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The York Daily Record/York Newspaper Co. looks ahead: ‘This is an exciting opportunity for us’

The York Daily Record/Sunday News’ NewsVroom often rolls around York County or can be found engaging with folks at public events. Last week, a major Monday event at the York Daily Record/York Newspaper Co. required its presence in front of our 1891 Loucks Road plant.

More about the big event below:


York Daily Record/Sunday News Publisher Sara Glinestalkes to employees after the announcement that the newspaper was purchased by Gannett Monday, June 1, 2015. Eileen Joyce - Daily Record/Sunday News

Employees learned in the a.m. that Gannett Co., Inc., had acquired enterprises at 1891 from Digital First Media. York Newspaper Co. President/York Daily Record Publisher Sara Glines told staff that some reps from Gannett would be in later in the day to meet with them.’This is an exciting opportunity for us,’ she said. USA Today is Gannett’s flagship publication.



This announcement, of course, gave us an opportunity to dust off our YDR history to run online and in the newspaper. So we went back to the beginning to post the first known newspaper in the York Daily Record’s lineage, Die York Gazette. Yes, it was a German-language newspaper, all four pages of it. It forms an interesting contrast: 1 weekly newspaper v. the 7-day-a-week York Daily Record/York Newspaper Co., with its four websites. (Btw, check out your YDR smarts with this quiz.)





Michael Kane, east group president at Gannett talks to the York Daily Record, York Newspaper Company and York Dispatch after announcing ownership of the properties Monday June 1, 2015. Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News

Michael Kane, Gannett’s East Group president, arrived in the afternoon and talked with employees about their new parent company.



One of the hallmarks of Gannett is its deep and extensive training programs. Later in the week, Investigative Reporters and Editors held its annual conference in Philadelphia. Gannett provided a bunch of scholarships for its journalists to hone their skills in answering the question ‘why.’ The York Daily Record’s Ed Mahon and Brett Sholtis were registered before the sale. Gannett sought them out and invited them to meet the company’s top people.


Someone from Gannett made sure Brett received this Gannett tag for his badge. So the week started with an announcement of new ownership and ended with our reporters well on their way to getting to know their new colleagues.

Also of interest:

Check out this photo gallery of the York Daily Record and its predecessors through the years.