Slow Death of the Two-Newspaper Town

York, Pennsylvania, has been a two-paper town for more than 100 years.

The York Daily Record and York Dispatch have had a joint operating agreement since 1990. They compete fiercely for stories, and they’re both known for different things.

The Daily Record has a robust social media presence and has always leaned further left than its rival. It also has one of the best Penn State football beat writers, Frank Bodani, in the state.

The Dispatch offers investigative reporting on statewide issues such as the heroin epidemic and strong editorials calling for action on education and the state budget impasse. It didn’t publish pictures on its front page until the 1980s.

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