Author Archives: Scott Blanchard

About Scott Blanchard

Enterprise editor at the York (Pa.) Daily Record/Sunday News. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

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

Toward the end of the day, Frank Ochberg was thinking out loud: Maybe, he told a group of journalists, we’re starting a trauma journalism movement here in Pennsylvania. More than 20 journalists — from eastern and western Pennsylvania and from … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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YDR staffers use new video to focus on trauma journalism challenges

When I read a blog post from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma about a new video called “Getting it Right: Ethical Reporting on Traumatized People,” the words of Roger Membrey, an Australian man whose daughter had been murdered, hit … Continue reading

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Search databases for vaccination rates, teacher salaries and more at YDR Data Center

The Daily Record/Sunday News often uses databases and spreadsheets in its reporting — including a recent story on vaccination rates — and collects other databases in which you can find your own stories (or just explore to satisfy your curiosity), … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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

Thursday 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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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YDR welcomes a new class of journalists, leaders

There’s a lot of talk these days about journalism training, and how some journalists say they’re not getting enough. We’re trying to make sure that’s not the case here. A group of our newest employees just finished YDRU, a big-picture course … Continue reading

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If you’re a soda vendor at a newspaper, your notes will be copyedited

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Journalists: Be humble, be learners, work hard. You don’t have to be an expert at the beginning

When your newsroom wins a prestigious Keystone Press Award, like the John V. Bull Award for freedom of information work, you’re asked to say a few words at the annual awards banquet, attended by several hundred journalists from across the … Continue reading

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