York Daily Record

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The York Daily Record is an American news organization that produces multi-platform news products and serves York, Pennsylvania. The print version of its publications is the York Daily Record/Sunday News. The paper's circulation is 37,323 daily and 61,665 on Sundays.[1]

The newspaper, printed in a broadsheet format, is published seven days a week. It also publishes the Weekly Record, a set of community newspapers for suburban York County, PA, as well as FlipSide, a nightlife and entertainment guide that is distributed every Thursday. The York Daily Record/Sunday News is available online as an e-edition, a website at http://www.ydr.com and also as a smartphone and tablet application.

The York Daily Record/Sunday News operates under the mission statement: Position ourselves as the number one news and information source in and about York County.[2]

Some of its key coverage areas include The York Revolution,[3] Penn State football,[4] prep sports coverage for the YAIAA[5] league, local entertainment scene,[6] Smart Magazine,[7] and real-time news alerts.[8] The newspaper also operates a set of community message boards at The Exchange[9] and a community blog portal at Yorkblog.[10]

The Daily Record and The York Dispatch have worked under a joint operating agreement, a partial merger, since 1990.

The Daily Record also is a member of Digital First Media, covering about 75 MediaNews Group and Journal Register Co. news organizations. Digital First means, among other things, that the newsroom—working across platforms—creates stories, curates content and engages with the public on news as it happens.


In 1796, Solomon Meyer created Die York Gazette, a weekly, German-language newspaper, which The York Daily Record credits as its earliest incarnation.[11]

After several years without publication of Die York Gazette, William C. Harris created the English-language Gazette in 1815. Between 1821 and 1891, The Gazette also published a weekly German edition.

The Gazette was taken over by David Small in 1836. Small, who also served as York postmaster, county director of the poor and York’s chief burgess, remained owner of the paper for nearly 50 years.

Prominent businessman Adam Geesey converted The Gazette into a daily publication in 1887. The Gazette became the third York-area newspaper to publish daily.

In 1915, Allen C. Wiest and law partner J.W. Gitt acquired the foundering Gazette, which began Gitt's 55-year reign as Gazette owner. Under Gitt, the newspaper gained a national reputation for its independent—some considered it leftist—news orientation and editorial positions.

The Gazette purchased The Daily, York's first daily newspaper, and the York Legal Record in 1915. In 1918, The Gazette was renamed The Gazette and Daily.

After nearly 150 years of continuous publication, the paper shut down in 1970 because of labor problems. Gitt sold the paper's assets to a local group headed by attorney Harold N. Fitzkee Jr. and retired the The Gazette and Daily name. The paper soon reopened under a York Daily Record nameplate.

In 1973, The Daily Record was sold to Jimmy D. Scoggins, a veteran newspaperman, who changed the paper's format from tabloid to its current broadsheet form. The Gazette and Daily had become a tab in 1943 because of newsprint shortages during World War II.[12]

Buckner News Alliance purchased the newspaper from Scoggins in 1978 and modernized the paper's appearance and operations.

MediaNews Group, owner of The York Dispatch, purchased the York Sunday News in 1988. The next year, The Daily Record and The York Dispatch sought government approval for a joint operating agreement, a partial merger because "The Daily Record" was facing financial troubles. The U.S. Justice Department approved the JOA in 1990, creating the York Newspaper Co. to manage merged production, circulation and advertising departments. The Daily Record and Dispatch newsrooms were not part of the merger and to this day remain under separate ownership.

In 2004, Buckner News Alliance sold the York Daily Record to MediaNews Group, which also owned the York Sunday News the news organization operated as the York Daily Record/Sunday News.

In September 2011, MediaNews Group, parent company of the Daily Record, announced it had appointed John Paton as CEO, and entered into an agreement with Digital First Media. Paton heads Digital First Media which provides management services to MediaNews Group and Journal Register Company publications.[13]


York Daily Record/Sunday News publisher Sara Glines is president of The York Newspaper Co. and MediaOnePa. She also oversees the Lebanon Daily News, Hanover Evening Sun and Chambersburg Public Opinion.


