We’ve moved to a new site!

YDR Insider has moved to another platform on the York Daily Record’s new website, WWW.YDR.COM.

Our new address is http://www.ydr.com/blog/ydrinsider/. So please bookmark it to see new stories and photos.

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New experience awaits YDR readers

The new homepage of ydr.com offers easy navigation and the ability

The new homepage of ydr.com offers easy navigation and the ability to quickly slide from article to article.

Odds are, you are reading this article on a smartphone.

If not, probably a tablet or your desktop computer at work.

And some of you are holding a piece of paper with ink on it.

You might have found this article on the home page of YDR.com, or on our new mobile app. Perhaps you followed a link from Facebook. And maybe you are walking toward your house after having plucked the paper off the driveway and noticed the headline on the front page.

Every day, readers consume the work of the York Daily Record/Sunday News across many platforms, each with its own advantages and peculiar needs.

Next week, our media company launches new tools that will significantly improve your ability to read news across the spectrum of mobile, web, tablet and print.

Website: At YDR.com, you will notice faster updates, bolder use of photos, easier-to-follow navigation and article pages that are more attractive, inviting and useful. News alerts will help you know right away when something that matters to you has just happened. You will find it easy to share stories and photos with your friends, and to comment on any story. Click an arrow at the sides of any article and quickly slide into the next article posted. And you can tailor the basic design of the home page just by toggling a display button.

The mobile presentation adapts to adapts and adjusts to any device.

The mobile presentation adapts to adapts and adjusts to any device.

Mobile app: 

If you launch your old standby YDR app today, you should be prompted to go to the app store and download a new version of the free YDR app. If you’ve never used our app, now is a great time to try it — just go to the app store and search for “York Daily Record.” This speedy presentation of all the day’s news is one of the fastest ways to keep up with local happenings. You should find that more articles are layered with photos, videos and links to related material. The YDR app will keep you up to date and entertained all day and all night.

Search and social: Many of our changes will improve your ability to find YDR content when using Google or other search engines. We will continue to use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many other social media sites to keep you apprised of the latest news and the stories that are trending locally.

 

Print:

Look for fresh, bold designs and more national coverage in the newspaper.

Look for fresh, bold designs and more national coverage in the newspaper.

The paper in your hands should still look and feel like the York Daily Record. But you will notice articles and photos that are more eye-catching and inviting. The typography is a bit easier to read. In fact, you might have already noticed the improved design of the obituaries, which first appeared in the paper last week. You will also see more outstanding articles and photos from our parent company, Gannett. We are part of the largest newspaper company in America, which publishes everything from the Arizona Republic to USA Today. This vast network will help fuel a morning paper that will be harder and harder to put down.

In the end, of course, design schemes and tech tools mean nothing if they don’t help you navigate your day, make better decisions and better understand your community. Every reporter, photographer, clerk and editor at YDR is committed to improving your local news experience. We understand that the York Daily Record is a critical public service designed to inform, entertain, document and reflect the everyday moments and once-in-a-lifetime events that shape York County. We are excited because these new tools will help us improve those efforts on your behalf.

So in the coming days, flip through your paper. Swipe your app. Scroll through the website. And tell us how we are doing. We hope you feel compelled to encourage your friends to try #AllNewYDR.

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YDR trauma journalism, reader initiative efforts recognized with two statewide awards

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The recent Fixing York community forum was part of a York Daily Record/Sunday News initiative that won a big state award – the Readership Initiative Award.

