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Flag dedication:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Members of the West York VFW gather for a group photo before the dedication ceremony for the new flag and flagpole installed in front of the NHS School in West Manchester Township on Thursday, April 12, 2012. With help from the West York VFW and Ladies Auxiliary, the NHS School in West Manchester Township purchased a flagpole, flag and lights that are now installed in front of the building. The school currently serves children on the autism spectrum.

This photo ran large in the next day’s paper. When Jeff saw it, his first reaction was, “That photo is so not ‘you.'”

“What do you mean? I took it.”

“I know you took it. But it’s not very ‘you.’ It’s graphical.”

“So what? I can shoot graphically. I’m versatile.”

I relish that I’m still able to surprise even my photographer boyfriend sometimes.

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I photographed former White House press secretary Dana Perino a few weeks ago, and learned that we’re not all that different. She read the newspaper every day as a child (under orders from her father). I read the newspaper every day as a child. She was a journalist. I’m a journalist.

Maybe one day, I’ll be White House press secretary. (Ha. Ha.)

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Former White House press secretary Dana Perino spoke to a full auditorium in York College's Collegiate Performing Arts Center about her role as press secretary for George W. Bush, and also offered a few tips on how to seize opportunities and advance professionally.

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Last night, I shot a spectacularly weird football game. It was played on the ice rink… with turf carpets laid directly on top of the ice:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A crack in the turf's seam shows the ice underneath at the American Indoor Football game played on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the York City Ice Arena.

It was an American Indoor Football league exhibition-style game, and it was by far the strangest one I’ve photographed. The “field” was 50 yards long, and the goalposts were suspended from the ceiling. Early in the first quarter, management decided to have the game played in only one direction after a player slid on the carpet — which then slipped on the ice — in the far end zone.

Most significantly, the players and the ball were prone to crash into the crowd at any point.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Harrisburg Stampede linebacker Vincent Tiberi is brought down by the Virginia Badgers against the boards as members of the crowd pass by during the third quarter on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at York City Ice Arena. The game was played like an exhibition game to gauge interest in York, with the Stampede winning 70-24.

Almost as significantly, the unevenness of the turf carpet meant extra caution had to be taken.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Bumps in the turf carpet and breaks in the seams were an inevitable obstacle throughout the game between the Harrisburg Stampede and the Virginia Badgers on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the York City Ice Arena. A referee in the fourth quarter tripped on the carpet and hit his head.

But everyone seemed to have fun. And if the higher-ups think the game was a big-enough hit, who knows? Maybe one day York will have its own indoor football team.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. The Virginia Badgers team occupied the visitors hockey bench at the rink in the York City Ice Arena.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Members of the Harrisburg Stampede Starletz dance team perform their number during a dance-off against the Virginia Honey Badgers dance team during halftime on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the York City Ice Arena.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. The Virginia Badgers give the kickoff return during the third quarter against the Harrisburg Stampede on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the York City Ice Arena.

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We don’t usually cover races, but last Saturday’s 5K at John Rudy County Park was different.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A Pennsylvania Game Commission officer attaches a ribbon with fallen wildlife conservation officer David Grove's name printed on it to a flag that memorializes the seven PGA officers who have been killed in the line of duty, prior to the start of the first annual WCO David L. Grove Memorial Run 5K race on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at John Rudy County Park. The pre-race ceremony honoring the seven fallen officers also featured a squad that shot a volley that marked the beginning of the race.

Full cutline: The first annual WCO David L. Grove Memorial Run 5K race featured about 400 participants from seven states — and one from Australia — in John Rudy County Park. The race was organized by Pennsylvania Game Commission deputy wildlife conservation officer Jason Raup and Special Permits Enforcement Division chief Chad Eyler, and will benefit a scholarship fund established in Grove’s name. Grove was a wildlife conservation officer who was shot and killed when attempting to apprehend two deer poachers near Gettysburg in Nov. 2010.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. American flag in hand, John Crone of York Township stands ready near the start line of the first annual WCO David L. Grove Memorial Run 5K race on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at John Rudy County Park. Crone said he participates in every race that memorializes a fallen law enforcement or memorial officer, and that, as a retired Marine, he carries the American flag even while jogging.

Be sure to check out the video I produced, as well.

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© 2008. The sign outside The Maneater's door in the old offices. Taken in Feb. 2008 on Fuji 800 film.

The Maneater – the official student newspaper of the University of Missouri — has deservedly encountered a lot of heat recently because of poor decisions made in the publication of its annual April Fool’s issue.

A lot of heat.

For those unfamiliar with background information, The Maneater is a student-run campus newspaper that’s (almost) financially independent of the university. Because journalism-major upperclassmen are usually engrossed in their sequence work and in the journalism school’s various affiliated newsrooms, the majority of the Maneater staff is underclassmen.

© 2008. News editor Elliot works in the newsroom in Feb. 2008. Taken on Fuji 800 film.

