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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 feel fortunate to have been a friend and collaborator of Dori Maynard. I can think of no one who more consistently called on journalism to do better and be better. And helped us do better and be better. 
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Newspapers and TV stations have valuable archives that they don't use very aggressively or creatively. Some suggestions for better engagement, content and revenue generation from archives. 
Melody Kramer asked a smart question this week about value in legacy media: I have long felt that newspaper archives were a wasted asset that exposed our legacy mentality, always focused on the exp...
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Thanks! I'm not feeling too bad. Working full days most of the time. I was supposed to start round 4 of chemo yesterday, but by platelets were low, so we've delayed for a few days.
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I've updated last night's post about David Carr's death to add links to several nice tributes, as well as several tweets about his impact. I also got permission to use quotes from a private email exchange about him back in my Digital First Media days:
Last night's death of David Carr leaves a bigger hole in the media than the suspension of Brian Williams from NBC News or the planned departure of Jon Stewart from The Daily Show.  By coincidence, ...
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Prompted by Corey Hutchins piece in CJR on The State identifying murder victim before coroner released the name, I examine factors to consider & ethical principles to weigh: 
When, if ever, should a news organization identify the victim of a slaying before authorities have released the name? Corey Hutchins of Columbia Journalism Review raises those issues in an examinat...
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An old family story launched me on a flight of fancy about the newspaper airplanes of the Bloomington Pantagraph and the Des Moines Register. And a few flying stories from my career (though I never flew on a newspaper airplane). 
In the way that one idea leads to another which leads to another, this post is a flight of fancy. We start with an old family story about the ride my Uncle Pleas took 85 years ago on a plane called...
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Mark Briggs is right: Side projects can boost your career. They've made a huge difference in mine: 
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Some links and thoughts on the New York Times' move to a digital-focused daily meeting, instead of the traditional page-one meeting:
I offer mostly curation, rather than fresh commentary, on the New York Times' move from a daily page-one meeting to a daily meeting focused on digital platforms: Poynter's Ben Mullin explains the c...
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Five years after I left Cedar Rapids, I reflect on my experience there:
I can't believe it's been five years since I left Iowa. In some ways, my adventure at the Cedar Rapids Gazette seems like it was only a year or two ago. In other ways, it seems a lifetime ago. But ...
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Chuck, 

Thanks for your response. I wish you, the company and my former colleagues there all the best as you move forward. I am grateful for my experience in Cedar Rapids and glad that I’ve moved on to other ventures.

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I hadn't been able to come up with the right things to say about the Brian Williams debacle. Until Jon Stewart announced his departure from the Daily Show. Some observations on their intertwined careers and career moves:
Jon Stewart cut his old friend Brian Williams a break, making some really big media news to overshadow the story about the possible death blow to Williams' career. A suspension of the leading ancho...
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Back in my writing-coach days, these were two of my best writing/reporting workshops. I've dusted off and (just a bit) updated the handoffs on writing as you report and using story elements. https://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/writing-as-you-report-an-updated-workshop-handout/ https://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/using-story-elements-an-updated-writing-workshop-handout/
Few techniques helped me more when I was a reporter than when I learned the value of writing as I reported. It challenged my discipline, but when I succeeded at incorporating writing into my report...
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I riff on two good posts by Jay Rosen and Ken Doctor, about the full-stack business approach and whether it would work for media, and about the grim outlook for newspaper companies finally growing again. 
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I couldn't fall back to sleep, so I reflected a while on the threads of inspiration that inspire our writing, some consciously, some more distant. 
My chemotherapy has included strong doses of oral steroids the last four days, followed by interrupted sleep each night. I fell asleep about 11 last night, after a couple days of watching, reading ...
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Thanks for the kind words, Susan!
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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