Category Archives: Journalism Jargon

Readers write the cutline — or is it a caption?

We’d like readers’ help in coming up with fun captions — or cutlines, as we call them in the newsroom — for some of our photos.

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How does the York Daily Record decide how to refer to a transgender person?

Readers have been asking why the York Daily Record refers to a transgender student at Red Lion Area Senior High School as “he,” and by the name Issak Oliver Wolfe, rather than as “she” and the name Sierra Stambaugh.

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A reader’s guide to headlinese

Night news editor Dan Rorabaugh provides a crash course on the language of headlines.

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Insider’s look at the 2012 GameTimePA high school football tab

It’s “Tab Week” here at the York Daily Record/Sunday News newsroom, which means long hours for the marvelously talented folks who are working to put together GameTimePA’s 2012 high school football preview section, a 64-page look at 25 local high … Continue reading

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Copy editor takes piece of York Daily Record with her

After 41 years at the York Daily Record, Gloria Fogal retires on Friday. You can read about her career in another post, but I’d like to share a glimpse into an important part of this newsroom that she is taking … Continue reading

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York reader’s paywall perspective sparks subscription debate

A terrific dialogue has ensued in a recent post I made here at the YDR Insider. It’s exactly the type of conversation we were looking for when we launched this blog site. I shared an email exchange I had with … Continue reading

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Newsroom culture of excellence, foundational document No. 8: Changing the course of the copy desk

Click to see full graphic.   It’s time to change and expand the roles of one of the most traditional areas of the newsroom — the copy desk. These are the folks who, traditionally, put the finishing touches on the … Continue reading

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Newsroom culture of excellence, foundational document No. 6: How we grow our audience at the YDR

Traditionally, newspapers measured their success in circulation – the number of papers sold each day. That’s how most of us referred to newspapers around the country. “Hey, I heard Bob got a job at the Baltimore Sun. They’re over 200,000, … Continue reading

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Newsroom culture of excellence, foundational document No. 5: Breaking news in a multiplatform environment

When deadline is ever-present and technology advances at a lightning pace and the needs of your audience shift from story to story and day to day, it is hard to establish a pattern of what you expect from yourself and … Continue reading

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An experiment launched this week

I tried something new this week, designed to help readers get more involved in the newsroom process. Using a simple web cam at my desk, I recorded a video of me explaining what we are working on today. I posted … Continue reading

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