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Steve Buttry
Works at Louisiana State University
Attended Creighton University, various classes, 1990s
Lives in Herndon, VA
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I salute Hank Glamann (about whom I just learned quite a bit) and thank Teresa Schmedding​ & #ACES2015 for associating my name with Glamann. And then I thank a lot of other people: 
Friday evening was an incredible time for me. After waiting most of the day to work out details of how I would receive intravenous antibiotics at home, I finally left the hospital about 7:15, endin...
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Those people who think journalism ethics are timeless need to read Sid Hartman's column reminiscing on his time at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He tells of times when it was fine for sports writers to also work for the local teams that they covered. He tells of helping the paper's owner lure major league teams to town. Ethical principles change over time, and ethics codes should reflect their times, not pretend they can be timeless. 
People who think journalism ethics principles are timeless have short memories. Or no knowledge of journalism history. When I failed last year to persuade the Society of Professional Journalists to...
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Thanks to Charlie Meyerson​ and Don Fry for good discussion of the danger (or value) of "uh-huh" in interviews: 
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A journalism prof asks how to help a student who gets nervous about conducting interviews. I respond by updating my interviewing handout from my writing-coach days. Tomorrow, I'll share lots of responses from veteran journalists (and one of the most interesting Facebook threads I've been on in a while): 
In a Facebook group, a journalism professor this week asked a bunch of veteran journalists for help with a student who "is really struggling when he has to interview people in his intro to reportin...
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I join and applaud Kenny Irby's call for a re-examination of photojournalism ethics. My contribution to an important conversation (in an area where I have more interest than expertise): 
Photojournalism ethics needs a reexamination | Poynter.: — Kenneth F. Irby (@irbyman) March 6, 2015 I agree with Kenny Irby's call for photojournalism organizations to re-examine and update their c...
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Thanks to Om Malik and GigaOm for a great run. And I salute the important voice of Mathew Ingram​ in links (seems appropriate). I hope he lands somewhere soon. He's an essential commentator and reporter on digital media who needs a prominent platform. 
I am saddened by the news that GigaOm has shut down its operations, burdened by debt. I regard Mathew Ingram as one of the most important, insightful commentators on digital media (and not just bec...
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I'm not daunted by news organizations becoming dependent on digital companies such as Facebook. We've always had lots of dependencies on other businesses and government in the news biz. But I'd be really careful about getting as dependent on the crappy Facebook iPad app as the Kansas City Star used to be on carriers it couldn't control: 
I blame Facebook's crappy iPad app for this blog post. I actually thought of the topic for this post before falling asleep around 11 p.m. That's when I read the New York Times story about the Times...
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A discussion on Twitter prompted this post on being "stupid" in interviews: 
I'm pleased that my recent posts about interviews have spurred some discussion. This comment and the responses seemed worthy of another post: this is a master class in how to interview from @steveb...
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Two dozen veteran journalists share advice for overcoming nerves when interviewing sources: 
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Sorry about the bad link. WordPress put the wrong publication date on this post, and when I changed the date, it changed the URL. Here's the original post with the right URL (thanks to Dale Alison for pointing it out): I join and applaud Kenny Irby's call for a re-examination of photojournalism ethics. My contribution to an important conversation (in an area where I have more interest than expertise):
Photojournalism ethics needs a reexamination | Poynter.: — Kenneth F. Irby (@irbyman) March 6, 2015 I agree with Kenny Irby's call for photojournalism organizations to re-examine and update their c...
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Aaron Kushner's crash in River City -- er, Orange County -- continues. The "think system" works nice on the stage and screen, but in the media business, you have to be able to play, or you're in trouble with a capital T. 
You kinda love Harold Hill when you watch "The Music Man," even though you know he's a hustler. But the "think system" only works on stage or screen with an audience of adoring and forgiving parent...
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Responding to Craig Silverman​'s Emergent report for the Tow Center, I offer tips on how newsrooms & journalists should handle rumors. 
Journalists and news organizations need to do a better job of avoiding involvement in the spread of lies and unconfirmed rumors. Accuracy and credibility are the heart of good journalism, and Craig...
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Digital Transformation Editor
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  • Louisiana State University
    Lamar Visiting Scholar, 2014 - present
  • Journal Register Company
    Director of Community Engagement & Social Media, 2011 - 2014
  • Digital First Media
    Director of Community Engagement & Social Media, 2011 - 2014
  • TBD.com
    Director of Community Engagement, 2010 - 2011
  • American Press Institute, 2005-8
  • Omaha World-Herald, 1993-8, 2000-5
  • Des Moines Register, 1977-85, 1998-2000
  • Minot Daily News, 1991-2
  • Kansas City Star and Times, 1985-91
  • Shenandoah (IA) Evening Sentinel, 1971-77
  • Gazette Communications, 2008-2010
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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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Lamar Visiting Scholar at LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication
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I am the Lamar Visiting Scholar at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. 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.
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  • Creighton University, various classes, 1990s
  • Texas Christian University, BA, 1976
  • Shenandoah High School, graduated 1972
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Stephen Buttry, Stephen A. Buttry