Category Archives: Digital First

Brickflow: Playing Tetris with tweets!

I was getting kind of bored with Storify.

So, on Friday, I experimented with Brickflow.

This is what my "story" looked like when it was finished.

This is what my “story” looked like when it was finished. Click here to watch the finished slideshow.

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Oh, the places you’ve gone! Mapping my ideaLab travels

Wow. Lots of places around York city. But I went off the beaten path, too!

Wow. Lots of places around York city. But I went off the beaten path, too!

So, let’s get this straight: I’m no where near done with this map.

Since the whole ideaLab program is over-ish (BIG SAD FACE), I wanted to show some of the successful places I’ve traveled in pursuit of my project. Continue reading

A year in review: Thirteen things I learned in 2013

1. Don’t be afraid to see your source naked. It might happen from time to time.

2. Pastors like to eat at McDonald’s. Since writing this post, I’ve run into a couple other clergymen while working as a mojo beneath the golden arches. Trend story?

This is Pastor Chet Joines of Round Hill Presbyterian Church in Crossroads, Pa. I met him at McDonald's in Manchester while on a mojo adventure.

This is Pastor Chet Joines of Round Hill Presbyterian Church in Crossroads, Pa. I met him at McDonald’s in Manchester two weeks ago while on a mojo adventure. My odd “office” space caught his eye.

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YOU VOTE: What West Manchester Mall Tout video should Sean star in?

Sean Adkins is the star of any show. Just watch these Touts.

Sean (It’s pronounced See-Ann) Adkins is the star of any show. Just read this post. Such a ham.

I’ve been covering the West Manchester Mall for about a year now, since it was sold.

Veteran reporter Sean Adkins has been covering it for much longer.

So, before someone executes plans that would turn the mall into a legitimate place, we want to have a little fun. Continue reading

I met an awesome WWE-loving pastor in McDonald’s the other day

Here is Pastor James hanging out in the background of my Tout video.

Here is Pastor James hanging out in the background of my Tout video.

On Monday, I went to McDonald’s in Springettsbury Township to get some work done.

They say news doesn’t walk by your desk, and this particular fast food establishment has had plenty of action in the last year.

Seemed like a good choice.

I got my coffee, sat down in a cushy chair and ignored the fact that people were obviously staring at me for being that dressed-up weirdo on a laptop in McDonald’s. Continue reading

Attention blog readers, please vote for my awkward video in DFM’s Tout Bout

That's my face looking awkward in a video I entered in the August Tout Bout. I'm a finalist. Vote for me. That is all.

That’s my face looking awkward in a video I entered in the August Tout Bout. I’m a finalist. Vote for me. That is all.

Hey there.

So, remember when I last wrote about Tout?

Well, I have some more Tout-related excitement.

A ridiculous video of me being awkward has been chosen as a finalist for the August Tout Bout through DFM.  Continue reading

Of Farquhars and fasnachts: A man-on-the-street spelling bee video in York County

To watch this hard hitting documentary, click here.

To watch the video, click here.

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

Bare in the Brogue: The controversy continues over a proposed strip club in Chanceford Township

The hearing went on and on for three hours.

The hearing went on and on for three hours with a recess around hour two.

I came home from a trip to Chicago a day early to cover the first of what will probably be many zoning hearings on “The Office,” a proposed strip club in rural York County.

I had to.

This controversy is the event of the millenium for the tiny town of Brogue, Pa. I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge it.

Here’s the final story. 

It’s sort of boring, I suppose, compared to this, the Touts, tweets and photos that I and colleague Sonya compiled on scene. Continue reading

BOYER INVESTIGATES: How do you pronounce “Utz?”

This photo, taken by coworker Jess Sprenkle, shows me offering chips to Bryan Tate, republican candidate for state representative.

This photo, taken by coworker Jess Sprenkle, shows me offering chips to Bryan Tate, republican candidate for state representative.

If the camera adds 10 pounds, I probably gained 15 Friday.

That’s the day Sonya and I wandered around York city eating chips and feeding them to strangers for this video.

Why?

The former Toyota Arena at the York Expo Center has a new sponsor: Utz Quality Foods.

It’s going to be called the Utz Arena, effective June 1 — which some people think is a good thing. Continue reading

#Boyer101 invades Martin Library for the Youth Empowerment Summit

On Thursday, I had a special treat.

Some of my last group learning about journalism, and why it's fun and everyone should do it, obviously.

Some of my last group learning about journalism, and why it’s fun and everyone should do it, obviously.

I had the pleasure of speaking with two groups of  young people at Martin Library for the annual Youth Empowerment Summit.

Sponsored by the Harley-Davidson Foundation, the event connects students from the York Homeschool Association and 12 school districts with local professionals and artisans.

I got to speak about journalism, which is pretty rad.

I thought about bringing the NewsVroom van, but ultimately decided against it. I can’t parallel park my own car, let alone a gigantic creeper van. Continue reading