Steve Buttry

Grew up in the old school, learning and teaching in the new school

I'm director of community engagement and social media for Digital First Media and the Journal Register Co. I've been a reporter, editor, writing coach and community engagement director in eight newsrooms (most recent first):, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Omaha World-Herald, Des Moines Register, Minot (N.D.) Daily News, Kansas City Star and Times, Shenandoah (Iowa) Evening Sentinel. I was director of tailored programs for the American Press Institute.


Blog posts about digital journalism

How a Digital First approach guides a journalist's work
Digital First journalists: What we value
10 ways to think like a Digital First journalist
Leading a Digital First newsroom
How Digital First succeeds at making money
Dear newsroom curmudgeon ...

Blog posts about social media

Updated and expanded Twitter tips for journalists
How journalists and newsrooms can use Pinterest
I'm starting to enjoy Pinterest
Suggestions (but not standards) for live tweeting

The business of news

A Blueprint for the Complete Community Connection
News organizations need mobile-first strategy
A possible new business model for obituaries
Newspapers don't need new ideas; here are lots of new ideas for revenue streams
National Summit on Arts Journalism


An American Story: The Life and Times of a Midlands Family
This is the story of the people in Buddy Bunker's famous photo, "The Homecoming"
Homecoming revisited
Rescue of twins took many hands
A narrative account of the rescue of 3-year-old twins Jennifer and Kourtney Woracek
Lessons in narrative journalism from the rescue of the twins
A blog post about reporting and writing the rescue of the twins.
Storytelling in journalism: No estoy muerta (I am not dead)

Steve Buttry's career

My journalism career
My journalism training career
My journalism teaching career
My career Pinboard
Memories of covering seven Iowa caucuses in four decades

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