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Steve Buttry

809 Summer Breeze Dr. #1007
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
(703) 474-0382
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Journalism and Teaching experience
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, July 2014-present
 Director of Student Media, May 2015-present.
 Lamar Family Visiting Scholar, July 2014-May 2015.

Teaching interactive storytelling tools, Spring 2015.
Taught Introduction to Mass Media, Fall 2014.
Running Social Media News Challenge, funded by $150,000 Knight Foundation grant.
Guest lecturer for public relations, ethics and digital brands classes.
Speaker on ethics and digital enterprise reporting at Excellence in Journalism
conference, Nashville.
Panelist for Cronkite Conference on Media Ethics and Integrity, St. Joseph, Mo.
Speaker for ONA Camp Phoenix.
Speaker for Louisiana Scholastic Press Association, Baton Rouge.
Participant in Hacking News Leadership, Poynter Institute and American Society of
News Editors, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Working on Online News Association Build Your Own Ethics Code project.
Winner of Glamann Award from American Copy Editors Society.

Freelance journalism trainer and consultant, 1997-present
While working full-time in various positions, have trained in editing, leadership, narrative
journalism, copy editing, writing and reporting at newsrooms, seminars and journalism
conferences across the United States and Canada and abroad. Advise consulting clients
in a variety of issues relating to digital media.

Digital First Media, New York, N.Y., 2011-2014

Digital Transformation Editor (started as Director of Community Engagement & Social
Media for Journal Register Co., one of two DFM companies).
Coached editors and staffs of more than 70 daily newspapers, more than 200 weeklies
and more than 300 news sites in execution of Digital First strategy.
Led efforts to change culture and workflow through Project Unbolt.
Directed hiring of new editors for Digital First newsrooms.
Coached new editors of Digital First newsrooms.
Led planning and execution of community engagement and social media strategy.
Ran DFMie editorial awards program.

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Planned and led regional engagement workshops (in West Chester, Pa., Denver,
Macomb County, Mich., Los Angeles area, Pittsfield, Mass., El Paso, Vacaville and
Santa Cruz newsrooms).
Led workshops (in 84 newsrooms) for staff and community bloggers on using social
media on the beat, curation, blogging, crowdsourcing, Twitter, liveblogging, community
engagement, writing and the Digital First workflow.
Led companywide effort to develop new guidelines and best practices for Digital First
opinion journalism.
Led efforts to establish standards for ethics and verification in digital journalism and lead
training to prevent plagiarism and teach proper attribution.
Led editorial retention and training efforts.
Served on companywide Diversity Council and Training Council.
Represented DFM and the Online News Association in task force working on ebook
Telling the Truth and Nothing But for National Summit on Plagiarism and Fabrication.

Georgetown University Master of Professional Studies in Journalism program,
Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va., adjunct faculty, 2010-14
 Guest speaker by Skype, Digital Essentials class, fall 2014.
 Co-taught Entrepreneurial Journalism, spring 2014.
 Co-taught Social Media and Reporting, summer 2013.
 Co-taught accuracy workshop, September 2011.
 Taught Social Media and Reporting to visiting Portuguese journalists for joint program of
Georgetown and Committee of Concerned Journalists, August 2011.
 Co-taught Social Media and Reporting, summer 2011.
 Advised and evaluated capstone projects, spring 2011.
 Led Job Hunting in the Digital Age workshop, April 2011.
 Co-taught Entrepreneurial Journalism in the Digital Age, fall 2010.

American University School of Communication, Washington, D.C., adjunct faculty,
 Speaker for boot camp for starting full-time journalism graduate students, August 2013.
 Panelist for career planning day, February 2013.
 Guest speaker on lessons from TBD, fall 2012.
 Consulted on plans for curriculum of media entrepreneurship master’s degree, launched
in fall 2012.
 Taught Disruption and Opportunity in Journalism for Interactive Journalism master’s
degree program spring 2011.
 Panelist for Making the Most of Your Internship program, spring 2011.

TBD, Arlington, VA, February 2010-May 2011

Director of Community Engagement.
Responsible for community engagement strategy.
Managed media relations for launch.
Worked with other senior leaders to plan overall strategy.

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Hired and managed community engagement staff.
Attended daily WJLA-ABC7 planning meetings, coordinating TV news coverage with
digital coverage plans.
Oversaw recruitment and management of TBD Community Network, more than 220
local blogs and news sites.
Responsible for widely praised social media strategy, making strong use of Twitter,
Facebook, Foursquare, Flickr, YouTube, Crowdmap, Storify, Tumblr and other social

Contributor to TBD community blog.

Featured in Quill magazine, May/June 2010: Journalists to Follow.
Named one of 35 social media influencers by Poynter Institute, October 2010.

Gazette Communications, Cedar Rapids, IA, June 2008-February 2010

Editor of The Gazette and GazetteOnline (since renamed

Named Editor of the Year by Editor & Publisher magazine, February 2010.

Directed coverage in June 2008 of a historic flood. With no power for a month, Gazette
staff of about 90 journalists did not miss a print edition, never went offline and provided
multi-platform coverage that won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists,
Inland Press Association, American Copy Editors Society, National Press Photographers
Association, Iowa Associated Press Managing Editors and Iowa Newspaper Association.