We’re honored that the Pennsylvania Newsmedia Association has recognized the York Daily Record/Sunday News with two statewide awards, revealed Thursday:

  • The YDR’s trauma journalism/peer-support program received the 2015 Public Service Award, given to one news organization, regardless of circulation size, that “has helped improve the community through public service leadership.” The YDR, working with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, has focused on training in best practices to cover stories of trauma and conflict, including interviewing with sensitivity, for example; and it has created a peer-support program in which journalists are trained to help take care of each other before, during and after they cover traumatic stories. It’s the ninth time since 2002 that the YDR has won this award, for various efforts. Judges said:

    “This is the unequivocal choice for the Public Service Award. By linking the oft-overlooked emotional wellbeing of journalists to more sensitive reporting about people and communities in distress, the newspaper has created a program that connects reporters to the people they are covering. Traditionally, in this business, we have stressed the need for journalists to cultivate detachment and to practice objectivity, and these values remain an integral part of the profession. But the YDR has taken things a giant step further by nurturing a bond between reporter and subject that has usually been considered taboo, but that will, we believe, provide great benefit to journalists, the stories they write and the communities their newspaper serves.
    “YDR has launched an effort that already has achieved statewide, regional and national impact.”

  • The YDR also received the 2015 Reader Initiative Award, given to a news organization regardless of size, and which “honors the efforts by Pennsylvania member news companies that continue to accept the challenge of growing readership through innovative initiatives.” The efforts cited were “ ‘Fixing York,’ a Facebook community to help people call attention to problems and connect them with solutions; ‘No Sweat York,’ a fitness initiative with free fitness classes in the YDR’s back yard and a blog with healthy recipes and home workout suggestions; ‘Teen Takeover‘ involving high school students who meet monthly with newsroom staffers to learn about journalism from AP style to digital multimedia tools; ‘GameTimePA.com,’ a multimedia sports coverage experience presenting results and statistics in depth; and ‘NewsVroom,’ a mobile media van that acts as a classroom and remote newsroom.” It’s the seventh time the YDR has won this award since 2006; it has received second-place honors two other times. Judges said:

    “Any one of the initiatives cited in this entry meet the innovation criteria for this award, and taken as a whole were very impressive. York displays the innovation or new idea component multiple times. In today’s environment, innovation should lead the efforts, which hopefully leads to new audiences and tighter ties with existing audiences. And, if interdepartmental cooperation isn’t a given, something’s wrong.”

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Newspaper of the Year

YDR Content Editor Susan Martin put the results of yet another contest out to the staff:

More good contest news!

This time it’s the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s Newspaper of the Year awards.
We won our division, earning the General Excellence Award.
In the individual categories, which are based on overall work both online and in print, not one particular project, we earned:

First Place: News excellence
First Place: News presentation
Second Place: Best use of photography
Second Place: Diversity
First Place: Community service (this included our efforts on Fixing York and No Sweat)
First Place: Best use of video

These honors come on the heals of some other good news recently.

As you’ll recall, we just won the statewide Public Service award and the statewide Readership Initiative award. Also, we won the Accountants award for our North York financial investigations.

Congratulations to all.

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National recognition:
Eppy Award finalists, Editor and Publisher. (Winners of these two categories to be soon notified).

Best Use of Social Media/Crowd Sourcing with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
Chattanooga Strong: A city mourns, a city heals – Chattanooga Times Free Press
Fixing York – York Daily Record/Sunday News
Holiday Hills shooting, manhunt – Shaw Media KUsports.com live game blogs – The World Company –

Best News or Event Feature Video with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
Domestic Abuse: Why he did it – York Daily Record/Sunday News
Philadelphia’s Glass Making Culture – Philadelphia Glass Land
Temple University TU South Africa- Buskaid: Bringing Music to the Township – Temple University

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Yorkblog history bloggers honored by Preservation Pennsylvania

From left, Scott Mingus, Stephen Smith, June Lloyd and Jim McClure at the Preservation Pennsylvania awards ceremony Sept. 25 at the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg. These Yorkblog history bloggers were honored for shining a light on local historic preservation efforts.

From left, Scott Mingus, Stephen Smith, June Lloyd and Jim McClure at the Preservation Pennsylvania awards ceremony Sept. 25 at the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg. These Yorkblog history bloggers were honored for shining a light on local historic preservation efforts.

