that didn’t work for them, and they also told us that we needed to put more national and international news in the newspaper.

So, we made some changes, ending up with the following note in the YDR this week: Continue reading

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The story behind our new ‘Picturing History’ series

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I started the Picturing History project earlier this year at The Evening Sun in Hanover.

The idea behind the project was simple: Try to visually represent the change that has happened in the communities I was covering.

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York County’s most wanted: 148 apprehended so far


There was back and forth for years about doing a York County most wanted list here at the paper. The logistics kept catching us off guard.

If we got photos and information from the York County Sheriff’s Office, how would we post it? How would we keep it up to date so that if people have been apprehended it’s not incorrect on our site.

In the end, I started working with Cpl. Chad Cassel and the YDR Most Wanted started in January 2013. In total, the list has helped the Sheriff’s Office apprehend 148 people, according to the latest report from Cassel.

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YWCA’s ’25 Extraordinary Women of York County’: Buffy Andrews is on prestigious list

buffThe York Daily Record’s Buffy Andrews is one of the York YWCA’s 25 Extraordinary Women of York County. Buffy, indeed, is extraordinary.

Let’s see. We could introduce Buffy Andrews as a recipient of the YW’s Extraordinary Women award in a number of ways.

How about YDR Managing Editor’s Randy Parker’s intro on his Facebook page: Continue reading

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NewsVroom helped York Daily Record score among ’10 Newspapers That Do It Right’

The NewsVroom is seen at its unveiling in 2012. The mobile journalism and technology lab is regularly driven by York Daily Record/Sunday News journalists and colleagues at the York Newspaper Co. and MediaOnePa. Just minutes before this photo was made, YDR Managing Editor Randy Parker, the main driver of this project, motored the van up to 1891 Loucks Road. The YDR used the NewsVroom as the vehicle to rank its newsroom among Editor & Publisher’s ’10 Newspapers That Do It Right.’

The NewsVroom’s colorful story begins: Continue reading

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Follow YDR journalists Sean Adkins and Ed Mahon at NICAR 2014

Sean Adkins and I will be tweeting from a computer-assisted reporting conference in Baltimore for the next few days.

Follow our adventures.

–Ed Mahon, politics and government reporter.

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