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Butler oversees the development and execution of ICFJ programs and supervises program personnel. He previously worked as a reporter and writer for 10 years at The State (Columbia, South Carolina) working on general assignment, business and feature news. Before joining The State, he worked at theSpartanburg Herald-Journal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the San Jose Mercury News. Butler completed a five-month Knight International Press Fellowship in Nicaragua in 1999. He has a B.A. in Spanish and journalism from the University of Missouri. He is fluent in Spanish and is proficient in French.

Latest Stories

Knight Prototype Fund winners outline tools to fight disinformation

Winner's of Knight Foundation's Prototype Fund Challenge shared their tools and initiatives to fight disinformation at the International Symposium on Online Journalism. Here are some of the winning projects. 

Patrick Butler | April 30, 2018

How journalists can avoid being manipulated by trolls seeking to spread disinformation

In a panel at the International Symposium on Online Journalism, researcher Joan Donovan shared four "source-hacking" techniques that trolls use to trick the media into publishing false information.

Patrick Butler | April 23, 2018

Tips for media outlets looking to counter hate speech against migrants, refugees

With anti-immigrant sentiment on the rise in many countries, a group of journalists and officials discussed how the media can report on migrants and refugees more ethically.

Patrick Butler | February 03, 2017

Journalist or advocate: In the digital age, does it matter?

In today's digitally-driven journalism industry, how do we define the line between journalism and activism? A panel at the International Symposium on Online Journalism examined how the two roles are connected.

Patrick Butler | April 25, 2016

ISOJ 2015 panel: Speed, context key factors for newsrooms' mobile strategy

Panelists from BuzzFeed, Vice, Vox and more offered advice for media organizations trying to meet their customers where they live -- on their mobile devices.

Patrick Butler | April 20, 2015