YDR on panel about the value of cameras in Pennsylvania’s courtrooms, other access issues

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Managing Editor Randy Parker of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, right, talks with York County President Judge Stephen Linebaugh before their appearance on a panel about public access to the courts.

Community engagement by York Daily Record staff takes place in many ways.

Sometimes, it comes via social media. Other times, through a NewsVroom appearance at a football game.

And sometimes, it comes from a journalist appearing on statewide TV. Continue reading “YDR on panel about the value of cameras in Pennsylvania’s courtrooms, other access issues” »

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Deb Wolf retiring after 46 years at York newspapers

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Deb Wolf of MediaOnePa’s Ad Services is retiring after 46 years.

Deb Wolf started at the York Dispatch in 1969.

Now that she’s retiring from her MediaOnePa Advertising Services position, an interesting statistic has emerged. Continue reading “Deb Wolf retiring after 46 years at York newspapers” »

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These 3 kinsmen of York Daily Record/York Newspaper Co. staff members tell interesting stories

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Well-known York countian Bill Walters brought three scrapbooks into 1891 Loucks Road to share interesting moments in his career. They were just packed with newspaper clippings detailing the years of private and public sector work since he arrived in York County in 1964. William J. Walters is the grandfather of The Evening Sun’s hard-working Mark Walters, who will soon join the York, Pa., Daily Record’s reporting staff. For more photos about those fact-filled clippings, check out: Walters’ scrapbook.

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There’s an old saying that news doesn’t happen in a newsroom.

That’s true, but occasionally ideas for stories just find you in a newsroom.

That was the case involving three relatives of staff at the York Daily Record and York Newspaper Co. at 1891 Loucks Road.

Here are  two more photos and stories, to join the tale of Bill Walters above, that I did after hearing about family members of co-workers who have interesting stories to tell.

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MediaOnePa’s team wins United Way Spirit Award

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MediaOnePa/York Newspaper Co. won the York County United Way Spirit Award presented at the agency’s annual award ceremony this week.

The United Way cited a silent auction and car wash in which the company’s operations committee washed the vehicles of staff at 1891 Loucks Road as examples of projects that prompted the award.

A York Daily Record/Sunday News story about the campaign and annual awards event led with:

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At NewsVroom event, GameTimePA’s reach extends to Italy

When we take the NewsVroom out in the community, you never know what you’re gonna get, as Forrest Gump would say.

Take Thursday night’s NewsVroom at Bermudian Springs, for instance. The Eagles’ annual wrestling match against Biglerville is always one of the most anticipated events of the season. The teams have combined to win the last nine YAIAA Division II titles, and Bermudian clinched the Division III title on Thursday night.

Before the match, we met Amy Sponseller, who was using Skype to talk to her daughter in Italy. And that’s where this story takes a Gump-like turn.

Amy was Skyping to Italy because her cousin’s 7-year-old son Tyson Balek, a Bermudian wrestler, is getting treatment there for Metachromatic Leukodystrophy, a degenerative brain disease that causes mental deterioration, loss of motor skills and paralysis. Amy’s daughter is helping the family during Tyson’s treatment. And they wanted to stay connected with what was happening at the big wrestling match back home at Bermudian Springs.

So while Amy was showing her family members the scene, we got to be a part of the story. Amy’s daughter pulled up her GameTimePA app on her smartphone and showed it to us via Skype, so Amy got to spin the prize wheel and picked up a GameTimePA T-shirt. Oh, and it was about 1 a.m. in Italy.

It was really cool to be able to be a part of that cross-continental connection. And since GameTimePA.com was livestreaming the wrestling match, the family in Italy got to watch high-quality video of the match live with audio play-by-play.

It’s not the first time GameTimePA’s reach has extended beyond American borders. Fans in Italy tuned in to our livestream broadcast of Cocalico vs. West York football game in 2014. Another West York fan tuned in from Australia during the Bulldogs’ 2013 state baseball championship run, and a Northeastern fan checked in from Germany during the Bobcats’ boys’ volleyball state championship victory.

I like to think Forrest himself might be impressed with how far our network extends.