Delivered presentations on Gazette staff’s digital coverage of the disaster for eight
organizations across the United States and Canada.

Wrote weekly column and hosted live chats.

Produced a video story about the discovery of a home movie of a historic moment during
World War II.

As C3 innovation coach, led Gazette Communications in pursuit of the Complete
Community Connection (C3), a vision for newspaper companies to pursue a prosperous

Managed newsroom budget.

News industry leader in the use of digital tools such as Twitter and liveblogging; led
webinars on both topics for American Society of News Editors.

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University of Iowa School of Journalism & Mass Communication , Iowa City, adjunct
faculty, 2010
 Visiting professional, 2010.
 Co-taught Create an iPhone App, 2010.

Kirkwood Community College Continuing Education, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, adjunct
faculty, 2009
Taught Using Social Media in Business and Getting Started with Twitter, fall 2009.

American Press Institute, Reston, VA, 2005-2008 (with continuing relationship)

Was a leader in the Newspaper Next innovation project, teaching principles and tools of
innovation in more than 60 seminars and conferences around the world.
Researched and wrote Be the Answer: Using interactive databases to provide answers
and generate revenue, a Newspaper Next report, and led a one-day workshop on
interactive databases.
Promoted and sold API consulting and training services, booking programs for more than
100 clients. Delivered most programs personally; hired and supervised consultants for
other programs.
Led efforts to develop international programs with newspapers and press organizations
in Latin America, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and other nations.
Taught workshops in leadership, project management, writing, copy editing and
multimedia storytelling.
Moderated nine 2006-8 API seminars: Compelling Storytelling Innovations, News Editors
and Copy Desk Chiefs, New Editors’ Survival Kit.
Discussion leader for four API seminars and a webinar, 2009-11 after leaving API staff
and five 2003-2005 seminars before joining staff.
Participated in “Pathway Event” forecasting future news organization for updated
Executive Development Program, March 2010.
Consulted with API staff about future strategy, November 2011.
Wrote Training Tracks blog for API web site and No Train, No Gain web site, contributed
to the N2 Blog and wrote Leadership Tips and Writing Tips blogs.
Applied for and received two grants from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism
Foundation for separate series of ethics seminars, Our Readers Are Watching (20052008), and Upholding and Updating Ethical Standards (2008-2010). Presented ethics
seminars for 13 newsrooms, 11 associations and six universities.

Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, Neb., 2000-2005

National Correspondent and Writing Coach.
Lead reporter on coverage of 9/11, University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Afghanistan
relationship, Sudanese refugee community, fatal bank robbery in Norfolk, Neb., sexual
abuse allegations at Girls and Boys Town and the Omaha Catholic Archdiocese.
Directed newsroom training programs, led writing workshops and coached individual
Won University of Nebraska at Omaha award for reporting on international issues, plus
various state awards.
Oversaw “Reality Checks” audit of World-Herald content and studied and reported on
diversity issues for executive editor.

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Creighton University, Omaha, Neb., 1997-2005

Taught five times in Ad Astra and Arete summer programs for middle school and high
school students.
Taught “Polish Your Writing Skills” and “Buzzwords and Catch Phrases” for Employee
Development Program.
Guest speaker several times for journalism classes.

Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, 1998-2000

Religion Editor and Writing Coach.
Led writing workshops for newsroom and coached individual reporters.
Wrote weekly column. Covered religion news and issues. Covered Pope John Paul II’s
visit to St. Louis. Traveled with Des Moines mission team to Venezuela. Contributed to
coverage of 2000 Iowa caucus campaign.

Omaha World-Herald, 1993-1998

Staff writer, assigned primarily to enterprise reporting and major breaking news.
Notable series on rape, government regulation and mandates and girls basketball.
Notable stories about the rescue of the Woracek twins, abortion, Jim Forsberg’s trail of
violence, a memorable girls basketball team, Lawrence Phillips’ violent history, sexual
abuse by Father Daniel Herek and the people in Buddy Bunker’s Homecoming photo.
Won Inland Press Association award for enterprise reporting, Creighton University
Professional Achievement Award, Jane Pauley Media Award from National Association
of Health Care Recruiters, several state awards.

Minot Daily News, Minot, N.D., 1991-1992

Editor, supervising news staff of 24.
Managed newsroom budget.
Directed conversion from evening to morning publication.
Wrote a weekly column, chaired editorial board and wrote editorials.

Kansas City Star and Times, Kansas City, Mo., 1985-1991

Agri-Business Writer, Assistant Managing Editor/National and Mid-America,
National/Mid-America Editor and Assistant National/Mid-America Editor.
Supervised national and regional news and editing staff of 24, including bureaus in
Washington, Topeka, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Springfield, St. Joseph, Lawrence and
Directed coverage of the 1988 presidential election.
Directed 1990 merger of the Star and Times national and regional staffs.
Managed budget for national and regional staffs, including leases for bureaus.

Des Moines Register, 1977-1985

Staff Writer, Launch Editor for Hometown regional section, Deputy Metro/Iowa Editor,
Chief Assistant City Editor, Assistant City Editor, Copy Editor.
Supervised coverage of 1984 Iowa caucuses.
After 1982 merger of Register and Tribune staffs, supervised reporting staff of more than

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Started metro/Iowa copy desk.
Participated in management training program.

