York Daily Record/Sunday News Keystone awards 2015

According to its website, The Keystone Press Awards reinforce excellence by individuals in the newspaper profession, by recognizing journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers, and faithfully fulfills its First Amendment rights/responsibilities. 

Take a look at the York Daily Record/Sunday News’ winners for 2015. 

Investigative reporting

Fix Pa.’s killer dams – honorable mention

Pennsylvania has more than 3,000 low-head dams, which experts describe as perfect drowning machines. The best way to eliminate the danger of these obsolete mill dams is to remove them. Pennsylvania has been a national leader in dam removal — and it is one of just two states with laws requiring warning signs and exclusion zones around dams. But there is a simple way to make these dams safer and help fish migrate upstream: Rock ramps that convert dams into rapids.

Special projects

First place: Striving to be stellar: Olympic dreams drive Chance Marsteller 

Second place: Back to Boston (watch the film)

Pushing back against the bombing terror they survived last year, thousands will venture back to Boston for the annual 26.2-mile rite of spring, the Boston Marathon. For these York-area athletes, this race is personal, but their stance is unified: They are runners. So they will run.

Series

First place: Fall all-star series 

Sports event coverage

Second place: Penn State storms back to win last-second thriller in Ireland 

Sports/outdoor column

First place: Frank Bodani – This baseball man was about a lot more than the game; A four-day Irish blur in the name of Penn State football and blood pudding; We can all learn from Neil Klinedinst, the ultimate Susquehannock fan

Honorable mention: Steve Navaroli – From A to Z: The YAIAA year in review for 2013-13; Central York’s Brad Livingston is a rare breed of coach; Ron Miller leaves a legacy to remember

Feature story

First place: Frank Bodani - Penn State’s Pete Curkendall and his wife give love and their lives to a family of ‘underdogs’

News feature story

Second place: Mike Argento – Tom Wolf’s Election Day

Personality profile

First place: Mike Argento – Invisible among us

Feature beat reporting

Second place: Health beat, Rebecca Hanlon

News photo

Second place: Paul Kuehnel – Body of missing boater found

Photo story/essay

Second place: Chris Dunn – Forever her child

Honorable mention: Kate Penn, Jason Plotkin, Paul Kuehnel, Chris Dunn – Tom Wolf on Election Day

Headline writing

Honorable mention: Mike Argento – An email from (redacted); Nothing to fear but Ebola itself; When art imitates life — or art

Video story 

First place: Kate Penn and Back to Boston

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YDR’s street team at York St. Patrick’s Day Parade: On the other side of the lens

Part of the York, Pa., Daily Record’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade crew. (Wonder how many times that newly installed YDR logo on the Great Wall at 1891 Loucks Road will be used as a backdrop for photos? This is already No. 2; Buffy Andrews’ made No. 1).

More St. Pat’s Parade photos below … .

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

Kathy Jansen, left, a psychologist and trauma specialist with York Hospital, and Lt. Marc Junkerman (orange tie) of the Harford (Md.) County Sheriff's Office, talked about trauma and peer-support to a group of Digital First Media journalists on Thursday.

Kathy Jansen, left, a psychologist and trauma specialist with WellSpan, and Lt. Marc Junkerman (orange tie) of the Harford (Md.) County Sheriff’s Office, talked about trauma and peer-support to a group of Digital First Media journalists on Thursday. (Jason Plotkin photo)

Right now, the idea of a peer-support program for journalists who cover stories of trauma is something new and different for the YDR and for Digital First Media newsrooms in Pennsylvania.

But we hope that, in time, it becomes second nature — like deciding on the best photos from a shoot, or tweeting breaking news, or planning for coverage of a major news event.

Fifteen journalists from 11 news organizations in the state spent a day at the YDR, learning about trauma, resilience and peer-support from a distinguished group: Elana Newman, research director at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma; Kathy Jansen, psychologist with WellSpan and leader of York County’s Critical Incident Stress Management team; Lt. Marc Junkerman of the Harford (Md.) County Sheriff’s Office and a CISM coordinator; Lisa Millar, North American correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Company, a pioneer with its peer-support program; and Kate Black, associate director of the Dart Center.

The DFM journalists are pioneers, too. DFM is the first U.S.-based news organization to begin developing a peer-support program. The Dart Center has provided support and guidance in a partnership that began in May 2014, when about 20 DFM staffers spent a day and a half of training with the center’s executive director, Bruce Shapiro.

He laid the groundwork for what would become the peer-support program that we officially kicked off on Thursday. The focus: Understand trauma on a deeper, cultural level so you can be better journalists; and, because journalists can be affected by what they cover, learn to take care of one another.

The ultimate goal is to cover trauma survivors with greater knowledge and sensitivity, and to recognize when a colleague might need help dealing with a difficult assignment.

The day began with attendees sharing personal stories of difficult assignments they’ve had.

The faculty then led the group through research on trauma and how it affects journalists, what trauma does to a person and why peer support works, and practical advice on detailed ways to to use our guidelines and make our program work.

Elana Newman, research director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, talks about how trauma can affect journalists on Thursday at the YDR.

Elana Newman, research director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, talks about how trauma can affect journalists on Thursday at the YDR. (Jason Plotkin photo)

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Scenes from around the York Daily Record – and at home

The newly lettered wall at the YDR. After Buffy, a writer of many successful books, tweeted this, I replied: “What? None of your books up there with you. Unusual missed opportunity.” So, I’ll give her a plug: Here’s her Amazon.com fan page.


