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Beth Butler came to the Stark campus, and to teaching, in 2004. She started her advertising career while still in college, working as an ad copywriter for radio and TV stations in Amarillo, Texas, her hometown.
Somewhere along the way - she can’t remember why or how - she turned to journalism. She spent a year and a half as a copy editor before being promoted to news editor for Amarillo’s afternoon paper.
In 1997, she interviewed with The Maui News while vacationing. When the job offer came, she took the plunge and went farther from home than she ever thought she would.
After three years on Maui, she became a vagabond, backpacking around Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. If being a drifter came with a dental plan, she’d still be doing it.
Back in the U.S., she continued meandering, dropping resumes along the way. She landed in Idaho Falls, Idaho, as news editor at the Post Register. Although many talented journalists worked there as copy editors, the desk had been squeezed out of the journalistic process. During her 18 months there, the desk regained its role and, to this day, remains a vital partner in the newsroom.
Butler then returned to the University of Texas for a master’s degree in journalism. She attended classes during the day and worked at the Austin American-Statesman at night.
Now she calls Canton home and uses what she’s learned to teach almost every JMC course regularly offered on the Stark campus. Every summer, she returns to Austin to work with Dow Jones copy editing interns before they start their internships. While there, she tries to soak up enough Texas sunshine to keep her powered through the relentlessly gray Ohio winter. So far, she has been unsuccessful.
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