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Poll: Executions and the theater of punishment

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 … Continue reading

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Put your trust in more than polls

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, … Continue reading

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See you at the poll

You don’t know me, but allow me to introduce myself. I’m the guy who, until a few weeks ago, created most of the daily “Two Cents” polls you used to find on our webpage. That job has been outsourced to … 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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How an auction has carved a big slice of office life at the York Daily Record

York, Pa., Daily Record auction items awaiting a bidder. The YDR receives all kinds of things to review – books, photographs, CDs. That’s just to name a few. So what do we do with these freebies, whether we review them … Continue reading

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Mark Twain on life in the newsroom

My favorite fictionalized account of life in a newsroom comes from a a little satirical Mark Twain piece called “Journalism in Tennessee.” In it, Twain plays a young, naive reporter who secures employment at The Morning Glory and Johnson County War Whoop … Continue reading

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Don’t blame the media for rumors run wild

This time last week, I was sitting in the newsroom trying to make sense out of the news of the state trooper slaying in northeast Pennsylvania. Or maybe I should say lack of news. The online world was full of … Continue reading

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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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Selling papers a form of bias?

My recent posts about journalistic bias provoked a fair amount of response, including several who commented that media is biased in favor of selling papers — or more likely these days, moving the needle that tracks online readers. I think … Continue reading

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Bias in the eye of the beholder

Discussion of the coverage of Ferguson provoked a number of comments on my Facebook page  regarding media bias, and while I have to agree there is “bias” in reporting, it’s usually not the kind people mean when they use the … Continue reading

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