Category Archives: Mobile Reporting

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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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

Live tweeting about “The Office” strip club: Fun with a planning commission meeting

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When’s the last time you saw this many people come to a planning commission meeting?

I had some incredible live tweeting fun the other night in Chanceford Township.

… also known as “the middle of nowhere.”

… also known as “The Brogue.”

You can check out the Storify here.

It doesn’t get any better than this, my friends.

Essentially, the township’s planning commission was considering a plan for an adult cabaret to occupy vacant space in a strip mall (pun totally intended!) Continue reading

A ‘Thank You’ from the students at Central York High School

We got a note from the students over at Central York High School that just made my day Friday.

As you recall, wle did a NewsVroom presentation for two journalism classes a couple weeks ago.

Anywho, you can read it for yourselves.

A lot of them seemed SUPER enthused about getting out of the cubicle.

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NewsVrooming with the Girl Scouts at Dover Area Community Library

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.

Loves it.

Here are some photos from the event:

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I had to drive the NewsVroom van, because — let’s be honest — everyone else was scared to.

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Boyer talks SnapChat, whereabouts for the last two weeks

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During a brief hiatus from this blog, I learned about the joys of SnapChatting from my little sister, Casey. She’s 21 and totally hip.

Hello world.

I’m back at it after a couple week hiatus.

What happened during that time, you ask?

(Or maybe you don’t. I often think people are more interested in my shenanigans than they actually are.)

For one, I took the bajillion days off that I had been storing all year long for no particular purpose.

I used the time to experience the culture of the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

I also learned about the SnapChat app from my sister. My life will never be the same.

How it works: You send someone an image, but they can only see it for 10 seconds before it disappears. You can draw on the photo. Give them a mustache. Type a message on top of it. Whatever.

But they can only see it for 10 BLOODY SECONDS.

I don’t get it, but I love it. And I hear it’s what the kids are doing these days. Continue reading