Steve Buttry joins LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication

Digital First Media’s Steve Buttry is joining Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication next month as the first Lamar Visiting Scholar.

Hiring Buttry “illustrates how strong our transformational effort toward digital journalism is,” says Manship School Dean Jerry Ceppos.

Steve Buttry

Steve Buttry

A release says: “His primary roles will be to teach and work with Ceppos on the school’s $150,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, whose purpose is to develop student-led ideas to use social media to communicate the news. Buttry also will advise the school about the construction of its new Social Media Laboratory and will coach student media on becoming more digitally oriented.”

Buttry, who has been DFM’s digital transformation editor, says: “I relish the challenging questions students ask. I enjoy helping students learn, try and master new skills and concepts. I explored a wide range of opportunities after learning my time at DFM was coming to an end, doing 10 in-person interviews, two video interviews and several phone interviews. I considered academic, news, nonprofit and other types of media jobs. This is what I want to do and where I want to be.”

He starts at LSU on July 1.

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