Central College, Pella, Iowa, adjunct faculty, 1980-83
Taught Reporting and Editing, 1980-81 and 1982-83.

Evening Sentinel, Shenandoah, Iowa, 1971-77

Managing Editor, 1977.
Editorial Page Editor, 1976-77.
Staff Writer, 1976-77.
Reporting and editing intern, 1975.
Sports Editor, 1972.
Sports Writer, 1971-72

Student media leadership experience
Louisiana State University

Discussions with student media leaders about digital-first journalism, 2013 and 2014.

University of Western Ontario

Telephone consultation on digital-first student media.

Western Association of University Publication Managers

Conference speaker, 2014.

Iowa State Daily

Faculty and keynote speaker for Journalism, Leadership and Management Conference,
Consulted with faculty advisers and editors visiting Cedar Rapids, 2009.

Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo

Digital-first workshop for student media leaders, 2013.
Skype and phone consultations with faculty about digital-first student media, 2012.

Schieffer School of Journalism, Texas Christian University

Workshop on digital-first workflow for student media, 2012.
Consulting for student media, 2011-2012.

University of Texas-Arlington

Digital-first training for student media leaders and staff, 2012.

University of Oregon

Telephone consultation with Emerald Media publisher and student leaders on digital-first
student journalism, 2012.

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Short-term teaching experience
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State
Speaker at events hosted by the Cronkite School:
 ONA Camp Phoenix, 2014.
 News Foo Camp, 2010.
 Ethics seminar, 2008.
 Newspaper Next regional workshop, 2007.

University of Colorado

Keynote speaker and participant at Digital Journalism Ethics Symposium, 2014.
Digital journalism workshop, 2012.

Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State University

Panelist for First Amendment Day, 2009.
Guest speaker multiple times in the 1980s.

Schieffer School of Journalism, Texas Christian University

Guest speaker for Texas Center for Community Journalism, 2013.
Inducted into Hall of Excellence, 2010.
Keynote speaker for APME Newstrain seminar, 2010.
Ethics seminar, 2009.
Complete Community Connection innovation seminar, 2009.

George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.
Four-time guest speaker for journalism classes, 2010-2013.

National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, 2013.
Industrial College of the Armed Forces, 2012.

Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia

Invited participant for The Engagement Metric conference at Reynolds Journalism
Institute, 2011.

Moderator for discussion on community connection for the ASNE Ethics and Values
Forum at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, 2009.

Consulted with Reynolds Journalism Institute and other University of Missouri faculty on
students’ digital coverage of Associated Press Managing Editors convention, 2009.

Newspaper Next presentation for J-School centennial program, 2008.

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Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association, Ryerson University, Toronto

Keynote speaker, Wordstock, 2007.
Four-time guest speaker, Wordstock, 2002-8.

American Press Institute seminars at universities

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Updating and Upholding Journalism Ethics, 2009.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, The New Newsroom, 2009.
TCU, Updating and Upholding Journalism Ethics, 2009.
University of Nevada-Reno, Updating and Upholding Journalism Ethics, 2009.
Temple University, Updating and Upholding Journalism Ethics, 2008.
Arizona State University, Newspaper Next, 2007 and Updating and Upholding
Journalism Ethics, 2008.
Syracuse University, Newspaper Next, 2007.
University of Southern California, Learning Newsroom, 2007.
Northwestern University, Learning Newsroom, 2007.
Columbia University, Learning Newsroom, 2007.
University of Minnesota, Compelling Storytelling Innovations, 2007.
Cal Poly-Pomona, Compelling Storytelling, 2004 and 2006.

Seminars, guest speaker, panelist at other colleges and universities
American Institute of Business; Cal State-Fullerton; Carleton University; DePaul University (live
Twitter chats twice); Drake University (twice); Emory University; George Washington University;
Harvard University; Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Iowa Western Community College;
Ithaca College (Skype); Johnson County Community College; Kansas State University; Loras
College; Marymount University; Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Neb.; New Mexico
State University; Minot State University; New Mexico State University; Northern Illinois
University; Northern Kentucky University; Santa Clara University (group visiting Washington);
Savannah State University; Stanford University; University of California-Berkeley, Knight Digital
Media Center; University of Central Lancashire (twice via Skype); University of Georgia;
University of Kansas (twice); University of Kentucky; University of Maryland; University of
Nebraska-Omaha; University of North Carolina, Reese Felts Digital Newsroom; University of
North Dakota; University of South Carolina (live and via Skype); University of Southern
California (live and via Skype); University of Western Ontario (via Skype); Washington and Lee
University, visiting Washington, D.C.; Washington University (via Skype); Yale University.

Publication about Journalism and Innovation
Lead author of The Branded Journalist: How to stand out in the digital crowd, published as a pdf
in 2015 in Arabic (English version scheduled for publication in 2015) by Tynes Media Group.
Wrote Why Journalism Professors Should Teach Accuracy Checklists, published by
EducationShift, 2015.
Wrote LSU Students Take On Knight-Funded Social Media Projects, published by
EducationShift, 2014.
Wrote Chapter 2, “Verification Fundamentals: Rules to Live By,” for Verification Handbook
published by the European Journalism Centre, 2014.