Related
Donate to Tyson Balek’s treatment
Bermudian Springs dominates Biglerville to win YAIAA Division III title
A November event raised funds for the Balek family, plus how you can donate

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

Classmates, friends and parents of high school students mourn at the vigil for the Flick family at Souderton Area High School on Dec. 22. (Bob Raines — The Reporter)

Classmates, friends and parents of high school students mourn at the vigil for the Flick family at Souderton Area High School on Dec. 22. (Bob Raines — The Reporter)

When a Montgomery County man killed six members of his family and became the subject of a manhunt last December, Digital First Media’s properties in the area put all the resources they could on the story.

That included reporter Eric Devlin, not normally a police reporter, heading to the suspect’s home to cover police activity there — and being told, at one point, that he could be in the line of fire. He tweeted: “Police backed off. Telling everyone to back up for their safety.” Continue reading “Montgomery County shooting: Extraordinary story calls for focus on trauma journalism” »

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

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This photo, courtesy of photojournalist Sarah Cross and the Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism, soon will hang in the York, Pa., Daily Record newsroom. The YDR’s Scott Blanchard has pointed to it as a reminder of the newsroom’s commitment to best practices in trauma journalism and peer-support initiatives. For an explanation of these best practices, check out:  On improving our coverage of trauma victims — and taking care of the journalists who tell those stories.

When the York Daily Record/Sunday News’ Scott Blanchard and Jason Plotkin sought funds to bid on a photo as part an Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism fundraiser, we started cobbling together dollars from several newsrooms accounts.

We looped in YDR Publisher/York Newspaper Co. President Sara Glines about our plan, and she immediately emailed back: ​”Why don’t you just let the publisher pay for this.”

She viewed the idea of a program to back journalist-to-journalist  support as a perfect fit to one of the company’s top goals in 2015: “Be a great workplace.” So the bid was funded from an administrative account.

The bid went up, won the day and a photograph by Sarah Cross, a former York journalist, of a Native American tipi ceremony was the pick.

Sara and Scott addressed a gathering of about 25 YDR journalists last week in unveiling the framed photograph, which will hang in the west end of the newsroom.

Sara’s comments – which reference recent notes to staff about Healthy Vending machines and appropriate workplace language – follow:

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Ballers vs Bloggers: Things did not go well for John Buffone

Have you ever wondered how a normal guy would stack up against some of the best athletes in the Lancaster-Lebanon League? This video will answer that question.

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John Buffone covers Lancaster prep sports for GameTimePa.com.

As thousands of residents in the region know, GameTimePA is a joint effort of the Lebanon Daily News, York Daily Record/Sunday News, The Evening Sun in Hanover and the Chambersburg Public Opinion. Continue reading “Ballers vs Bloggers: Things did not go well for John Buffone” »

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GameTimePA.com viewers enjoy expanded schedule of wrestling livestreams

Since it launched in 2008, GameTimePA.com has been a leader in livestreaming high school events across District 3. And we take pride in increasing our offerings each season (we are scheduled to show more than 70 events this winter alone) through expanded resources and partnerships.

Heading into the winter season, we knew we wanted to stream more wrestling. The sport has a die-hard fan base, and the YAIAA has a fairly rich history of producing top-notch grapplers. (Chance Marsteller, anyone?)

Thanks to our partnership with the Delone Catholic Broadcast Network, we were able to show Biglerville vs. Delone Catholic on Tuesday. The next morning, I heard from Justin Patterson of Camp Hill:

Just wanted to thank you guys for live streaming the Biglerville vs Delone wrestling match Tuesday night. Being a graduate and former wrestler for one of the schools it was nice for me to be able to watch which I rarely get to go watch them live anymore. More wrestling coverage in the area is what we need to get the fan base back up and the level of wrestling and you guys are doing a great job at helping to do that. Keep up the good work and keep the wrestling coverage coming. Thank You

Find the complete winter livestreaming schedule on GameTimePA.com.

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Work of York Daily Record/York Newspaper Co. people makes headlines

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The York, Pa., Daily Record’s Brad Jennings captured this scene near the YDR’s newsroom at 1891 Loucks Road. He wrote: ‘A WHP-21 news team stopped by the York Newspaper Company offices Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, to interview audience development manager Cindi Greco, right, about her Facebook comment to Mark Zuckerberg that helped form his personal reading challenge for 2015.’

The pros at the York Daily Record/York Newspaper Co. in West Manchester do more than report the news.

They appear in the news, too. You’ve seen the example of Cindi Greco, above.

Here are three more examples:

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