Monthly Archives: August 2012

Finally, Lauren learns how to shoot video that doesn’t get cut off in Brightcove!

The guys from the new event, White Rose Thunder, invited the media out Thursday for a flat track racing demonstration at the York Fairgrounds.

I’ve written about the event before, at least twice, so I figured I’d do a video with a QR code for print, since I figured motorcycles whizzing around a dry dirt track has to show up great on camera. Continue reading

If you tell them, they will come: Visit to Panera ‘office hours’ in York yields hyperlocal business column

Meet Jeanne Walton, a cool lacrosse mom and eighth grade science teacher who stopped by Panera to visit me Tuesday.

OK.

So it’s not a mall teeming with cockroaches or a trip to check out kinky gadgets in the adult store.

But I did end up with a column every sports mom or dad can relate to today when Jeanne Walton stopped by to see me at Panera in West Manchester Township.

The story goes a little something like this:

Kid plays sport.

Kid does really well at sport and qualifies for national tournament.

Parents rejoice — until they see the price tag.

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Something I learned: How to make sure your tweets show up on location-based maps like Gathering Point

So, I was starting to get mega POed, because my tweets weren’t showing up on these  Gathering Point maps folks are starting to make at the office.

I felt left out.

I went to the Location Services tab in the Settings app on my iPhone and thought I activated the Twitter switch:

 

Alas, my tweets were still lost in an abyss. Continue reading

More folks are catching on … meeting some cool people through my ideaLab ‘mobile reporter’ project

Here’s something super cool.

A poorly executed iPhone photo by yours truly. But thanks anyway to Courtney Shumway and Jay Taylor for showing up! You guys rock.

I’m starting to get more unique visitors when I work at places around the community for my ideaLab project.

I’m also meeting more random people that just start talking to me, because I’m that weirdo sitting at a coffee counter on my laptop.

That’s kind of the objective of this, you guys.

Sure beats staring at Sean Adkins all day.

A few weeks ago it was a woman with a local church. Continue reading

Mapping social reactions to the York Galleria mall cockroach infestation: I’m multi-platform, yo.

This is the closed food court, caution tape and all. My editor, Cathy Hirko, noticed I’m getting a little artsy fartsy with my iPhone photos.

The other day, I posted about Gathering Point, this neat tool you can use to make social maps that update in realtime to complement stories.

On Tuesday, I had the perfect opportunity to see it in action: A cockroach infestation that closed the food court at the York Galleria mall.

On a side note, that day, I pretty much almost crashed my car on Rt. 30.

En route to the mall, I had my notepad pinned against the steering wheel while I took notes from Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Samantha Krepps. Continue reading

Playground play date with Smart Magazine editor April Trotter and I

This is April. She’s a super cool magazine editor.

Remember that time Sarah Chain and I visited Martin Library?

As much as I love books, it’s nice outside. And what better way to solicit story ideas than hang out in the great outdoors?

(OK, not exactly — unless you a playground in Manchester Township, York County, counts.)

Newly crowned Smart Magazine Editor April Trotter and I will be hanging out at Pavilion D near the new playground at Cousler Park Aug. 23 from 9 to noon. Click here to read more. Continue reading

To tweet or not to tweet? That time I went to Excitement Video and Toys for work.

The only photo I tweeted out from Excitement Video and Toys’ Ladies Night on Thursday. It’s a shoe. There is nothing dirty about shoes.

Once upon a time, there was a business reporter who got assigned to go to Excitement Video and Toys for work.

Yes, work.

“It’s an economy story,” she convinced herself, as she nervously perused the displays of kinky gadgets not suitable to describe to her 58-year-old mother — let alone an entire county of print subscribers.

The goal: to tastefully write about how the erotic novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was affecting sales of … um … products. Continue reading