Editors of the Daily Record/Sunday News include:[14]

  • James McClure, Editor
  • Randy Parker, Managing Editor
  • Scott Fisher, Opinion Page Editor
  • Susan Martin, Assistant Managing Editor/Content
  • Buffy Andrews, Assistant Managing Editor/Engagement and Hyperlocal
  • Lyzz Jones, Assistant Managing Editor/Sports
  • Brad Jennings, Assistant Managing Editor/Visuals
  • Tom Barstow, News Editor
  • Matt Eyer, Breaking News Editor


The following are some of the awards and recognitions received by the newsroom of the York Daily Record/Sunday News and its affiliated digital products in the past 20 years:[15]

Pennsylvania Newspaper Association awards[edit]

  • Pennsylvania’s Newspaper of the Year Award 2001 (tied for second place), 2003 (second place), 2004 (first place), 2011 (first place)
  • PNA Foundation Public Service Award: 2002–2005, 2007 and 2009–2011.
  • Pennsylvania Newspaper Association's G. Richard Dew Award for Journalistic Service (PNA's highest honor): won seven times between 1991 and 2009.
  • Pennsylvania Newspaper Association's Readership Initiative Award recognizes Pennsylvania newspapers that accept and create a community of readers through innovative initiatives: Placed in the top two six times since 2006. In 2011, the newspaper placed first.
  • Sweepstakes Award from the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors (for the most points in a circulation division in the annual Keystone Press Awards): Won or tied 18 times since 1990.

Other awards[edit]

  • American Society of Newspaper Editors: 2011, finalist in the competition for online storytelling. Jason Plotkin’s "Carrying Darisabel: A documentary film".
  • The Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for Jason Plotkin’s “Carrying Darisabel” project, 2011. This Emmy is the first Mid-Atlantic Emmy for a newspaper-based organization competing directly against TV news organizations.
  • The Editor & Publisher’s EPPY Award in the category of Best Enterprise/Investigative Video, honoring the Best Media-Affiliated Websites (competed in division for sites with 250,000 to 1 million unique monthly visitors) for Jason Plotkin’s documentary, “Carrying Darisabel”.
  • Newspaper Excellence in Cyberspace Awards:
    • Best Application of Social Networking 2011 (second place).
    • Best Online Campaign 2011 (first place)
  • John V.R. Bull Freedom of Information Award (Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors): 2002, 2003, 2005,2008 and 2012.
  • Best of Show (Newswriting) and Public Service awards, Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors: 2002 (for York Riots)
  • Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award: Public Service Report, 2001 (tie).
  • Pennsylvania Newspaper Foundation John Fisher Internet Vision Award, 2010, James McClure recipient.
  • Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award for coverage of Ray Krone’s release from death row: 2003.
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors Award: 2009, finalist in the under 100,000 circulation category for reporting on Finances of Nonprofit Angel Food Ministries” – Melissa Nann Burke. Burke was also a finalist in Livingston Awards for Young Journalists competition, 2011. Burke also won Religion News Association Cassels award in 2010 and 2011.
  • National Society of Newspaper Columnist competition, under 100,000 circulation category, Finalist: Mike Argento, 2011.

More information on awards won by the York Daily Record and its journalists is available at The YDR Insider.[15]

Niche publications[edit]


GameTimePA.com[16] is the home of high school coverage in southcentral Pennsylvania, including Adams, Franklin, Fulton, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

The brand also is expanding into the Philadelphia-area, including parts of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. GameTimePA is edited by Lyzz Jones. Jones was named one of Editor & Publisher's 25 under 35 2013 for her digital work and innovations in high school sports coverage.[17]

GameTimePA spans more than 60 schools and 22 sanctioned sports in the PIAA. GameTimePA offers live coverage of high school events, including livestreams of football, boys' and girls' basketball and volleyball games, an all-sports live scoreboard that is updated nightly, live chats and scoring/game updates on GameTimePA's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

GameTimePA offers a free mobile app for each region of coverage: York/Adams, Lebanon and Franklin/Fulton. The app features breaking news, a live scoreboard, blogs, schedules and weather updates.

