New Facebook Page

Dear Readers,

If you would like another outlet to follow my stories and ask me questions about my articles, the Statesman Journal, or journalism at large, visit my new Facebook page.

Why do journalists have professional pages such as this, you might ask?

Great question. Journalists have a few responsibilities that pages like this help us with. We need to be visible to the public we serve. We need to make sure the public can easily contact us with questions, comments, concerns or story ideas. We need to brand ourselves. We need a platform to get feedback on our articles. We need to establish credibility. We need to build a strong readership base. We need to be transparent. And so much more!

Thank you for helping me do my job better.


Natalie Pate


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Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. Natalie has previously worked for organizations and publications such as Direct Relief International, Waging Non-Violence, and Amnesty International USA. She has had stories published with USA Today, Associated Press and Ozy, among others. Natalie earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies (FFS) from Willamette University. During her studies, she wrote a Politics thesis titled, "No One is Dying: How and Why the U.S. Federal Government Avoids Executing Prisoners on Federal Death Row" and an FFS thesis, in French, on cannibalism in the 16th and 17th centuries. Natalie is a journalist, performer, traveler, fiction writer and more. She is working to publish her dystopian novella, "Choice," which follows a man during 24 hours in solitary confinement for allegedly committing murder. For more information on Natalie visit, like her on Facebook at, or follow Natalie on Twitter (@Nataliempate) or Tumblr (Nataliempate blog "In the Shoes of a Journalist"). Her reporting with the Statesman Journal can also be found at

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