Monthly Archives: May 2012

THIS IS A TEST: Cover It Live’s new pricing plan has me paranoid

So,  I use Cover It Live A LOT.

Why you charge money nowwwww?

I know I’m late to the party, but what gives?

No warning on the new pricing plan? I sure as heck hope this doesn’t mess with my live chat tomorrow.

I’ll be miffed, you guys.

So I’m testing the chat out here on my blog to see what happens. If I can’t enter as a chatter on the live event, I think I’m in trouble.

(I can find an alternative by next week, but not by tomorrow.)

Let’s see what happens. Continue reading

The #ideaLab office last week: Martin Memorial Library

Here’s the office last Tuesday. Martin Memorial Library in York city.

It’s been a while. Took some vacation recently, and I’m just starting to catch up with all my work.

I figured a library would be the perfect place to do that.

My co-worker and I are working on a long-term project, and I needed to focus.

Exhausted, I rolled out of bed Tuesday morning and walked to Martin Library, just a few blocks from my house, ready to put my ideaLab project in overdrive. Continue reading

Journalism After Hours: Woman wearing surgical booties saunters into York bar

Woman wearing plastic surgical booties.

The funny thing about journalism: Even when you’re not at work, you’re still at work.

To be clear: I carry my iPhone and a notepad EVERYWHERE. It’s the digital journalist way.

You never know when a story — or a very peculiar woman — might cross your path.

Early Friday evening, I was responsibly enjoying a refreshing adult beverage with some associates in the White Rose City when a woman, clad in what appeared to be blue surgical booties emerged from the darkness. Continue reading

Newsroom fun: Getting the York Daily Record editor Jim McClure to wear an orange vest

Orange you glad I’m back blogging again?

Lots of things have happened since I blogged last.

But first things first.

I am now the proud owner of an ‘orange crush’ ‘high visibility’ vest, a freebie from Harley’s Steel Toe Tour at its Springettsbury Township bike manufacturing plant. Continue reading

Let’s chat about … property taxes! Sound interesting? Some York Daily Record readers thought so.

This lawyer shocked the pants off me when his chat about property tax appeals garnered almost as much live readers as a local dating coach. Say what?

After a couple months now of holding live chats on Fridays at 10 a.m., I’ve come to the conclusion that it is absolutely impossible to predict what topics will hold an audience.

Last week, we chatted with local attorney Frank Countess, who has experience in challenging property tax assessments.

(The skinny: Your property taxes are based on what your house is worth. If your property value goes down, your taxes don’t go down automatically. You have to file an appeal or pray to god another countywide reassessment is on the horizon.)

I don’t get it … maybe because I don’t own land.

But the topic seemed to resonate with more than 50 participants who tuned into the live event on Friday.

This was just a few people shy of our most popular business live chat, the White Rose Matchmaker dating coach.

Dating vs. property taxes.

If I had to choose what topic to mull, it would be a no brainer.

But I guess that’s just me.

I feel this chat was successful not because of property taxes, specifically. It’s about the money-saving aspect.

And some York Countians I’ve met would play in moving traffic if it meant saving a few extra bucks.

When you combine that with the possibility of saving THOUSANDS in property taxes — well, that’s just live chat magic.

Get gas, stay a while: I take my mobile journalism skills to a York County convenience store

This was my office on  a recent Thursday. That’s my iPad with 3G, a bluetooth keyboard and, most importantly, a cup of Rutter’s’ AMAZING hazelnut creme coffee. Sure beats the beverage options back at the office!

For my ideaLab mobile reporting project, there’s always the usual hangouts.

You’ve got the library. Coffee shops. Central Market.

But that’s where normal people go. And I’m anything but.

So, I set out in search of characters.

And what better place to find York County personalities than a turnstile for weary travelers stopping for a bite to eat or some gas to-go? Continue reading

Boyer Investigates: A search for swag at the York County Business Expo

This blog post should also be called, “Why I will never be a TV reporter.”

The other day, my editor instructed me to report from the York County Economic Alliance Business Expo. Continue reading