Publisher: No cursing in the newsroom!

York (PA) Daily Record and York Newspaper Company publisher Sara Glines wants her journalists to watch their language in the newsroom. Her memo:

From: Sara Glines
Date: Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 4:11 PM
Subject: Appropriate office speak
To: PA-YorkDailyRecord, PA-YorkNewspaperCompany, PA-LebanonDailyNews, PA-PublicOpinionNews, PA-EveningSun, Teresa Hoover, Allison Roth-Cooper

I’ve heard some troubling conversations recently, so I want to remind all employees that cursing is not appropriate in the work environment.

It’s not appropriate in the office and it’s not appropriate when you are representing us elsewhere.

I know that newspapers have had a salty history and culture. And I know that we all will slip from time to time. Still, I believe we can express ourselves adequately without the use of profanity.

Let’s clean up our language and make this a workplace that anyone can feel comfortable in.



My tipster writes: “The swearing that offends her probably came from people looking for Snickers and Mountain Dew” in the company vending machines.

From: Sara Glines
Date: Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 1:31 PM
Subject: Coming Soon! Healthy Vending
To: PA-YorkDailyRecord, PA-YorkNewspaperCompany, Teresa Hoover, Allison Roth-Cooper

Happy 2015 everyone!

If your new year resolution is to eat healthy, we’re here to help. Our Healthy Vending machines will be installed on Thursday! No more Mountain Dew, No more Snickers bars. But there will be plenty of tasty treats. I’ll put an array of snacks out for you to sample on Thursday when the switch happens, but I think you’ll see some very familiar offerings.

There are more snacks available than you’ll see in our initial offering, so if there is something you were hoping for but don’t see, let me or Donna or Tiffany know and we’ll see if we can get it.

And an added bonus, the new machines will accept credit cards, so you can snack without borrowing cash from your colleagues.

Have a happy and healthy new year!

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