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Steve ButtryThe next chapter of my career will be at Louisiana State University. After I wrap up my work at Digital First Media July 1, I will become the Lamar Family Visiting Scholar at LSU’s Manship School of Communication.

I have enjoyed teaching as a part-time pursuit for several years now. I am excited about making it my full-time job. I’ll be teaching, working with students on a social media project and working with other faculty and staff to improve digital journalism education at the school.

Jerry Ceppos, dean of the Manship School, emailed me the morning of April 2, as I was on the train to New York to get the word about DFM’s plans to shut down Thunderdome and eliminate more than 50 jobs. He asked if I’d be affected. I told Jerry that my job would be one of those eliminated, and he told me later that day that he wanted me to come to LSU as the Lamar Visiting Scholar at the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs. After a May visit to Baton Rouge and more emails and phone calls than I will bother to count, we sealed the deal this month.

I enjoyed the dynamic of teaching the first time I stood before a classroom at Central College in Pella, Iowa, in 1980. I taught two courses at Central in the 1980s as an adjunct professor, and ever since thought that might be something I’d like to do someday. (more…)

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