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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 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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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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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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Leading a Digital First newsroom

Digital First editors are caught in transition. Many are longtime print editors. However much they have been embracing and resisting the digital transformation the past couple decades (and most of us have been doing some of both), they understand now that the future is digital and they want to help lead that newsroom of the future.
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10 ways to think like a Digital First journalist

10 ways to think like a Digital First journalist December 21, 2011 by Steve Buttry Digital First journalists think creatively and individually, so this is a post that can't be completely true. To whatever extent my observations here are true, Digital First journalists will reflect wide variety in the degree and application of the ideas and views I describe here.
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Digital First journalists: What we value

Journalism values are not timeless and etched in stone. Values have changed through the years and the Digital First journalist recognizes that they are changing today. In some ways, a Digital First journalist shares the values of traditional journalism but may pursue them in different ways.
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How a Digital First approach guides a journalist's work

Digital First means different priorities and processes for journalists. The name and approach of my company, Digital First Media, is getting a lot of attention in journalism, and other companies have declared they will follow a digital-first approach. But I don't think the approach is yet widely or well understood.
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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.