It also offers a 2013 High School Football app that covers teams in the York/Adams, Franklin/Fulton and Lancaster/Lebanon coverage areas.

Other offerings include supplemental coverage on five blogs, weekly podcasts, videos and photo slideshows, schedules and standings and robust local history sections.

Editorial coverage is provided by the sports staffs of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, Hanover Evening Sun, Lebanon Daily News and Chambersburg Public Opinion.

Smart Magazine[edit]

Since its launch in 2007, Smart Magazine has explored living and making life better in southcentral Pennsylvania.[18]

The magazine ceased publication in 2014.

Each bimonthly, glossy issue introduces readers to the best local ideas for creating a beautiful home, a happy family and a healthy heart. The magazine features local woman in stories and as volunteer models.

Smart is mailed directly to more than 30,000 households in January, March, May, July, September and November.

The magazine is available at area offices, waiting rooms, salons, stores and hotels. It also is distributed at major regional, local and community events.

In addition to the print magazine, Smart also has an online presence. SmartMagPA.com is a blog community where women can read, interact, share and be inspired.

The blog features expanded content with exclusive updates and posts. It fills the gap between Smart magazine editions with interesting, local content focusing on style, health and fitness, family, home and garden, food and things to do.

Smart magazine's weekly e-newsletter is emailed to more than 1,700 readers each Thursday and is filled with weekly "don’t miss" items including contests, events, videos and Smart tips. Smart is on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

Community outreach/engagement[edit]

The NewsVroom[edit]

The York Daily Record’s parent company, Digital First Media, in 2012 awarded the newsroom a grant to build the NewsVroom—a mobile, community media lab.[19] The new-media classroom on wheels is equipped with smartphones, tablets, laptops and Wi-Fi. The vehicle and YDR journalists have been to breaking news scenes, political events, high school football games, the York Fair, the York County Libraries and more to interact face-to-face with readers and glean information to better serve York and its surrounding areas.

The purpose of the NewsVroom is to boost the public's understanding of how the news organization and readers can use new technology to share and consume news and information.

The NewsVroom and the York Daily Record/Sunday News staff were recognized by Digital First Media as the company's best community engagement project of 2012.[20]


  1. ^ Alliance for Audited Media 2014 Q4 Quarterly Report for the period of September 1, 2014-December 31, 2014.
  2. ^ "Newsroom culture of excellence, foundational document No. 1: A clear mission statement". yorkblog.com. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "The York Revolution". Ydr.com. October 2, 2011. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Penn State football". Ydr.com. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ "GameTimePA.com". GameTimePA. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "FlipSidePa.com". FlipSidePa.com. November 28, 2011. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Smart Magazine". Smart Magazine. June 4, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  8. ^ "real-time news alerts". Ydr.com. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Exchange". Exchange.ydr.com. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Yorkblog". Yorkblog. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Web, mobile, tablet technology causes revisions in York, Pa., news media history". yorkblog.com/YorkTownSquare. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ "World War II paper shortages prompted change in York, Pa., newspaper size and format". yorkblog.com/YorkTownSquare. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ "MediaNews Group announces the appointment of John Paton as CEO and the retention of Digital First Media to provide management services". medianewsgroup.com. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ http://www.ydr.com/contactus
  15. ^ a b "Major awards". yorkblog.com/ydrinsider. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  16. ^ "GameTimePA.com". GameTimePA. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  17. ^ "E&P's 25 Under 35". E&P. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Smart Magazine". York Daily Record. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  19. ^ "The NewsVroom". York Daily Record. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  20. ^ "York’s NewsVroom Wins Community Engagement DFMie". Digital First Media, Inside Thunderdome. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 

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