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Wrote section on linking for Telling the Truth and Nothing But, ebook published by Reynolds
Journalism Institute, April 2013.
Interviewed for Post-Industrial Journalism by C.W. Anderson, Emily Bell and Clay Shirky,
November 2012.
Interviewed for Can Journalism Survive: An Inside Look at American Newsrooms by David Ryfe,
published October 2012.
Students already consume news digital-first; student media must follow suit, published by
Nieman Lab, September 2012.
Jump in and Learn, published by Buffy’s World, the York Blog, October 2011.
Interviewed for Rules of the Road: Navigating the New Ethics of Local Journalism, by Scott
Rosenberg, published by J-Lab, July 2011.
Quill cover story, Should SPJ Update the Code of Ethics? March-April 2011.
Brave News Worlds, International Press Institute report produced in partnership with the
Poynter Institute, October 2010. Wrote chapter, “Old-School Storytelling Using New-School
News organizations need mobile-first strategy, The Buttry Diary (at the time called Pursuing the
Complete Community Connection), 2009. Reviewed by Mark Potts, Recovering Journalist.
What’s Old Can Be New Again – Assisted By Digital Media, Nieman Reports, Harvard
University, Fall 2009.
“Big Ideas Conference,” The American Editor, 2009.
The 4th C: Culture, published by News Leadership 3.0, 2009.
How to Use Births, Weddings, Graduations to Connect with Communities and Businesses,
published by Poynter Online, 2009.
How are you going to make money? By changing your relationship with your community,
published by OJR: The Online Journalism Review, Knight Digital Media Center, University of
Southern California, 2009.
A Blueprint for the Complete Community Connection, 2009. Reviewed by:
 Mark Potts, Recovering Journalist
 Martin Langeveld, Nieman Journalism Lab, Harvard University
 Mark Briggs, Journalism 2.0
 Michele McLellan, Newsroom Leadership 3.0
 Judy Sims, The SimsBlog
The Buttry Diary blog, started 2008, with posts on topics including Twitter, liveblogging,
journalism ethics, news business models and innovation. More than 900 posts have generated

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more than 800,000 page views. Called one of the 10 best blogs on the future of the news
business by Mark Potts on (when it was called Pursuing the Complete Community
Connection). Reviewed by:
 Martin Langeveld, Nieman Journalism Lab, Harvard University
 Tim McGuire, McGuire on Media, Arizona State University
Be the Answer: Using interactive databases to provide answers and generate revenue,
published by Newspaper Next, 2008.
“Levees fail but the staff holds strong,” published by The American Editor, 2008.
“Flood of Information,” published by APME News, 2008.
“Zeitung am Wendepunkt – Die Newspaper-Next-Story” (written in English, translated by
German Newspaper Publishers Association), Zeitungen 2007.
“You don’t have to fear ‘good enough,’” published by The American Editor, 2007.
“Newsrooms stepping outside for perspective,” published by The American Editor, 2006.
Training Tracks blog, 2004 to 2008, published by No Train, No Gain and American Press
Institute web sites.
Understanding Evangelicals: Tips from the Son of a Preacher Man (and Woman), published by
Poynter Online, 2004.
“Ask early, often, finally: What’s my point?” Masthead, 2003.
“Organizing the Complex Story,” Editors Only, 1999.
Online training materials and blogs also published by,
(no longer available),,, cited by dozens of blogs and syllabi.

Materials contributed to textbooks:
Quoted multiple times and cited in acknowledgements in Editing for the Digital Age, by Thom
Lieb, published 2015 by CQ Press.
Interviewed for and quoted multiples times in Engaged Journalism: Connecting with Digitally
Empowered News Audiences, by Jake Batsell, published 2015 by Columbia Journalism Review
Contributed materials to News Writing and Reporting: The Complete Guide for Today’s
Journalist, by Chip Scanlan, published 2013 by Oxford University Press.
Wrote ethics chapter for Introduction to Journalism textbook, edited by Aaron Chimbel,
published 2012 by Kendall Hunt Publishing.
Entrepreneurial Journalism by Mark Briggs, 2011, pre-publication critique for publisher, CQ

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Interviewed for chapter on interviews, The New Journalist: Roles, Skills and Critical Thinking,
Edited by Paul Benedetti, Tim Currie and Kim Kierans, Edmond Montgomery Publications,
Cited in The Canadian Reporter: News Writing and Reporting, Third Edition, Catherine
McKercher, Allan Thompson, Carman Cumming, Nelson Education Limited, 2010.
Cited in All the News: Writing and Reporting for Convergent Media, Thom Lieb, Pearson, 2009.
Cited in Inside Reporting: A practical guide to the craft of journalism, Tim Harrower, McGraw-Hill,
Cited in The student newspaper survival guide by Rachele Kanigel, Blackwell Publishing, 2006.
Cited in Behind the Message: Information Strategies for Communicators, Kathleen A. Hansen,
Nora Paul, Pearson, 2004.

Other book contributions:
Helped edit and promote wife Mimi Johnson’s novel, Gathering String, 2012.
Epic Surge, Gazette Communications, 2008, Editor of Gazette, led planning for book, assigned
staff members for editing, writing duties.
Interviewed for The Learning Newsroom, ASNE, 2003.
Let’s Do it Better, A Best Practices Guidebook, Edited by Arlene Notoro Morgan, 2001,
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Wrote “Training on a Shoestring” chapter.
Wrote Missouri entries for Americana Annuals, 1989, 1990, 1991.

