Newsroom visit from Dallastown librarian ends in good report card for YDR

 

 

A recent visit from the middle school librarian from Dallastown offered an interesting moment of insight for many of us at the York Daily Record.

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Jen Hendry, through the Educator In The Workplace program, spent three days in the newsroom, the Advertising department and the Audience Development department. In short, she wanted to see everything about our operation here at 1891 Loucks Road.

When Hendry first contacted me about this in the spring, I threw out a challenge that I did not expect her to take up. If she really wanted to understand the modern newsroom in three days, I said, she needed to work three different shifts. Without flinching, she agreed.

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Creating a new user experience on FlipSidePA

FlipSidePA received a little bit of a home page makeover last week to create a better user experience.

Instead of a topical breakdown on the home page, we’ve created a “river” of entertainment news (with much help from Keith Hartman and Brad Jennings), highlighting the most recent news and features on the site. All of the other pages are remaining the same at this point.

All of this comes on the heels of a new event calendar (also thanks to very heavy lifting from Brad and Keith), which we unveiled a couple of weeks earlier.FlipsidePA

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York Daily Record employees celebrate a #NewGannett

With the recent completion of the Gannett Company’s spinoff of its publishing division, employees from the York Daily Record, The Evening Sun (Hanover), Chambersburg Public Opinion and the Lebanon Daily News took to Twitter to celebrate a #NewGannett.

See their excitement in the Storify below.

And here’s a video of the festivities at YDR…

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York Daily Record’s oldest forerunner first published in 1796. Or was it 1795?

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The earliest known copy of Die York Gazette is dated May 20, 1796, No. 14. If you back up 14 weeks – assuming weekly publication – that means the German-language newspaper started in early 1796. Longtime Gazette & Daily owner J.W. Gitt maintained the newspaper, forerunner to his publication and the York Daily Record – first published in 1795.

 

 

 

 

The York Daily Record/York Sunday News has been in the news because it has a new owner – Gannett Co. Inc.

So for those seeking a little background on the new owner or a little history about the YDR’s oldest parent, this story will give you a little of both: “Solomon Meyer founded Die York Gazette, but his newspapering went downhill from there.”

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Engaging with York County, Pa.: Inside and outside 1891 Loucks Road

Around York County: Stories are everywhere … .
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When YDR journos are out in the public, we see stories everywhere. Here’s one from an invite for a staff member to present at a lively community organization. Ninety-something-year-old drummer Eugene Budesheim taps away at a Dallastown Golden Agers’ gathering, where he accompanied the group’s chorus in 4-5 numbers. A bit more about Bud. And a bit more about the Golden Agers.

 

A sampling of other recent moments in which YDR journos met the public … .

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What are the boundaries of “downtown York”?

A view of downtown York from Think Loud Development's rooftop patio. (Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News)

A view of downtown York from Think Loud Development’s rooftop patio. (Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News)

From time to time, this question comes up in the newsroom: What is “downtown York”?

Most people who have lived in this area for some time have a similar view of where downtown is — Continental Square, and some blocks from there in each direction.

But, people who are new to the area sometimes think of much more of the city as “downtown” — this might be an effect of the city as a whole being surrounded by populated areas (North York, West York, Spring Garden Township). And sometimes we slip in our coverage and use “downtown” for a location that should not be described that way. Continue reading “What are the boundaries of “downtown York”?” »

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How a modern journalist works: Creating interactive content that connects with the news

Every day, I try to be creative and think outside the box and connect with what’s going on around me. The content I create enriches what we have online and sometimes attracts readers who might not otherwise be interested.

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For example, I watch Game of Thrones and the Season 5 finale is June 14. So, to connect with a show a lot of people are talking about, I created a ContentTools Ranker in which you can to choose who you want dead and in what order. After last week’s episode, a lot of us have Stannis Baratheon at the top!

I also developed a “Game of Thrones” Playbuzz gallery quiz in which gamers match the quote to the character who said it. It’s a lot of fun. Try it! 

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York Daily Record journos: In and around York, Pa.

Another Teen Takeover season is in the books. But the team of high school journalists who train with York, Pa. Daily Record staff members and then submit their stories and photos for publication is set for next year. Thanks to the YDR’s Ed Mahon, Ashley May and Angie Mason for working with the teens this year.

Other York Daily Record/Sunday News journos spotted in the office – and around town. (If photos below don’t load on your mobile device, click on the links.)

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Dart Center, Digital First Media’s northeast properties kick off peer support program

Nine more journalists joined Digital First Media’s peer-support efforts at a seminar June 3 in Pittsfield, Mass. led by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma’s Bruce Shapiro and Elana Newman.

The seminar came a few weeks after a similar workshop at the York Daily Record attended by 15 journalists from DFM’s Pennsylvania properties.

Shapiro, Dart’s executive director, and Newman, the center’s clinical research director, talked to the group about how most journalists won’t have long-term effects from traumatic events they cover, but how research shows us that some will. Continue reading “Dart Center, Digital First Media’s northeast properties kick off peer support program” »

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Eight things I learned or remembered at #IRE15

I went to the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Philadelphia last week. Here are eight things I learned or remembered.

1. There are many cool ways of telling stories with Tableau Public.

I’ve used DataWrapper, Infogram and Fusion Tables. But I haven’t created anything with Tableau Public before. My plan is for that to change.

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