Patty Mason

Patty Mason

Director of Content


Strada Education Network

Washington, DC USA

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
High School valedictorian; attended university thanks to scholarships, Pell Grants, student loans and MANY jobs.
Worked at university's daily newspaper -- real world experience + $ for rent + confirmation of career path.
1st professional job and a magnificent adventure! Environment reporter at Mexico City daily The News.
Environment reporter on US-Mexico border. Spanish language skills + Mexico experience leveraged every day.
Joined Associated Press: excellent on-the-job training & experience in Denver, New York, Indianapolis, Baltimore.
Back to newspapers: Baltimore, Houston, Washington, DC, but layoff resulted in career change. Still gathering and telling stories: National Archives, education technology company, education nonprofit.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Atwood High School, Atwood, KS
Bachelor
B.A., Journalism & Mass Communications
Kansas State University

Career

Director of Content

I communicate Strada's mission and work through storytelling about the real people we are trying to help.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Journalism
Education
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Start gathering and telling stories in any format: print, digital, video, audio, Learn by doing, then share your work and be receptive to feedback. Aim for a first job where you can contribute immediately, make mistakes, and receive good coaching and mentoring to improve your work.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
B.A., Journalism & Mass Communications

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"Your job is being eliminated."