Author Archives: Jim McClure

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.

Emmy-winning Jason Plotkin: On the other side of the camera

Jason Plotkin accepts his mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for Gettysburg 150 videos. Check out this YDR.com story about this accomplishment.

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Remember Pass: Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep

The York Daily Record’s Donna Mandl demonstrates that she learned the lessons of how to use a fire extinguisher. A dozen or more staff members at the York Daily Record/Sunday News and the York Newspaper Co. soaked in some fire … Continue reading

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Readership of hyperlocal or community news, by whatever name, grows at York Daily Record

Someone with great foresight at the York Daily Record decided in the 1980s that what is called hyperlocal news – community news about neighborhood happenings and items about personal achievements – should remain in the newspaper.

We’ve maintained – and even grown – those Lions Club, scholarship winners and school honor rolls in the York Daily Record/York Sunday News. With the introduction of our website, ydr.com, in 1996, we’ve progressively added such content – formerly also called “chicken dinner news” – in digital form.

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Jason Plotkin’s photos capture Best of Show in AP contest

The YDR’s Jason Plotkin followed York countian Paul Miller’s recovery after his bout with Streptococcus Pneumoniae. His photographs captured “Best of Show” in Pennsylvania Associated Press Awards competition recently.

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DFM T-shirt honors DFMie winners. 4 videos, too.

The York Daily Record’s Jason Plotkin ordered this T-shirt to recognize fellow DFMie winners in recent Digital First Media award competition in St. Paul, Minn. Plotkin won a big award himself, Mid-Sized Daily Journalist of the Year.

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York Daily Record wins third consecutive statewide FOI award

Chris Dunn scored a first place in Keystone Press Awards competition with this photograph of rescue during York County flooding in 2013. She was one of a host of York Daily Record Sunday News staffers who earned awards in recent competitions.

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One Smart woman: April Trotter captures E&P’s 25 under 35 honors

April Trotter has been named to Editor & Publisher’s 25 under 35 list. E & P said of the award: ‘Our nomination form for this year’s 25 Under 35 feature asked for “people who are young, bright, and capable of tackling whatever the changing newspaper climate throws at them. People with business acumen to lead through trying times and vision to implement bold, new strategies to move their newspapers forward.”

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It’s DFMie time and the winner is … York Daily Record and Denver Post tie with four each

Jason Plotkin, Digital First Media’s Journalist of the Year for Mid-Sized Dailies. Will his Superman abilities be enough to gain top prize as DFM’s overall Journalist of the Year? My note to our staff, edited and excerpted, after we learned … Continue reading

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Page 2 feature didn’t work for YDR readers, so we made a change

Sometimes, a news organization tries something, and it doesn’t work. That was the case with “Start Your Day Here,” a Page 2 feature in the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News since October.

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YWCA’s ’25 Extraordinary Women of York County': Buffy Andrews is on prestigious list

The YDR’s Buffy Andrews is one of the York YWCA’s 25 Extraordinary Women of York County people for 2014.

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