As a former Maneater photographer (2006-07) and photo editor (2007-08), I’m now reviving a belated defense that I drafted almost exactly two years ago, albeit for different reasons. I am also writing this as my own, personal response to a letter another former Maneater editor wrote in support not of the current editors or their decisions but, rather, in support of the newspaper’s status as an independent entity from the university.

Because the aforementioned letter, written by Derek Kravitz, will be submitted as a letter to the Maneater editors, I won’t re-publish large chunks of it here. So for now, I’d like to expound upon this statement:

But we would not be where we are today without The Maneater and we echo the sentiments of Maneater alumni who continue to support the paper and the best university in the country.

I’m not proud of the language used and decisions made by the editors who have since resigned. But I’m proud to have been a staffer and editor at The Maneater. What’s more, I count myself lucky for it: True to Derek’s words, I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for that paper.

I came to Missouri in 2006 fully intending to pursue reporting and joined the paper as a designer and reporter, but — to the chagrin of my parents — began picking up photo assignments. My editor Rae couldn’t have been more patient or helpful. I can say with absolute certainty that I was among the least technically proficient photographers on staff, but Rae challenged and encouraged me. I picked up more and more assignments; learned from fellow staffers about exposure, techniques, gear, composition and more; and eventually was hired to take Rae’s place as photo editor the next year.

If not for The Maneater , it might have been years before I picked up a DSLR camera or learned anything tangible about photojournalism or storytelling. If not for The Maneater, I wouldn’t have been offered my first internship. Who knows where I’d be now, had I not landed that first berth of professional experience?

© 2007. Ryan - Rae's predecessor as photo editor - takes over the photo desk as former copy chief Jamie peers over his shoulder during production night.

The Maneater has had its moments, good and bad, and most recently, it certainly crossed the line. But let’s not overlook the Maneater‘s inherent value as a learning, student-run newspaper:

  • As unprofessional as others — including journalism school faculty — may perceive the Maneater to be throughout the years, that was not at all my experience. Rae and the other editors were strict about staffers’ behaving professionally and respectfully in the field, and we were always expected to come back with a story or photos, no matter how difficult the circumstances or subjects were. When the 2007-2008 editorial board took the reins, we did our absolute best to carry that torch of professionalism.
  • The Maneater trains and helps underclassman journalism students in a way that no pre-sequence class did, at least when I was still in school. Even if it’s “just” a story about a student organization’s barbeque, staffers are learning how to report, interview, write, take photos, produce multimedia and more. They are learning all these things by doing them for public consumption (not just a class) — an incredible opportunity that the journalism school doesn’t afford most students until their third year of college.
  • Speaking from a photojournalism perspective, I believe that former Maneater photographers constitute the majority of in-sequence photojournalism students who are already good or above-average storytellers and who are technically proficient. Of course, many students are good at what they do without having worked at The Maneater. But my observation is that most of the students who enter the sequence already comfortable with themselves as proficient photographers are those who’ve worked as Maneater staff at some point.

I’m not saying that we at the ‘eater were always all business. There were impromptu wrestling matches in the newsroom, the copy desk kept a near-sacred toy dinosaur and I tortured my photographers by opening every production night in the photo cave with Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.” Maneater people worked together, lived together, studied together and went on adventures together. It was college.

© 2008. News editors Michael, Anna, Elliot and Roseann take a break during one of the 2007-2008 staff's last production nights in May 2008.

To the current Maneater staff, and other student journalists: You are still young, so make your mistakes now and learn from them. (I did.) You’ve got a lot of years ahead of you, so buckle up, take the wheel and enjoy the ride.

To everyone who’s jeering at and judging The Maneater: Stop. The editors who resigned have learned their lessons. They weren’t the first (student) journalists to err, but they won’t be the last. Life goes on.

This, from my prospective, is the ultimate takeaway: Maneater staffers and editors mess up sometimes. But more often than not, they get it right when it comes to helping along the next generation of student journalists and upholding the newspaper’s reputation as a passionate, forward-thinking place to work and learn.

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Yesterday late afternoon, we heard reports of a traffic incident clogging up both northbound lanes of I-83 near Loganville. Then we learned that a backhoe being hauled on a tractor-trailer had struck the Loganville overpass bridge, that PennDOT was inspecting the bridge before opening the highway up for traffic and that it’d be a while before the highway would be opened up for traffic. Then we started hearing about people setting up lawn chairs as they waited.

So I headed down there, parked my car where it wouldn’t be a problem and hiked out to the overpass.

This was the centerpiece on our front page today:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A woman walks back to her car as two young children skip beside her on the center shoulder of I-83 northbound, just south of the North Street bridge at the Loganville exit on Thursday, April 5, 2012. A tractor-trailer carrying a backhoe clogged up both northbound lanes on I-83 for three hours after the backhoe hit the bridge that serves as the exit.

And here’s a “cigar guy” photo that wasn’t published:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A PennDOT worker smokes a cigar as he and other workers cleaned up the area underneath the bridge and inspected the underside of the bridge where the backhoe had struck.

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