About

I am director of communications at National Cathedral School, overseeing internal and external outreach for an independent school serving 595 girls in grades 4 through 12 in Washington, DC.

My team of three informs a wide community of students, parents, faculty, staff, neighbors, and other friends about accomplishments, upcoming events, and other news. We do this through social media, news stories for the NCS website, and a semiannual magazine, NCS Magazine. Recently we have begun producing videos about school life.

In 2018, I was named a CASE SimpsonScarborough Scholar by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. That allowed me to attend the 2018 CASE Summer Institute for Communications and Marketing, a week-long conference in Boston, where I learned from leading “marcom” teachers and practitioners about marketing, creative services, and web and magazine production.

I joined NCS in 2015 after more than 25 years in daily newspaper journalism. Most of that time was at The Washington Post, where my posts included Editorial copy chief, National and Foreign night editor, Metro assignment editor, and Style copy editor. (Older posts on this site date from those years.) I also worked as a reporter and then a copy editor for newspapers large and small in Texas, Washington state and Nevada. Details about my professional background is at LinkedIn.

In 2016, I was an editor of Ann Hornaday’s book Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies (Basic Books).

The most expedient way to reach me is via Twitter @mrbutterworth.