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Steve Buttry's career

  • My first journalism job

    My first journalism job
    I started my career as a part-time sports writer for the Evening Sentinel in Shenandoah, Iowa.
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    Steve Buttry's career

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    Evening Sentinel, Shenandoah, Iowa

    I started my professional journalism career at the Sentinel as a part-time sports writer my senior year of high school. I later became sports editor and an intern. After graduation from TCU, I was a reporter, editorial page editor and eventually managing editor.
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    Texas Christian University

    I attended TCU as a National Merit Scholar. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double-majoring in journalism and history. Twice I was chosen Editor of the Daily Skiff.
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    Des Moines Register, first hitch

    I started at the Des Moines Register as a copy editor. I later served as assistant city editor, chief assistant city editor, deputy metro/Iowa editor and a reporter.
  • Iowa caucuses

    Iowa caucuses
    The 1980 Iowa caucuses were the second of seven caucuses I have covered as an editor and reporter for four newspapers. In this photo, a crowd of editors and reporters gathers around me as we call George H.W. Bush the Republican winner.
  • Iowa Caucus Game

    Iowa Caucus Game
    As candidates crisscrossed Iowa campaigning for the 1984 caucuses, I created a board game, published by the Register. It attracted some media attention and was played by some candidates and staffers.
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    Kansas City Times

    I became assistant national/mid-America editor for the Kansas Times. In 1987, I became national/mid-America editor, supervising bureaus in Washington, St. Louis, Jefferson City, St. Joseph, Topeka and Lawrence, plus national and regional reporters in KC. The Times folded in 1990, its staff merging with the Kansas City Star.
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    Kansas City Star

    When the Star and Times merged in 1990, I was assistant managing editor/national and mid-America, adding bureaus in Springfield and Wichita. I later became a reporter, covering agri-business.
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    Minot Daily News

    I was editor of the Minot Daily News, writing a weekly column, chairing the editorial board and leading a news staff of 24. I was fired after 364 days.
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    Omaha World-Herald, first hitch

    I was a general assignment reporter for the World-Herald.
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    Freelance training of journalists

    I have trained journalists and media executives at more than 300 newsrooms, seminars, conferences and universities in 44 states, nine Canadian provinces, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Ecuador and Siberia. Except when I worked full-time as a trainer at API, training has been a side business for me.
  • The Homecoming

    The Homecoming
    One of the best (and absolutely the longest) stories of my career was my narrative about the four people in Earle "Buddy" Bunker's Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, "The Homecoming."
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    Des Moines Register, second hitch

    I returned to the Register in 1998 as religion editor and writing coach.
  • Reporting in Venezuela

    Reporting in Venezuela
    My most memorable Register assignment was a trip to Venezuela with photojournalist Gary Fandel and a Des Moines mission group.
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    Omaha World-Herald, second hitch

    I returned to the Omaha World-Herald as a national correspondent and writing coach.
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    No Train, No Gain

    For a decade, I was content coordinator for No Train, No Gain, a website developed by newsroom trainers around the world, offering journalism training materials. For several years, we were the No. 1 hit when you Googled "newsroom training/"
  • Interview with Mikhail Gorbachev

    Interview with Mikhail Gorbachev
    I interviewed Mikhail Gorbachev when he visited Nebraska.
  • Covering Afghan teachers

    Covering Afghan teachers
    After the 9/11 attack, I spent much of my time covering the work of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Center for Afghanistan studies. I spent most of Novermber 2002 with a group of Afghan teachers visiting the Midwest, including a visit to Mount Rushmore and Wall Drug (pictured).
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    American Press Institute

    I was director of tailored programs for API, taking our leadership and training programs on the road across the United States and Canada, as well as traveling to Mexico, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Ecuador. I taught in the Newspaper Next program and researched and wrote a report on databases.
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    Cedar Rapids Gazette

    I was editor and then innovation coach for Gazette Communications in Cedar Rapids.
  • 2008 Iowa floods

    2008 Iowa floods
    My colleagues at the Cedar Rapids Gazette excelled in covering the 2008 flood. We won national, regional and state awards for reporting, photojournalism, design and headlines, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Deadline Writing.
  • The Homecoming revisited

    The Homecoming revisited
    When I wrote about the Homecoming photo in 1997, I was unable to track down a copy of the home movie I learned was shot that day. That was probably a good thing, because in those dial-up days, no one was doing online video. But when the home movie surfaced in 2008, I was able to give The Homecoming another ride as a multimedia story.
  • Training journalists in Siberia

    Training journalists in Siberia
    I traveled to Siberia in 2009 to lead two days of workshops for the Press Development Institute-Siberia and to be a guest speaker at a symposium celebrating the 20th anniversary of the independent press in Siberia.
  • Editor & Publisher Editor of the Year

    Editor & Publisher Editor of the Year
    Editor & Publisher named me Editor of the Year for my innovation leadership at the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
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    I was director of community engagement for TBD, which covered local news in the Washington metro area on the web, cable TV, mobile apps and social media.
  • Schieffer School Hall of Excellence

    Schieffer School Hall of Excellence
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    Digital First Media and Journal Register Co.

    I am director of community engagement and social media for Digital First Media and Journal Register Co. I lead engagement efforts for newsrooms and websites of 75 daily newspapers plus hundreds of weeklies. The timeline doesn't allow "present" as a choice for the end of a timespan, so this shows the date I made the timeline. I'm still working at DFM and JRC.