In this screenshot, Ken Brown, president of MKT Metal Manufacturing, is contemplating his love of ducts. To watch the video, click here.
Today, I visited a duct factory.
No, not the tape.
MKT Metal Manufacturing in Manchester Township, Pa., makes air ducts for commercial buildings and the kinds that are exposed in super swanky apartments.
Think ducts are boring, eh?
You’re wrong. Ducts are cool for a lot of reasons. Continue reading
Posted in Adventures, Business, Journalism, Manufacturing, Reporting, York Daily Record
Tagged ducts, journalism, lauren boyer, manufacturing, mkt, reporting, York Daily Record
Between vacation and other shenanigans, I have been really REALLY bad at blogging lately.
So, here’s the run down of what I’ve been up to since the strip club story broke my heart when it ended abruptly: Continue reading
Posted in Adventures, Journalism, Reporting, York Daily Record
Tagged journalist, lauren boyer, pa, pennsylvania, reporter, reporting, York, York Daily Record
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Last week, I drove a tractor-trailer at DCS School of Driving in York.
The column I wrote following the experience ended up on the Facebook page of Overdrive Magazine, a publication for those in the industry.
Since then, I’ve gotten a few emails and calls from truckers who appreciated my attempts to understand everything that goes into driving a big rig. Continue reading
Posted in Adventures, Columns, York Daily Record
Tagged class a, commercial drivers license, dcs driving school, driving a tractor trailer, lauren boyer, lessons, pa, tractor-trailer, York, York Daily Record
In fourth grade, I won a spelling bee by correctly spelling the word “embarrassment.”
On Tuesday, I brought new meaning to that same word as I trolled the aisles of Central Market York looking for people to accost for this video.
You see, the Scripps National Spelling Bee was last week.
After great feedback on this video, which examines the pronunciation of “Utz,” a coworker suggested I take to the streets holding a pop-up spelling bee of sorts. Continue reading
Posted in Adventures, Digital First, Funny, ideaLab, Video, York Daily Record
Tagged central market, digital first, farquhar, fasnacht, funny, idealab, lauren boyer, man on the street, pennsylvania dutch, scripps, sonya paclob, spelling bee, video, words, york county, York Daily Record
You know it’s the best month ever when you get to eat a hot dog that looks like this.
This month has been the greatest.
Excuse the hand shadow.
Two Fridays ago, I went to the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors News Excellence awards dinner to accept a First Place in Business Writing for this beastly story package that Sean and I wrote this year.
Then, I went to Chicago.
While in the Windy City, I consumed my weight in food and bought more clothes than would fit in my suitcase on the plane ride back.
Sorry, TSA. Continue reading
So, last night was super fun.
I joined co-workers Brittany Wilson and Sarah Chain to kickoff the NewsVroom’s yearlong initiative of visiting York County libraries.
We traveled to Dover Area Community Library, where I had the opportunity to present my ideaLab project to Girl Scout Troop #20195.
Before a mock press conference, I discussed basic apps (QuickVoice, iMovie, Notability, 360Pano, etc.) and I got to play this video of this old man with his funny cane.
The best part: One of the girls recommended I go set up my “office” at Chuck-E-Cheese.
Here are some photos from the event:
I had to drive the NewsVroom van, because — let’s be honest — everyone else was scared to.
Posted in Adventures, Apps, Boyer101, Community Outreach, Digital First, ideaLab, iPad, iPhone, Meet-ups, Mobile Reporting, NewsVroom, Reporting, York Daily Record
Tagged Brittany Wilson, Dover, dover area community library, education, Girl Scouts, mobile media lab, newspapers, newsvroom, sarah chain, York, york county
I detest typical “Year in Review” posts:
I rang in 2012 wearing these ridiculous glasses with my little sister, who came to York for the occasion.
“I GOT ENGAGED.”
“I HAD A BABY.”
“I BOUGHT A HOUSE.”
Yep, I’ve done none of said things. I’m still living in my awesome bachelorette pad apartment in York city. I don’t have a ring on it. And there certainly isn’t a fetus growing inside of me (that I’m aware of).
But hey, I still had a pretty awesome year full of adventures, successes and things that made me think.
Here’s a list of the good, the bad and the ugly from 2012: Continue reading
Posted in Adventures, Writing, York Daily Record
Tagged 2012, adventures, digital first, fun, idealab, journalist, lauren boyer, reporter, year in review
The benches outside Edmond Town Hall became memorials to Sandy Hook victims. Together, they spell a quote by William Edmond: “History has a secondary utility, which by relieving our minds from the fatigue, more serious occupation invigorates and prepares us for fresh exertion.”
He never showed up.
That, for some reason, is where it became real to me.
Somewhere between the piles of flowers, makeshift memorials, and barrage of funerals at St. Rose of Lima church, it hit me hard in a Sandy Hook hair salon on my last day of reporting from the Connecticut town.
Marci Benitez, a hair dresser at Fun Kuts, planned to cut 6-year-old James Mattioli’s hair on Saturday.
The appointment came and went. Benitez thought the young boy’s mother had forgotten, until she saw his name on a list released Saturday. Continue reading
Posted in Adventures, Digital First, Journalism, Sandy Hook, Writing, York Daily Record
Tagged collaboration, digital first, elementary, humanity, journalism, new haven, newtown, reporters, reporting, sandy hook, school shooting, thunderdome