Other digital journalism and teaching experience
Madison, Wis., Society of Professional Journalists, collaborated in leading sessions on digitalfirst workflow and mobile journalism, 2014. I was on digital remote hook-up, collaborating with
moderator in the conference room.
Webinar on liveblogging for Digital First Media’s Chips Quinn Scholars, 2013
Webinars for Digital First Media colleagues on plagiarism and attribution, using Twitter for
journalism and Facebook engagement, 2011-13.
Ontario Community Newspaper Association, March 2013.
Ohio Newspaper Association, webinar on journalism uses of Facebook and Twitter, April 2012;
webinar on mobile strategy, March 2011.

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Newspapers Canada, webinar on using Twitter for research, November 2011.
Online Media Campus, webinars on blogging, mobile strategy and using Twitter to cover
breaking news, 2010
American Press Institute and Freedom Newspapers, Driving Traffic Using Social Media, May
American Society of Newspaper Editors, Leading Your Staff into the Twitterverse and
Liveblogging as Stories Unfold, April 2009, and Leading a Mobile-First Newsroom, June 2010
Minnesota Newspaper Foundation, series of four ethics webinars, April 2009
Canadian Newspaper Association, Liveblogging: Telling stories as they happen, February 2009
Suburban Newspapers of America, Cheap and Easy Web Strategies, January 2009
Northwestern University, innovation plans at Gazette Communications, October 2008

Training on the web:
International Center for Journalists: Developed materials for online course based on The
Branded Journalist, translated and presented in Arabic, 2015. Workshop handouts translated
into Spanish for ijnet website.
Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, Fla., 2003-2011: Developed Beat Basics and Beyond, an
online beat-reporting course, taken by more than 10,000 journalists, for News University;
updated in 2011 as Introduction to Reporting: Beat Basics. Contributed several training
handouts published by Poynter Online., 2000-2009: Founder, content coordinator, blogger and leading contributor
for No Train, No Gain, former website used by journalists and journalism educators in more than
100 countries. For several years it was the top Google result for “newsroom training.”

Web internship:, Tacoma, Wash., December 2007: Spent one-week internship with Mark
Briggs to learn overview of web operations and contribute to development of online databases.

Training Tracks, blog about journalism training, 2004-2008 for No Train, No Gain and
American Press Institute websites
The Buttry Diary (earlier called Pursuing the Complete Community Connection), blog
about digital journalism and media innovation, 2008-present
Hated Yankees, blog about the New York Yankees, 2009-present
2 Roads Diverged, travel blog co-authored with wife, Mimi Johnson, 2012-present
Gathering String, promotional blog for Mimi Johnson’s novel, Gathering String, 2012present

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Contributor to International News Media Association’s Culture Change blog, 2014.
Regular contributor to Inside Thunderdome, 2012-2014
Regular contributor to TBD community blog, 2010-2011
Regular contributor to N2 Blog, 2006-2008.
Wrote Leadership Tips and Writing Tips blogs (and email newsletters) for API, 20052008.

Guest contributions to Poynter Online, Buffy’s World, Online Journalism Review,
Leadership 3.0.

Social media
Honored by Poynter Institute for leadership in social media. Klout score 69. Led more than 100
workshops and webinars on journalists’ use of social media.

Since 2007. More than 17,000 followers. Named one of 20 journalists to follow by Quill
magazine. Have led dozens of workshops and webinars on Twitter use. #twutorial series on The
Buttry Diary widely praised for Twitter advice for journalists (10 separate posts with over 5,000
views each). Guest host of Twitter chats for #spjchat, #muckedup and #wjchat. Served on
planning committee and occasional host for #ASNEchat. Regular contributor to #dfmchat.

Since 2007. More than 1,200 friends and 500 subscribers on personal account, more than 1,000
likes on journalist page. Blog post on Facebook engagement has more than 8,000 views. Led
webinar and workshop on Facebook engagement (slides for workshop have more than 30,000

Since 2009. More than 170 presentations with more than 370,000 views.

Since 2011. 23 boards, more than 500 followers. Blog post on how newsrooms and journalists
can use Pinterest has more than 4,000 page views.

Other social media
Also have used LinkedIn, Flickr, Foursquare, Storify, Tout, Tumblr, YouTube, Google+.

Led internal staff diversity efforts at the Kansas City Star and Omaha World-Herald, including
Reality Checks content audit at the World-Herald and report to the executive editor after
interviews with current and former staff members of color.
Diversity in hiring dates back to my college days when I hired TCU’s first-ever woman sports
editor. Whatever my role, staff diversity has increased during my tenure when I have been
involved in recruiting and promotions.

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Member of the Digital First Media Diversity Council.
Blogged on the importance of diversity in hiring, news sources, journalism ethics and as a core
value of Digital First journalism. Post on the gender advantage in my career has more than
Panelist for Disrupt Diversity session at 2013 Online News Association conference.

Journalism and innovation training experience
International journalism training & education

Led workshop by Skype for Trinity Mirror Group editors conference, 2015.
32 trips to Canada, leading seminars and workshops at newsrooms, universities and
conferences in nine provinces, 2002-2014.