Five bloggers who focus on York County history were honored by Preservation Pennsylvania at the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg Sept. 25. The bloggers received Initiative Awards from the statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant properties. Here’s what the event program said about the bloggers:

For those who love and live in the York County area, the online blogs at YorkBlog.com serve as both an information outlet and a platform for discussion of community news, politics, lifestyle, sports – and especially the area’s rich local history. The website features blogs by York Daily Record/Sunday News staff members as well as community blogs by York County residents. In “York Town Square,” York Daily Record editor Jim McClure shares his passion for local history and journalism and “proves that all roads do lead to York.”

Lifelong Yorker Joan Concilio talks about all the things that make York County unique – and sometimes weird – in her blog “Only in York County.” The “Cannonball” blog allows author Scott Mingus to explore York County’s rich Civil War heritage, while Stephen H. Smith shares a hodgepodge of explorations in “York’s Past.” Finally, in “Universal York,” historian June Lloyd looks at how things have converged on the town, past and present.

Collectively, these blogs inform residents about obscure history that might be forgotten otherwise, highlight new historical research resources available to local residents, and create a forum for discussion of current community preservation issues. No other newspaper in Pennsylvania has reported on historic preservation in such a consistent and positive manner. For 10 years and through approximately 8,000 posts, the history blogging team has placed a bright spotlight on local preservation efforts and a colorful kaleidoscope of York County’s rich history.

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An important message: Journalists supporting journalists in wake of WDBJ shooting

York is the world’s biggest small town, Jim McClure has said more than once.

So it was no surprise that a Facebook post would pop up from someone from York who was visiting someone in Roanoke, Va., recently in the national news, and who had run into a reminder of home.

But it was great to see that the York resident, Brittany Figdore, was so nice as to post a photo and a kind comment (below) about the YDR newsroom’s effort to support journalists in and around Roanoke, near where two journalists were shot and killed while doing a live broadcast for WDBJ-TV.

And then Renee Ellis, a member of the Fixing York PA Facebook page, was kind enough to share it there.

Our newsroom staff responded with generosity to the idea of supporting WDBJ and other journalists in Roanoke — and to be sure, it was one of many, many instances of newsrooms reaching out to WDBJ in the wake of the shooting. Our staffers’ response tells you about the kind of people they are, and I also think our focus on trauma-aware journalism played a part. So we’re happy if the word gets around about the importance of journalists supporting journalists.

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Related posts and stories:

In Pennsylvania, a trauma journalism movement is taking its first steps

Trauma journalism: YDR, Digital First Media embrace peer-support effort at kickoff seminar

Trauma experts help YDR, Digital First Media kick off peer support program for journalists

Montgomery County shooting: Extraordinary story calls for focus on trauma journalism

Peer support initiative scores an honorable mention in E & P’s 10 Newsrooms that do it Right Competition

A top York Daily Record/York Newspaper Co.’s goal in 2015: ‘Be a great workplace’

Surely this is York County at its best. And worst

YDR welcomes a new class of journalists, leaders

Brain science and journalism: A trauma survivor’s memory is still forming when she might be giving an interview. What does that mean for those asking the questions?

On improving our coverage of trauma victims — and taking care of the journalists who tell those stories

Dart Center resources for journalists

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Quiz: Test your English smarts

Just for fun, take our Playbuzz quiz and see how many you get right! Don’t forget to share your answer.

Check out more digital tools on Buffy’s World.

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York Fair: Meet YDR, FlipSidePa staffers

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Guess who’s coming to the York Fair? WE ARE! Meet YDR and FlipSidePa staffers at our booth in Memorial Hall. You can buy souvenir fair bags and enter our Alabama Concert Ticket Contest. Here’s your one-stop for all things York Fair.

Don't miss YDR and FlipSide staffers at the York Fair. We'll be there throughout the week at our booth in Memorial Hall. We hope to see you there!

Don’t miss YDR and FlipSide staffers at the York Fair. We’ll be there throughout the week at our booth in Memorial Hall. We hope to see you there!

Shout out to our NewsVroom sponsor, Beshore and Koller Ford of Manchester, Pa.

