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Steve Buttry

Director of Community Engagement & Social Media

Herndon, VA

Steve Buttry

I'm a journalist with print roots and digital blossoms.

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How journalists and newsrooms can use Pinterest

As Pinterest grows in use, it grows in value to journalists and news organizations. I don't pretend that I know all the ways that journalists should use Pinterest. My Digital First Media colleagues and I are discussing and experimenting with this now and many of them are well ahead of me.
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How do you recapture the joy and excitement of journalism?

"I need to find the joy and excitement I once experienced as a journalist," an editor told me in a recent comment on my blog. "I just don't feel it right now. I pray it will return."
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As the American Press Institute closes, another piece of my past fades away

As the American Press Institute closes, another piece of my past fades away March 23, 2012 by Steve Buttry Like a drawing on the Etch-a-Sketch that is so popular in politics now, my journalism past has pretty much been shaken clean. Almost everywhere I worked has been shut down or sold: Columbus (Ohio) Citizen-Journal.
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Memories of covering seven Iowa caucuses in four decades

I've had a lot of fun covering the Iowa caucuses. It feels odd to be mostly sitting this one out. Last week I noted that I think it's time for Iowa to relinquish its place at the front of our nation's political line (or for political parties or federal legislation to reform the process, giving other states a turn).
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Storytelling in journalism: No estoy muerta (I am not dead)

This will be a long post about storytelling in journalism. It starts with a story I wrote in 2000 that was never published. This was from a trip I made to Venezuela as a reporter for the Des Moines Register. In this version, I identify the Venezuelans I interviewed only by their first names.
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Homecoming revisited

A photograph at an Iowa train station by Earle "Buddy" Bunker of the Omaha World-Herald won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944 and became one of the most famous photos of the World War II era. Sixty-five years later, a home movie has surfaced, showing the same moment and showing Bunker hustling into position to shoot the historic photo.
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The Homecoming

The homecoming was joyous - an exuberant hug frozen forever by a camera's flash.
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Aggregation guidelines: Link, attribute, add value

Aggregation has become a dirty word in much of journalism today. Bill Keller, former editor of the New York Times, last year wrote: "There's often a thin line between aggregation and theft." Patrick Pexton, Washington Post ombudsman, in an April 20 column called plagiarism "a perpetual danger in aggregated stories."
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5 ways my Mom and my sons' Mom shaped my journalism career

As I considered writing something about Mom or Mimi for Mother's Day, I initially dismissed the idea as not right for my blog.
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Don't let your bosses' decisions control your career success or happiness

Don't let your bosses' decisions control your career success or happiness April 12, 2012 by Steve Buttry At the risk of repeating myself, don't let valid obstacles in your newsroom become excuses for your failure to develop as a digital journalist. No one benefits (or hurts) more from your career than you do.
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Dear Newsroom Curmudgeon ...

Dear Newsroom Curmudgeon, I sometimes share your anxiety and occasionally share your concerns about some of the changes in journalism. I learned journalism in the old school, same as you. I am steeped in the same values of accuracy, fairness, dogged reporting and good writing that you cherish.
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How Digital First succeeds at making money

How Digital First succeeds at making money December 23, 2011 by Steve Buttry I have blogged this week about various aspects of Digital First journalism. For any of that to succeed, Digital First must succeed as a business. It will. It is. I'm not going to explain that in detail in this post, though.
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About

Steve Buttry

I've been a reporter, editor, writing coach, trainer and various executive positions at seven newspapers, a digital startup, the American Press Institute and Digital First Media. In my 40-year journalism career, I have covered news, trained journalists and attended events in 44 states, nine Canadian provinces, Ireland, Venezuela, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador and Siberia.

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