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Steve Buttry
Works at Digital First Media
Attended Creighton University, various classes, 1990s
Lives in Herndon, VA
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A journalist asks for advice on networking. I answer: Ask email questions, connect on SM, join Twitter chats, attend conferences ... 
In one of the emails wishing me success in my job search came some questions from a young reporter. I enjoy few thing more here than answering journalists' questions, and I much prefer that to writ...
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Excellent advice, Dan!
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I'm a free agent now. And I know a bunch of others. If you're looking for talented journalists, let me know: 
I learned a long time ago that news was a tough business. I learned it before I watched the death of the Des Moines Tribune and before I experienced the death of the Kansas City Times. I learned it...
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Thanks, Allen and Gil!
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I weigh in on the draft of a proposed "update" to the SPJ Code of Ethics. Members of the Ethics Committee said in August that it just needed a few tweaks, if anything. They have essentially decided to keep it irrelevant to journalists' work today. 
Ethics codes should guide journalists in the world where we live and work, not the world where we wish we worked. At a discussion at the Excellence in Journalism conference last August, several mem...
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My keynote address & slides yesterday from the Digital Journalism Ethics Symposium in Boulder: 
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My #ProjectUnbolt contribution to the new INMA Culture Change blog: about unbolting from the newspaper factory and its culture and deadlines (with a fond memory of the time I got to yell -- in the pressroom -- "Stop the presses!"
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I've grown tired of telling journalists why they should use Twitter, but here's another reason: When you get fired, it provides encouragement and opportunities. And even drinks: 
For much of my first five or six years on Twitter, I tried to convince other journalists of its value. I'd assure them that you didn't have to tweet about what you had for breakfast and that it rea...
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I continue my analysis of proposed revisions to the SPJ Code of Ethics:  
This continues my analysis of a draft of a revision to Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. I commented Friday on the changes to the "Seek Truth" section of the code. Here I'll addre...
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Yes, I have a new name for my blog. Thanks to all who contributed to the ACES Education Fund. And to Gene Weingarten for the suggestion and Ivan Lajara for my new blog header:
I struggled to come up with a name for my blog and I've changed it several times. But I'll keep this one for at least a month. First this blog was "Puttin' on the Gaz," back when I was editor of th...
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As we try to unbolt from Sunday-story thinking, I propose questions to guide the planning of digital enterprise journalism: 
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Thanks to Christopher James for noting that, however our delivery systems and workflows change, journalism is still about good storytelling:
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Digital Transformation Editor
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  • Digital First Media
    Director of Community Engagement & Social Media, 2011 - present
  • Journal Register Company
    Director of Community Engagement & Social Media, 2011 - present
  • 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 Director of Community Engagement and Social Media for Digital First Media and the Journal Register Co. 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, eight Canadian provinces, Russia, Ireland, Venezuela, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Ecuador.
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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