Panelist for International Journalism Festival, Perugia, Italy, 2013 and 2014.

Panelist for IREX New Media in Russia conference, Lyon, France, 2013

Panel moderator for World Press Freedom Day, 2011.

Social Media and Reporting workshop for Portuguese journalists visiting Georgetown
University and the Committee of Concerned Journalists, August 2011.
Skype interview and video for Press Development Institute-Siberia conference in
Novosibirsk, November 2010.
Presented three workshops for Press Development Institute-Siberia, Barnaul, Siberia,
Led workshops for visiting Siberian journalists at University of Kentucky, September
Newspaper Next workshop for El Comercio, Quito Ecuador, May 2008.
Newspaper Next workshop for Inter American Press Association, Miami, December
Newspaper Next workshop for Grupo de Diarios América, Mexico City, September 2006.
Leadership seminar for GDA, Miami, October 2005.
Helped U.S. hosts and international fellows from Cambodia, China, India, Pakistan,
South Africa, Tanzania, Uruguay and Yemen develop training plans for Alfred Friendly
Press Fellowships, April 2005.
Faculty member for International Center for Journalists, providing training materials for
the web site.
Training materials and commentary about journalism and innovation translated into
Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian
and Spanish.
Hosted visiting journalists from Algeria, Colombia, Croatia, South Africa and Uganda in
international programs of ICFJ and Poynter.
Presentations for groups visiting the United States from Bangladesh, Brazil, China,
Germany, Poland, Sweden and Tajikistan.

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Reporters, editors, bloggers and journalism professors from more than 90 nations on
every continent except Antarctica have attended seminars, sought coaching by e-mail,
requested CD of training materials or communicated about seminars or use of on-line
training materials.

Continuing education for newsrooms
Akron Beacon Journal; Alamogordo Daily News, Alamogordo, N.M.; Ames Daily Tribune, Ames,
Iowa (twice); Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Bakersfield Californian; Bennington Banner,
Bennington, Vt. (three times); Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, Mass. (twice); Brattleboro Reformer,
Brattleboro, Vt. (twice); Buffalo News; Calgary Herald; Cañon City Daily Record, Cañon City,
Colo.; Carlsbad Current-Argus, Carlsbad, N.M.; in Toronto and Vancouver for news and
music staffs; Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston, W.Va. (twice); Cleveland Jewish News; Contra
Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. (twice); The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette, La.; Daily Camera,
Boulder, Colo. (twice); Daily Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.; Daily Local News, West Chester, Pa.
(twice); Daily Review, Hayward, Calif.; Daily Times, Delaware County, Pa.; Daily Times,
Farmington, N.M.; Deming Headlight, Deming, N.M.; Denver Post; The Desert Sun, Palm
Springs, Calif.; East County Times, Antioch, Calif.; Edmonton Journal; El Paso Times (three
times); Erie Times-News, Erie, Pa. (three times); Evening Sun, Hanover, Pa.; Everyday Health,
New York; Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, N.C., twice; Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville;
Fort Morgan Times, Fort Morgan, Colo.; Frederick News-Post, Frederick, Md.; Fresno Bee; The
Gazette, Montreal (twice); Halifax Chronicle-Herald; Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton, Ont. (twice);
Heritage Media, Ypsilanti and Southgate, Mich.; Houston Chronicle; The Hub, Kearney, Neb.;
Journal-Advocate, Sterling, Colo.; The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind. (twice); Killeen Daily
Herald, Killeen, Tex.; Las Cruces Sun-News (twice); Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon, Pa.;
Lincoln Journal Star; Louisiana Business Inc., Baton Rouge; Lowell Sun, Lowell, Mass.; The
Macomb Daily and Daily Tribune, Macomb County, Mich. (twice); The Mercury, Pottstown, Pa.;
Middletown Press (twice), Middletown, Conn.; Minot Daily News, Minot, N.D.; Moline Dispatch,
Moline, Ill.; Montgomery Media, Fort Washington, Pa.; The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio;
Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (twice); New Haven Register (four times); The News &
Observer, Raleigh, N.C.; The News-Gazette, Champaign, Ill.; The News-Herald, Willoughby,
Ohio; The News Star, Monroe, La.; The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.; North Adams Transcript,
North Adams, Mass. (twice); North Platte Telegraph, North Platte, Neb.; The Oakland Press
(three times), Pontiac, Mich.; Oakland Tribune; Oakland Voices; The Oklahoman, Oklahoma
City (twice); Oneida Daily Dispatch, Oneida, N.Y.; The Oregonian, Portland; Ottawa Citizen,
Ottawa, Ont.; Park Record, Park City, Utah; Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, Ill.; Petoskey News
Review, Petoskey, Mich.; Public Opinion, Chambersburg, Pa. (twice); The Record, Kitchener,
Ont.; The Record, Troy, N.Y.; The Reporter, Lansdale, Pa.; Register Citizen Torrington, Conn.
(twice); Richmond Times-Dispatch; Roanoke Times, Roanoke, Va.; Rock Island Argus, Rock
Island, Ill.; Salt Lake Tribune; San Gabriel Valley Tribune, West Covina, Calif.; San Jose
Mercury News (three times); The Saratogian, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; St. Cloud Times, St.
Cloud, Minn.; St. Joseph News-Press and Gazette, St. Joseph, Mo.; St. Paul Pioneer Press
(four times); St. Petersburg Times; San Antonio Express-News; Sentinel and Enterprise,
Fitchburg, Mass.; Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La.; Silver City Sun-News, Silver City, N.M.;
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale (twice); Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith, Ark.;
Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.; The Star Herald, Scottsbluff, Neb. (twice); Star Tribune,
Minneapolis (three times); Stars and Stripes, Washington (twice), Tokyo and Griesheim,
Germany; State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill.; Telegraph-Journal, St. John, N.B.; Temple
Daily Telegram, Temple, Tex.; The Times of Northwest Indiana, Munster (three times); The
Times Herald, Norristown, Pa.; Toronto Star (twice); The Town Talk, Alexandria, La.; The
Trentonian, Trenton, N.J.; Tri-Valley Herald, Pleasanton, Calif.; Tulsa World; The Union, Grass

