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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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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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Effective networking contributes to career success. I start a series on networking today with advice for making professional connections work for you.
A few recent experiences have underscored the value of networking. I’ve seen student or professional journalists launch or advance their careers in part because of their strong professional n…
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Forgot to post this yesterday, my CJR piece about reconnecting with a source from a story nearly 20 years ago: http://www.cjr.org/first_person/buttry_story.php And here's my more personal blog post: https://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/a-source-reconnects-from-a-20-year-old-story/
One of the first things I noticed about Bridget Hegarty was her voice. It was a strong voice, but a pained one. Three years earlier, as a 17-year-old student at a Catholic high school, she’d been raped and...
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I address the notion that journalists need "superpowers" to land a job today:
A journalist doesn’t need superpowers. But if you excel in a particular skill that’s in short supply, you won’t be one of those journalists whining about pay. Or if you do whine, …
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If we're going to have a meaningful debate about identifying mass killers in media coverage, we need to understand each others' arguments. 
We can’t have a reasonable debate about media coverage of mass killers if people fail to understand the opposing arguments. Andrew Seaman’s post this week for the SPC Ethics Committee B…
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My take on the New York Times' new guidelines on using unnamed sources: Important steps forward, though I have some suggestions on what the required conversations among editors should cover. 
Updated edition of my post for journo nerds! (Includes full text of editors’ email to newsroom on unnamed sources) — Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) March 15, 2016 The New York Times finally h…
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Prompted by a Howard Owens tweet, I blog some advice for localizing distant news stories: https://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/2016/05/21/tips-for-finding-local-stories-in-national-and-world-news/
Finding local stories in national and international news isn’t always easy. But many big stories have local angles, and the news organizations that make the effort can tell important local st…
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On humanity in reporting: What do we do about light bulbs, tears and hugs?
I have written occasionally here about objectivity and humanity in reporting. I call your attention today to an excellent piece on the topic by John Leland of the New York Times: Attached: When Rep…
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Newspapers need leaders like Teresa Schmedding. She led ACES beyond newspapers, and now she's headed there herself.
#ACESchat @ 4 p.m. ET today w/ ACES Prez @TSchmedding. Topic: triage editing & her #ACES2015 headline tips session. pic.twitter.com/zb5vt3Ypfv — Dragonfly Editorial (@DragonflyEdit) February 18…
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Responding to criticism of the Future of Student Media Summit, this middle-aged white guy reports on the challenges and importance of diversity in planning journalism events: 
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I vent frustration about the newspaper industry's longstanding record of talking a better game than it walks on reinvention. Yet I'm still optimistic about the business and the Boston Globe's new effort to reinvent itself. 
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Thanks to Eric Nalder for expanding on my advice for dealing with reluctant sources. No one better at getting important info on the record: 
In last week’s post on interviewing reluctant sources, I cited Eric Nalder’s advice on “ratcheting” to gradually get some or all of a source’s information on the recor…
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