 

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

peersupportforblogpostThursday is a big day for us.

We’ll be hosting several colleagues from Digital First Media’s Pennsylvania newsrooms, as well as a few of our own YDR staffers, to kick off our trauma journalism peer-support program.

The program, and this day, started a couple years ago when photojournalist Jason Plotkin and I started wondering how we could better prepare journalists, especially young ones, for some of the toughest assignments they’ll face — photographing a mother whose child died in an accident, talking to a family who lost everything in a fire, seeing the pain on someone’s face when a reporter or photographer approaches at the most difficult of moments.

When a survivor wants to tell her story, our staffers should know how best to work with someone who has been through trauma; those interviews are unlike any others. And when a journalist comes back to the newsroom carrying the emotion of the assignment — guilt, fear, anger, sadness — his colleagues should know how to help him.

That’s what the peer-support program is about. It was created, with help and guidance from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, by a handful of DFM journalists — Shahid Abdul-Karim and Rich Scinto of the New Haven (Conn.) Register; John Berry, then of the Register-Citizen in Torrington, Conn. and now of The Trentonian; Caitlin Morris, then of The Saratogian; Kate Penn of the YDR; Katy Petiford of The (Hanover) Evening Sun; and me.

We created guidelines that any newsroom can use to learn more about how coverage of trauma and conflict can affect journalists, and how they can help each other and themselves; as well as best practices for reporting with knowledge and respect about tragedy and trauma survivors. Ultimately, we envision every newsroom on DFM’s East Coast will have at least one peer supporter, and beyond that, a network of them at other organizations who are ready when called on.


On Thursday in our newsroom, we’ll learn from experts in this field: Lisa Millar of the Australian Broadcasting Company, whose organization is one of the first to have a peer-support program (see video); Elana Newman, research director for the Dart Center; and York County’s own Kathy Jansen, a trauma specialist at York Hospital and head of the county’s Critical Incident Stress Management team.

Our peer-support effort is not to say that every journalist has to be affected, or be affected in the same way. Some take on the most harrowing assignments and are OK. That’s fine. For others, the story or the interaction linger, and can cause distress — and that has to be fine, too, if we are to be not only better journalists, but better people.

A reporter who covers a fatal accident won’t be required to come back to the newsroom and sit down with a peer-supporter. That would be silly. But that reporter will know she can if she needs to, and that a peer-supporter will have the tools and the language to help at a crucial time. We think that’s vital.

Related posts and stories:

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

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Journalists are first responders, joining police, firefighters, fire policemen and emergency medical workers, on the front lines. For some journos, this work can be taxing mentally and physically. The York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News has developed a program to address trauma in journalism and to train journalists in reporting on victims of trauma.

The YDR has won honorable mention in Editor and Publisher’s 10 Newsrooms that Do it Right competition.

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Cheers to a successful FlipSidePA Happy Hour

From left, FlipSidePA Lebanon Editor Michael Waterloo, FlipSidePA York reporter Abbey Zelko and FlipSidePA Editor Ashley May.  Photo courtesy of MINT photobooth

From left, FlipSidePA Lebanon Editor Michael Waterloo, FlipSidePA York reporter Abbey Zelko and FlipSidePA Editor Ashley May. Photo courtesy of MINT photobooth.


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Ralph Real and the Family Band brought the funk, MINT photobooth captured the moment and the Offcenter Grille satisfied our hunger and thirst.

Our FlipSidePA Happy Hour was powered by a lot of people that know how to have fun.

I loved meeting new locals and reconnecting with some familiar faces Saturday at the The Yorktowne Hotel’s Offcenter Grille on the last day of Restaurant Week York.

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Hanover Eagle: ‘I’m huge in newspapers’


Mr. Hanover Eagle…or is it Mrs.? Yes, you are … .

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And proof is at right … .

 

 

 

 

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Poll: Executions and the theater of punishment

Courtesy of York County Heritage Trust

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There may be a moratorium on executions in Pennsylvania, but if last week’s local poll on the subject is any indication, the fight for the death penalty’s survival has barely begun.
The conventional wisdom in survey research is that people — Americans especially — like to gravitate toward the centrist answers on public opinion polls. We like to think of ourselves as moderate, middle-of-the-road.
Extremism is downright un-American.
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Put your trust in more than polls

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If a poll falls flat in the wilderness of the World Wide Web, does it still make a sound?
I hope so, at least eventually. Last week’s opinion-page poll on the York County Heritage Trust drew just 29 responses.
Now, when someone asks me a question, I like to think about it before answering. And it may be that all this talk about the future of the Trust is still too new for most to have much of an opinion.
No doubt the members of the Trust, at least, as given the matter considerable attention, given the thoughtful and candid nature of their report exploring the historical society’s future options.
As it was, keeping the Trust’s 10 buildings got six votes, a little more than 20 percent of our small sample, even if that meant reducing hours or closing the Agricultural Museum. Consolidating the Trust’s resources at its East Market Street location got six votes, while consolidating over at the Ag Museum instead got nine. Finally, centering the Trust’s many activities near the Rail Trail and Codorus Creek got the most votes.
Of course, all those things cost money, so they will take public support if they are ever going to be more than silent visions on the World Wide Web. The Trust could play a key role in vibrant, revitalized future for the city.
But all a poll or a report can do is raise questions. How they get answered will be up to all of us.
This week’s poll question asks about Gov. Tom Wolf’s death-penalty moratorium, a topic on which I suspect most folks will have a ready opinion. Go to ydr.com/opinion to make your point of view count.

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