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Valley, Calif.; Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province & Pacific Newspaper Group; Victoria
Advocate, Victoria, Tex.; Voice Newspapers, New Baltimore, Mich.; West County Times,
Richmond, Calif.; Wichita Eagle (twice); Wilson Daily Times, Wilson, N.C.; York Daily Record,
York, Pa.

Continuing education for newspaper group conferences
Annex Newspaper Group, Tillsonburg, Ont.; Canwest News Service, Ottawa, Ont.; Cariboo
Press, Williams Lake, B.C.; Chesapeake Publishing, St. Michaels, Md.; CNHI, Atlanta, Chicago,
Dallas, Pittsburgh; Cox Newspapers, Atlanta; Enterprise Publishing, Blair, Neb.; Freedom
Newspapers, Dallas; Destin, Fla.; McAllen, Tex.; Mesa, Ariz.; New Bern, N.C.; San Antonio;
Harris Enterprises, Salina, Kan.; Horvitz Newspapers, Bellevue, Wash.; Lee Enterprises,
Tucson, Ariz.; Media General, Hickory, N.C.; MetroValley Newspapers, Coquitlam, B.C.;
Ottaway Newspapers, Middletown, N.Y.; Paddock Publications, Arlington Heights, Ill.; Pioneer
Newspapers, Salt Lake City, Utah; Swift Communications, Reno, Nev.; Tahoe-Carson Area
Newspapers, Carson City, Nev.; Transcontinental Media, Halifax, N.S.; Vancouver Island News
Group, Parkville, B.C. (twice).

Speaker, panelist for journalism conferences and seminars
Accreditation Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago; Activism
+ Media + Policy Summit, Washington; Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association, Calgary;
Alliance of Area Business Publications, Indianapolis; America East, Hershey, Pa. (twice);
American Copy Editors Society, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Las Vegas; American Jewish Press
Association, San Francisco; American Society of News Editors, Washington and Columbia, Mo.,
plus three webinars and two Twitter chats; APME NewsTrain, Omaha, Neb., and Fort Worth,
Tex.; Arizona Newspapers Association, Phoenix and Scottsdale; Arkansas Press Association,
Fort Smith; Aspen Institute Roundtable on Local Journalism, Washington; Associated Collegiate
Press and College Media Advisers, Baltimore; Associated Press Media Editors, Denver;
Associated Press Oklahoma News Executives, Oklahoma City; Associated Press Sports
Editors, Pontiac, Mich.; Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication,
Reston, Va., and Washington, D.C.; Association of Alternative Newspapers, Berkeley, Calif.;
Canadian Association of Journalists, Charlottetown, P.E.I.; Canadian Association of Newspaper
Editors, Lethbridge, Alberta; Winnipeg; Halifax, N.S. (twice); Saskatoon, Sask.; Canadian
Newspaper Association, Toronto (twice), Winnipeg; Colorado Press Association, Denver;
Excellence in Journalism, Anaheim and Nashville; Florida Magazine Association, Orlando;
Florida Press Association, Orlando; Florida Society of News Editors, Orlando; Inland Press
Association, Columbus, Ohio, Chicago and Atlanta; Inland Sea Writers Group, McCook, Neb.;
International Festival of Journalism, Perugia, Italy (twice); International Newspaper Financial
Executives, Las Vegas; Interstate Advertising Managers Association, State College, Pa.; Iowa
High School Press Association, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City; Iowa Newspaper Association, Des
Moines (three times and scheduled for 2015) and Cedar Rapids; J-Lab, Networked Journalism,
Washington; Kansas Press Association, Overland Park and Wichita; Kentucky Press
Association, Louisville; Knight Journalism Fellowships at the Centers for Disease Control,
Atlanta; Louisiana Scholastic Press Association, Baton Rouge; Maynard Institute Multimedia
Editing Program, Reno, Nev.; Maynard Media Academy, Cambridge, Mass.; Media Law
Resource Center, Stanford, Calif.; Mid-America Press Institute, St. Louis, six times; Midwest
Circulation Management Association, Kansas City; Minnesota Free Paper Association,
Bloomington; Minnesota Newspaper Association, Bloomington; Mississippi Press Association,
Biloxi; Missouri Press Association, Columbia; National Association of Science Writers, New
Haven, Conn.; National Newspaper Association, Omaha, Neb., and Albuquerque, N.M.;
National Press Club, Des Moines, Iowa; National Summit on Arts Journalism, Los Angeles;