Shout out to our NewsVroom sponsor, Beshore and Koller Ford of Manchester, Pa.

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FlipSidePa draws crowd at Foodstruck

FlipSidePa had a blast meeting readers at Foodstruck Labor Day weekend at Penn Park in York. The weather was gorgeous, the food was delicious and the entertainment was great. Here are some photos from the event. Also, don’t miss the cool FlipSidePA slideshow full of great shots from our photo booth.

Our FlipSide tent provided shade for those looking for a cool place to eat. The favor boxes were a big hit along with our photo booth.  FlipSide also gave away concert tickets.

Our FlipSide tent provided shade for those looking for a cool place to eat. The favor boxes were a big hit along with our photo booth. FlipSide also gave away concert tickets.

These beautiful floral arrangements were made by Foster's Flowers. We loved how she incorporated Flipside's colors and logo into the design.

These beautiful floral arrangements were made by Foster’s Flowers. We loved how she incorporated Flipside’s colors and logo into the design.

FlipSidePa Editor Ashley May, right, and FlipSidePa reporter Abbey Zelko, greeted fans throughout the day. One reader said," You ladies are really knocking it out of the park." We think so, too!

FlipSidePa Editor Ashley May, right, and FlipSidePa reporter Abbey Zelko, greeted fans throughout the day. One reader said,” You ladies are really knocking it out of the park.” We think so, too!

Trees were popular spots during Foodstruck. This one near the FlipSide tent was especially popular.

Trees were popular spots during Foodstruck. This one near the FlipSide tent was especially popular.

Cindi and George take a well-deserved break from meeting and greeting the public.

Cindi and George take a well-deserved break from meeting and greeting the public.

Carol and John, who live in Shrewsbury, stopped by to tell us how much they enjoy reading FlipSide, both in print and online. They said FlipSide helps them plan their weekend.

Carol and John, who live in Shrewsbury, stopped by to tell us how much they enjoy reading FlipSide, both in print and online. They said FlipSide helps them plan their weekend.

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United Way campaign at 1891 Loucks: ‘That’s a wonderful contribution to our community’

United Way Raffle August 2015 United Way Spirit Week at 1891 Loucks Road featured a Basket Raffle and Penny Wars. Those competitive fundraisers garnered more than $1,000.

President/Publisher Sara Glines’ thank you note to 1891 Loucks Road staff members for their involvement in a successful 2015 United Way campaign:

“Our United Way campaign has ended and raised $10,258 for local programs.

“That’s a wonderful contribution to our community. Continue reading

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FlipSidePA kicks off York City Boutique Week

FlipSidePA Editor Ashley May, second from right, poses with York City Boutique Week models at the FlipSidePA Happy Hour at White Rose Bar and Grill.

FlipSidePA Editor Ashley May, second from right, poses with York City Boutique Week models at the FlipSidePA Happy Hour at White Rose Bar and Grill.

Tuesday, FlipSidePA kicked off York City Boutique Week with food, fashion and fun. First, I hosted the Fall Trends Luncheon at Tutoni’s Restaurant on George Street. Guests enjoyed Tutoni’s Watermelon Gazpacho, Brogue Hydroponics Field Green Salad and mini desserts. Plus, The Beer Ace offered Yards PYNK beer, a champagne-like brew. In between bites and sips, models wearing the latest fall fashions from local boutiques walked a catwalk. Guests could purchase most of the items at the event. See photos from the event here.
Then, models strutted to the FlipSidePA Happy Hour at the White Rose Bar and Grill.

There, guests enjoyed free appetizers and discounted drinks from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. provided by White Rose Bar and Grill. The featured specialty drinks included the FlipCider, a hard apple cider cocktail, and the Silk Blouse, a passion fruit pink cocktail. Guests who came dressed to impress could also step inside our FlipSidePA photo booth. See the photos here. DJ Mike Love dropped beats as models showed off their local looks on the catwalk and he emceed our fashion trivia.   Continue reading

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