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Steve Buttry
Worked at Louisiana State University
Attended Creighton University, various classes, 1990s
Lives in Herndon, VA
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The American Press Institute​ releases two reports on innovation in news organizations, one offering a strategy, the other citing best practices. They remind me of the Newspaper Next project when I was at API. I hope this one leads to deeper, more lasting change in the news biz, because we need it. Still. 
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An editor asks about digital production -- how to measure reporters' productivity and how to deal with complaints that some are doing more than others. I answer. https://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/what-digital-productivity-expectations-should-reporters-meet/
An editor at a mid-sized newsroom asked me some questions about digital productivity expectations for reporters: We are banging our heads against the wall about this: How much content should report...
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That one-year gig at LSU that I took on last year? Now I have a long-term position. Nice to get a new job without changing employers. I'm delighted to remain at LSU and help lead our student media in meeting the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead: 
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I ask questions about Journal Media Group​'s Four Platform Newsroom program. Mizell Stewart III​, Mark Tomasik and Jack McElroy answer: 
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Former Scripps newsrooms have been working on newsroom transformation, a topic near and dear to me. I review a report on their work and offer some advice of my own: 
I am cheering on the Four Platform Newsroom transformation efforts of the former E.W. Scripps Co. newsrooms. And I encourage you to read a new report, published today, about the Scripps project: Di...
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A reporter asks for some interviewing advice. I respond at some length:
A reporter's email asked for advice on "steeling oneself to ask the tough questions? I ask as someone who tends toward introversion when the going gets tougher." Effective tough questions (and good...
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Many headlines & tweets about the crash that killed John and Alicia Nash just mention one of them. Not the one who inspired Jennifer Connelly's Oscar-winning performance. Didn't Alicia Nash deserve a mention? 
I saw a bit of sexism on display by media and Twitter users in noting the deaths of John and Alicia Nash, the couple whose lives were portrayed in the movie "A Beautiful Mind." The Nashes died in a...
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I'm long gone from Digital First, but can't resist speculation about what's happening or might happen: 
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Two posts today dealing with newsroom transformation at the Redding Record Searchlight. Editor Silas Lyons answers some of my questions & Content Editor Michelle Rogers​ shares links showing the newsroom's work. https://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/silas-lyons-explains-the-four-platform-newsroom-approach-in-redding-calif/ https://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/michelle-rogers-shares-links-showing-newsroom-transformation/
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Thanks to Scott Blanchard for sharing some advice and continuing the conversation on tough interviews: 
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"Gavin Rees, director of Dart Centre Europe, says that in every interview, there are two conversations: The one in the foreground that you're having with the other person, and the one in the background that you're having, in your head, with yourself."
-This is so true. It was a struggle sometimes, especially in over-the-phone interviews. I like how Blanchard talked about having balance in an interview.
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In 1997, I examined the racial divide in our community and nation for the Omaha World-Herald. Here's how I'd update that story today:
I wrote this story in June 1997 for the Omaha World-Herald. At the time, President Bill Clinton was trying to focus the nation's attention on addressing its racial divide, through a program called ...
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Facebook keeps changing its news-feed algorithm. I guess it's time I updated my Facebook engagement tips. 
This week I saw a post from a Digital First Media newsroom in my Facebook news feed, and was surprised to see it there. I "liked" dozens of DFM newsrooms during my time there, but don't particularl...
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Director of Student Media, LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication
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  • Louisiana State University
    Lamar Visiting Scholar, 2014 - 2015
    I came to LSU in 2014 as Lamar Visiting Scholar and became Director of Student Media in May 2015.
  • Digital First Media
    Director of Community Engagement & Social Media, 2011 - 2014
    I came to the Journal Register Co. in 2011 as Director of Community Engagement. The company changed to Digital First Media and my job changed to Digital Transformation Editor. I led 75+ newsrooms in training, leadership development and culture change in pursuing stronger digital performance.
  • TBD.com
    Director of Community Engagement, 2010 - 2011
    I led the community engagement staff for a short-lived Washington, DC, local news startup.
  • American Press Institute, 2005-8
    Director of Tailored Programs, 2005 - 2008
    I sold and delivered API programs to news companies, press associations and journalism organizations around the world. I played key roles in the research, training and promotion of the Newspaper Next project
  • Omaha World-Herald, 1993-8, 2000-5
    National Correspondent and Writing Coach
    I worked two hitches for the World-Herald, as a reporter from 1993 to 1998 and as national correspondent and writing coach from 2000 to 2005.
  • Des Moines Register, 1977-85, 1998-2000
    Religion Editor and Writing Coach, 1998 - 2000
    I spent two hitches at the Des Moines Register, as a copy editor, assistant city editor, assistant metro/Iowa editor and reporter from 1977 to 1985, and as religion editor and writing coach from 1998 to 2000.
  • Minot Daily News, 1991-2
    Editor, 1991 - 1992
    I was editor of the Minot Daily News from 1991 to 1992
  • Kansas City Star and Times, 1985-91
    Assistant Managing Editor/National & Mid-America, 1985 - 1991
    I was assistant national/mid-America editor, national/mid-America editor, assistant managing editor/national/mid-America and agribusiness reporter.
  • Shenandoah (IA) Evening Sentinel, 1971-77
    Magnaging Editor, 1971 - 1977
    I worked for the Sentinel before and after going to college, starting as a sports writer, and serving as sports editor, news intern, news reporter, editorial page editor, and finally managing editor.
  • Gazette Communications, 2008-2010
    Editor, 2008 - 2010
    I was editor the Gazette and gazetteonline, and was named Editor of the Year by Editor & Publisher magazine.
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Herndon, VA
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All over. I was an Air Force brat. - Reston, VA - Omaha, NE - Minot, ND - Shawnee, KS - Des Moines, IA - Shenandoah, IA - Fort Worth, TX - Reynoldsburg, OH - Lockbourne AFB, OH - Wakkanai, Japan - Sunset, UT - Flitwick, UK - Winter Haven, FL - Sampson AFB, NY -
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Director of Student Media at LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication
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I am the Director of Student Media at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. I spent my first year at LSU, 2014-15, as Lamar Family Visiting Scholar. Before coming to LSU, I was Digital Transformation Editor at Digital First Media. I was Director of Community Engagement for TBD. I have worked as an editor, reporter, writing coach, consultant for seven newspapers and the American Press Institute. I have pursued my journalism career in 44 states, nine Canadian provinces, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Siberia and Venezuela.
Education
  • Creighton University, various classes, 1990s
  • Texas Christian University, BA, 1976
  • Shenandoah High School, graduated 1972
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Stephen Buttry, Stephen A. Buttry