A peek down the holiday chimney at 1891 Loucks Road, York, Pa.

It’s Dec. 16, and that means we’re smack dab in the middle of the holiday season.

What Dec. 16 also means is that the holidays are smack dab here at the York Daily Record/York Newspaper Company at 1891 Loucks Road.

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Here on Loucks Road, the York Newspaper Company has strung up the metaphorical tinsel and if we had enough, we’d surely have stockings hung up as well.

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We had a “ski” race, a memory game and several other events that put the “holiday” in “York Holiday Newspaper Company.” (So maybe that doesn’t actually exist. A  girl who listens to “The Nutcracker” on repeat can dream, right?)

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Happy holidays, and we’re hoping your winter is just as fun as ours.

Check out our page devoted to the day’s festivities:

A little joy comes to the York Newspaper Company

Grading the name that Christmas Carol contest. pic.twitter.com/wVc5jpjAvZ — Eileen Joyce (@sadandbritish) December 16, 2014 Today’s Dec. 16, and that means one thing at the York Newspaper Company: holiday party. It’s been cloudy and not as “White Christmas” as we’d want it in York County (we have a few more months, of course). There’s a “ski” relay at the YNC holiday party. pic.twitter.com/4ncknnLo2c — Eileen Joyce (@sadandbritish) December 16, 2014 We had a ski race, a memory contest and a…

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Signed,

Abigail Geiger (breaking news web producer)

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In Hanover, Pa., engaging office space – and community journalism

This is an outside-in view of The Evening Sun’s new digs on Hanover’s square. Keep your eye on that wonderful second-story window because you’ll see an inside-out view below.

The Evening Sun in Hanover is the York Daily Record’s sister newsroom – and a close sibling at that.

The newsroom is moving from its longtime Baltimore Street building to the old Tanger Hardware store building on Hanover’s square.

The staff rounded out its year by writing about its new neighborhood – Center Square – past, present and future.

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Making your York Sunday News Business Section even more local

changeThis is an draft of the cover of the York Sunday News’ Business Section for Dec. 14, 2014. The section has been reorganized to showcase more local content.

The York Daily Record/Sunday News is part of Digital First Media.

But we continue to tweak, change and improve the key part of our non-digital lineup – our print product, the newspaper.

Day content editor Kate Harmon, in a column, explains some of the behind-the-scenes work that will become public on Sunday:

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About free coffee and Angel Trees: York Daily Record/York Newspaper Co. engage with community

Folks, notice the free coffee for the first five who look up our reporters on Dec. 12.

Every day, people at the York Daily Record/Sunday News and York Newspaper Co. reach out to the community.

They do it in person, as we see above with the Green Bean appearance by business reporters Gary Haber and Brett Sholtis.

We do it in our 1891 Loucks Road plant, as evidenced by our involvement in the Angel Tree Program at the bottom.

We call it community engagement, a role we see as crucial in helping to make our community a community.

OK, here are other examples of engagement.

And don’t forget Gary and Brett … and that free coffee offer for the first five who engage with them.

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Sports portraits, or Sportraits? Either way, Chris Dunn did great work

All-star week arrives at the York, Pa., Daily Record.

Call them sports portraits. Or call them sportraits.

GameTimePa’s Chris Dunn’s photographic work capturing fall sports all-stars is striking.

In a note (edited below), the YDR’s Brad Jennings explained Chris’s work on these GameTimePa all-star portraits: Continue reading “Sports portraits, or Sportraits? Either way, Chris Dunn did great work” »

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YDR Christmas Emergency Fund sets $15,000 goal

Again this year, the York Daily Record/Sunday News is teaming up with York Traditions Bank to help raise money for the York County Food Bank. Last year, we collected $15,488 and this year we hope to raise $15,000 to help feed York County families.

Contribute to the cause through Jan. 1, and your name will be featured online and in print as a donor.

About 120 food pantries get assistance from the York County Food Bank. Throughout this month, we’ll tell you some of the stories of those who receive food and volunteer their time.

Find more information and read all the stories about the Christmas Emergency Fund and those who help make it happen here.

Send your check to:
YDR Christmas Emergency Fund
c/o York Traditions Bank
235 St. Charles Way
York, PA 17402

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YDR welcomes a new class of journalists, leaders

YDRU class of 2014, from left: Hafiz Rashid, breaking news web producer; Chad Houck,  copy editor/design center; Flint McColgan, county government/politics reporter; Gary Haber, business reporter; Gordon Rago, night police reporter; Brett Sholtis, business reporter; Teddy Feinberg, assistant sports editor; Abigail Geiger, breaking news web producer; Chris Beck, assistant editor/design center; Anthony Machcinski, breaking news web producer.

YDRU class of 2014, from left: Hafiz Rashid, breaking news web producer; Chad Houck, copy editor/design center; Flint McColgan, county government/politics reporter; Gary Haber, business reporter; Gordon Rago, night police reporter; Brett Sholtis, business reporter; Teddy Feinberg, assistant sports editor; Abigail Geiger, breaking news web producer; Chris Beck, assistant editor/design center; Anthony Machcinski, breaking news web producer. (Photo: Paul Kuehnel, Daily Record/Sunday News)

There’s a lot of talk these days about journalism training, and how some journalists say they’re not getting enough.

We’re trying to make sure that’s not the case here.

A group of our newest employees just finished YDRU, a big-picture course on the YDR’s history and culture that serves to welcome new staffers, teach them, and motivate them to do great journalism and become leaders in our newsroom. They participated in six one-hour sessions led by editors on topics such as the digital journalist, YDR core values, and ethics.

We’ve put on YDRU for years. But before that, this group attended a new training session, something we’re calling “Baseline skills” (perhaps for lack of a more elegant name). That session featured a day of 45-minute to one-hour sessions that covered the basic skills every new staffer needs to have to hit the ground running — from our content-management system to how to put up a photo assignment to doing police checks to covering stories of trauma and conflict to best practices on social media.

The new staffers have given us some great feedback on both sessions, and one message that was particularly great to hear:

Keep the training coming, they said.

We’ll do our best.

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Rusk Report, published in York Daily Record, nearing 20 years old

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The cover of the original Rusk Report of 1996, circulated to readers of the York, Pa., Daily Record. 

The Rusk Report is an often-cited document when discussions in York County turn to York City’s financial woes.

The 1996 report, and a followup document 6 years later, covered a lot of ground, and the two reports’ recommendations were widely distributed in special sections to readers of the York Daily Record and beyond.

Here’s a summary of report author David Rusk’s thinking about York County, excerpted from the second report:
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5 questions about Thanksgiving preprints for York Newspaper Co.’s Tom Norton

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Among other things, Tom Norton, operations veep of York Newspapers for more than two decades, oversees the millions of pieces of insert advertising that go into five newspapers under his domain in southcentral Pennnsylvania.

Nothing has captured his attention more in recent weeks than the preprints, as we call them, slated for distribution in Thanksgiving Day’s York Daily Record and its sister newspapers.

“The credit really goes to the managers and employees as they put in the long hours to prepare and follow through on all the papers we produce and insert,” Norton said.

So here are five questions – and answers – about the YDR preprints:

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York Daily Record graphic designer helps place fellow artist Lewis Miller in the spotlight

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The York, Pa., Daily Record’s Samantha Dellinger designed this cover for a recent book on the works of noted York County artist Lewis Miller.

Journalists engage their communities in many different ways – via social media or appearances around town.

Some York Daily Record/Sunday News journalists roll with the NewsVroom. Others do volunteer work in the community.

For years, YDR artist Samantha Dellinger has quietly designed covers for a variety of major York County Heritage Trust publications.

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