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Sean and I suck at children’s Halloween games

Sean and I agreed to be partners (OK, I basically wrote his name on the sign up sheet.) for the games at the work Halloween party today.

One of the games involved finding a piece of gum in a container of whip cream without the use of hands. Then, you had to blow a bubble.

We lost. Here’s what happened: Continue reading

That time I visited a place where no one knew what the York Daily Record was … and it’s OK

Fruit cup + toast + computer + Hootsuite = love.

I got some good feedback from my column today, which focused on my travels Thursday through northern York County, a place that doesn’t get much attention from our paper.

So far, it inspired one couple to invite me to their a “pie party” next week in the rural farmlands of northern York county. More on that later.

I just wanted to add a few tidbits of awesomeness from yesterday, despite the annoying fact that no one intentionally stopped by to share a story idea.

But hey, it happens sometimes — even when you promote the crap out of yourself. Continue reading

Monday Funday: A morning at Martin Library with YDR Books Editor Sarah Chain

NOTE TO SELF: Pick up books. We are, at the library, after all.

Last week, I planned to visit Martin Library in York with York Daily Record/Sunday News books editor Sarah Chain.

We decided to promote the visit as a meet-up/office hours/please-come-talk-to-us event in the Sunday News, ydr.com and social media channels.

Deb Sullivan, York County Libraries community relations director, even put our visit on the calendar.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., we parked our carcasses on the second floor of the downtown building.

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Mobile reporting find: Woman taking leashed rabbit for a walk

Sometimes, I feel like my job title should include “finder-of-weird-shit.”

There was this, when I reported remotely from the mall.

And this.

And this.

Oh, and this, which has remained our No. 1 most visited blog post on York Common Cents for the past two months. Continue reading

Today in mobile reporting news: Someone punched my car

Today started like this and ended with a punch in my car.

This morning was lovely.

I had a pleasant walk from my house to the OffCenter Grill at the Yorktowne Hotel, where I planned to sip coffee and put the finishing touches on a story for the business page.

On the walk home, I stopped at the market and ran into Nuts About Granola employee Kenny Brown, who recommends a piano bar in this oh-so-awesome video I made at my last mobile reporting at the venue.

I bought some fresh vegetables. I went home and ate lunch. Continue reading

Backatcha, fellow ideaLabber Modern Lois Lane!

For all you Pennsylvanians in the audience, this is where Colorado is located.

Check out this super sweet shout out from Aimee Heckel, reporter at the Boulder Daily Camera in Colorado.

We’re both sort of working toward the same goal: Being mojo-tastic.

If you haven’t, you should check out her blog, Modern Lois Lane.

We are both members of Digital First Media’s ideaLab, “an elite pack of journalists across the country who dream big, play hard and shape the future of this crazy industry,” according to Aimee. Continue reading

Looking forward to using ScribbleLive for my ideaLab project

I used ScribbleLive for the first time Friday.

As you recall, CoverItLive announced it would be charging for their program, effective July 1. Continue reading

#fatatwork: ideaLab cupcake torture and my new favorite hashtag

Working in a cupcake shop. No big deal … unless you have a sweet tooth.

This week, in #ideaLab mobile reportingland, let’s talk a little about willpower.

On Thursday, I voluntarily decided to work from the oasis of deliciousness known as Macklin’s Cupcakes.

I hadn’t really been out to that side of the county. I hadn’t really tortured myself, either. 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

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