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National Writers’ Workshops, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (twice), Fullerton, Calif., Omaha, Neb.
(twice), St. Louis (twice), Wichita, Kan., Wilmington, Del.; Nebraska Press Association, Lincoln
(twice); Nevada Press Association, Reno; New England Association of Circulation Executives,
Manchester Village, Vt.; New England Newspaper Association, Boston; New England
Newspaper & Press Association, Boston, scheduled for 2015; New England Newspaper
Operations Association, Portsmouth, N.H.; New England Newspapers in Education, Mystic, Ct.;
New England Press Association, Boston; New Jersey Press Association, Hackensack; New York
Press Association, Saratoga Springs (twice), Albany, Boston and Port Jefferson; New York State
AP Association, Saratoga Springs; News Foo Camp, Phoenix; Newspapers Atlantic, Halifax;
North Carolina Press Association, Raleigh and Wrightsville; North Dakota Newspaper
Association, Bismarck and Minot; Northern Illinois Newspaper Association, DeKalb; Oklahoma
Press Association, Oklahoma City; Ohio Newspaper Association, Columbus (in person and
webinars); Online News Association, Washington and Atlanta; Oregon Newspaper Publishers
Association, Salem; Outdoor Writers Association of America, Roanoke, Va.; Pacific Northwest
Newspaper Advertising Executives Association, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Pennsylvania Newspaper
Association, Harrisburg; Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors, Harrisburg, State College
and Gettysburg; Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, Fla., four times; Poynter’s Journalistic Ethics
in the Digital Age symposium, New York; Poynter/PolitiFact hackathon for development of Settle
It! app; Religion Newswriters Association, Salt Lake City and Miami Beach; Rocky Mountain
Publishers, Healdsburg, Calif.; Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association, Toronto, five times;
Shenfest Writers Jubilee, Shenandoah, Iowa; Society of American Business Editors and Writers,
Kansas City; Society of Professional Journalists, Arlington, Va., and Anaheim; South Asian
Journalists Association, New York (twice); South Dakota Newspaper Association, Pierre;
Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, Columbia, S.C., and Atlanta; Street Fight Summit,
New York; Suburban Newspapers of America, Atlanta, Ga.; Tennessee Press Association,
Nashville; Texas Associated Press Media Editors, Galveston and San Antonio; Texas Daily
Newspaper Association, Austin; Texas Press Association, Austin (scheduled for 2015); Update,
Washington; Utah Press Association, St. George; Virginia Press Association, Richmond (four
times) and Roanoke; Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, Wenatchee; West Virginia
Press Association, Wheeling; Wisconsin Newspaper Association; Wyoming Press Association,

Continuing education for magazines
NurseWeek, Philadelphia; Presstime, Arlington, Va.; Parenting Publications of America,
Charlotte, N.C.

Continuing education for other organizations
National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, Chicago; Bureau of Justice Statistics,
Washington; Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Washington (twice); DMSI,
Omaha; National Association of Government Communicators, Austin, Tex.

University of Missouri, accepted into online master’s degree program, but withdrew before first
class started when I accepted the job with TBD, January 2010.
Creighton University, Omaha, Neb., 1997-98. Courses in web design, page design, creative

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Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, 1972-76, B.A., cum laude. National Merit Scholar.
History Department Senior Scholar. Two semesters as editor of the Daily Skiff.
Shenandoah Community High School, Shenandoah, Iowa, 1972 graduate.

Professional education
Maynard Institute – Fault Lines seminar, 2012.
Poynter Institute – Hacking News Leadership conference, 2014; Poynter McCormick Big Ideas
Conference, 2009. Attended annual conferences for trainers, 2002-2007. Attended annual
National Writers’ Workshops, 1995-2007.
American Press Institute – Newspaper Next Train the Trainers workshop, 2006; Executive
Development Program, 2005; Train the Trainers seminar, 2004.
Harvard University – Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism, 2005-6; Nieman Seminar
for Narrative Editors, 2004.
American Society for Training and Development – Measuring and Evaluating Learning
Certificate, 2005.
Freedom Forum – SuperVision diversity program for newsroom trainers, 2001.
National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting – two seminars in spreadsheet,
database, mapping and Internet research skills, 1995.

Current or former member of:

American Society for Training and Development
American Society of News Editors (former Innovation Committee co-chair, member of
Ethics and Social Media Committees)
Investigative Reporters and Editors
Mid-America Press Institute (former board member)
North Dakota Associated Press Managing Editors (former president)
Omaha Press Club (former board member)
Online News Association
Religion Newswriters Association (former board member)
Society of Professional Journalists

Contest judging
Judged and/or coordinated judging for journalism contests:

American Collegiate Press Pacemaker Awards
Best of Gannett
Catholic Press Association
Digital First Media DFMies

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Editor & Publisher magazine’s EPpy Awards
Florida Press Club
Hearst Newspapers
Knight News Challenge
Media General’s D. Tennant Bryan Awards
New England Press Association
North American Agricultural Journalists
Ohio AP Managing Editors
Religion Newswriters Association
Suburban Newspapers of America

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