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Steve Buttry
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Attended Creighton University, various classes, 1990s
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Responding to Jay Rosen​'s take on shoe-leather reporting, I say it's important, but what's most important is being able to take multiple approaches to a story and being resourceful enough to find the combination that works best for this story: 
Jay Rosen has a thoughtful take on "Good Old Fashioned Shoe Leather Reporting," the "single source of virtue" in American journalism. It feels like hyperbole when Jay writes about shoe-leather: "Th...
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Thanks to Jonathan Landay for helping me elaborate on how bad Judith Miller's reporting on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was (and how bad her book "The Story: A Reporter's Journal" is: 
I was perhaps not detailed enough in my criticism of Judith Miller's memoir/fantasy book The Story: A Reporter's Journey. Jonathan Landay, a Knight-Ridder (now McClatchy) Washington reporter, naile...
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Another take on Columbia J-School's report on Rolling Stone's bogus rape story: Journos & news orgs shouldn't use fake names (or anything else fictional): 
A key issue in the Columbia School of Journalism's report on Rolling Stone's botched rape story is the use of pseudonyms to identify key characters in the story. I strongly endorse this conclusion ...
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My take on the Columbia report on Rolling Stone's failures in reporting on rape: 
Investigative reporting is about discovery of a story, not confirmation of your notions. That is the key mistake Rolling Stone made in its false, and now retracted, story "A Rape on Campus," as I r...
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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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Thanks to Toni Momberger and Al Hernandez for giving me the story behind a "Newsboy" picture I've used and enjoyed: 
When I was visiting Toni Momberger's office at the Redlands Daily Facts (one of my favorite newspaper names) in California a few years ago, Toni had to be out of town. But I got to use her office b...
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My review of Judith Miller's "The Story": Don't look for any introspection here; she barely mentions the reporters who got the story right & doesn't examine where she screwed up. It was all her sources' fault. 
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Journalists in Louisiana & surrounding states, I hope you'll make plans to join us in October for this workshop. 
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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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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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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