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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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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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Lessons in narrative journalism from the rescue of the twins

One of my former newspapers, the Omaha World-Herald, has posted one of my best stories online. I wrote a 1997 narrative of the rescue of 3-year-old twins Jennifer and Kourtney Woracek. The story from the World-Herald archives was republished Sunday as a related link to an update on the twins (now 17), written by World-Herald columnist Mike Kelly, a friend for 18 years.
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Rescue of twins took many hands - Omaha.com

Jennifer's tiny heart gave up. But no one else would.As paramedic Gary Wood reached to lift 3 - year - old Jennifer Woracek onto a stretcher to take her to a helicopter that would fly her to another hospital for more life - saving treatment, the gold line on her heart monitor went flat.Two hours after police began an intense search for Jennifer and her twin sister, Kourtney, an hour after the snow - caked girls arrived at the St.
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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.