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#Tip: Follow this series on advice for editors

May 3rd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Steve Buttry has started a series and hashtag on advice for editors (or #advice4editors) as a personal addition to his work as digital transformation editor at Digital First Media and Journal Register Co.

Although it is aimed at new editors in DFM newsrooms it is equally applicable to editors elsewhere or pretty much anyone in the field of journalism: breaking habits, the importance of listening and leading by example may be obvious characteristics but having them illustrated in a newsroom context makes them more applicable – and somehow more real.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Verifying Twitter content

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Digital First Media’s digital transformation editor Steve Buttry has produced a detailed post outlining a series of techniques for verifying content on Twitter.

Last year, Journalism.co.uk also produced a how-to guide on verifying content shared on social media.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – what and how to tweet as a journalist

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Continuing his series of #twutorials on his blog The Buttry Diary, in his latest post Digital Media First’s Steve Buttry outlines the different ways journalists can use Twitter, and what sort of things they should be tweeting about. His opening statement pretty much sums things up in a couple of sentences:

Tweet about what you’re working on. And if no one cares about what you’re working on, find better stories or find another line of work.

But the post also goes into a lot more detail about the different sorts of tweeting journalists may find themselves doing, from breaking news or updating ongoing developing stories, to tweeting stories by others. This includes looking at best practice in offering an alternative to the original headline, or adding your own context within the character limit.

See the full post here.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk- pointers on curation best practice

Director of community engagement and social media for Digital First Media in the US Steve Buttry has produced a collection of “techniques, types and tips” on his blog The Buttry Diary, following the company’s launch of a new curation team.

His advice covers points such as linking and attribution. He also highlights some of the different forms of curation which exist.

And keeping with the theme Buttry also offers a collection of links to other content relating to the topic of curation.

Here’s the full post on his blog.

Here’s also a link to a podcast from Journalism.co.uk earlier this year which looked at examples of news industry approaches to curation and aggregation.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – Twitter techniques for journalists

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Steve Buttry, director of community engagement and social media for Digital First Media in the US has posted on his ‘The Buttry Diary’ blog the first of what he plans to be a series of posts looking at specific techniques for using Twitter, aimed at journalists, roughly each week.

His first post was published this week and addresses search. Here is a line from his first post:

Twitter’s basic search just added some new features, and I encourage journalists to check out its new features, including the ability to search the tweets of the people you follow. But advanced search has more useful features, especially for local news reporters.

Read the post in full here.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – links to lessons on using Pinterest

Director of community engagement & social media of Digital First Media Steve Buttry has compiled a list of “helpful things that others have written about Pinterest”, which include journalists themselves sharing how Pinterest is being used by newsrooms and other advice on using the platform, such as tracking the source of images.

He also helpfully links to his own advice on how journalists and newsrooms can use Pinterest.

Tipster: Rachel McAthy

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – how and when to attribute

Director of community engagement and social media at the Journal Register Company, Steve Buttry, has published an incredibly useful handout on how and when to attribute in articles, which he refers to as “a matter both of journalism ethics and of strong writing”:

Readers are entitled to know where we got our information. If we are citing official statistics gathered by a government agency, that tells the readers something. If we are citing the contentions of an interest group or a political partisan, that tells the readers something else. If we don’t attribute our information, readers rightly wonder how we know that.

Buttry’s advice includes when a journalist should and shouldn’t attribute, giving specific examples, as well as the importance of using copy and paste carefully, how to link out to sources, how to attribute anonymous sources and how best to reference press releases.

Tipster: Rachel McAthy

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#Followjourn @stevebuttry /community manager

April 22nd, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Recommended journalists

Who? Steve Buttry

Where? Steve Buttry is director of community engagement at TBD. He writes about journalism in his blog The Buttry Diary.

Twitter? @stevebuttry

Just as we like to supply you with fresh and innovative tips every day, we’re recommending journalists to follow online too. They might be from any sector of the industry: please send suggestions (you can nominate yourself) to sarah.booker at journalism.co.uk; or to @journalismnews.

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Steve Buttry: Behind the Civil Beat paywall in Honolulu

Blogger and director of community engagement for a new Washington news operation TBD, Steve Buttry, recently took a look at the paywall around new Honolulu site Civil Beat.

He was surprised to see the $19.99 monthly charge to access content, when eBay founder Pierre Omidyar launched his new site. But while he thinks paid-for content models can be “foolish”, he also acknowledges that Omidyar knows a digital thing or two.

In this post (published on 4 June) he reviews the content behind the paywall. In the comments below, Civil Beat editor John Temple responds to some of his observations.

Full post at this link…

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – breaking news strategies for Twitter

May 13th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Twitter: Steve Buttry gives a fascinating and thorough breakdown of using Twitter to break news of a plane crash in Austin, Texas, including how to developing a breaking news strategy for Twitter, hashtags and verifying tweets. Tipster: Laura Oliver.

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