Buttry joins RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS board
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Buttry joins RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS Board
Columbia, Mo.—Long-time journalist and media trainer Steve Buttry was
unanimously appointed to a three-year board term for RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS.
Buttry is the C3 innovation coach for Gazette
Communications, where he guides the company’s pursuit of a mobile-first
strategy and the "Complete Community Connection," Buttry’s vision for a new business model for
local media companies.
"I am delighted to resume my affiliation with RNA. I know of
no journalism organization that provides more valuable services to its
members,” Buttry said.
He joined The Gazette and GazetteOnline.com as editor in
2008 and directed coverage of a flood
that was the biggest natural disaster in Iowa history. The Gazette staff won
the Sigma Delta
Chi Award for deadline reporting for its flood coverage.
Buttry was an RNA member and religion reporter for the Des
Moines Register from 1998 to 2000. He also presented writing seminars at the
2005 and 2006 RNA conferences in Miami Beach and Salt Lake City.
He has spent 38 years in journalism, starting his senior
year of high school as a sports writer at The Evening Sentinel in Shenandoah,
Iowa. He has been a reporter, editor and writing coach for the Kansas City Star
and Times, Minot Daily News and Omaha World-Herald.
"We’re delighted to have someone of Steve’s caliber and
experience on the board,” said Executive Director Debra L. Mason. "He brings
not only expertise on the craft of writing but on the future of our industry,
Buttry has pursued his journalism career and training in more
than 300 newsrooms in 43 states, eight Canadian provinces, Russia, Ecuador,
Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
Before joining The Gazette, he spent three years with the
American Press Institute, focusing mostly on teaching and research in the
Newspaper Next innovation project. He remains affiliated with API, conducting
the "Upholding and
Updating Ethical Standards” seminar series.
Buttry replaced freelance writer
Cathleen Falsani, who resigned her term on the RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS
board to spend more time with her son.
Contact: Debra Mason, 573-882-9257 / DebraMason@RNA.org