Articles

The following is a sample of articles that I researched, pitched and wrote.

For my capstone class, I am working with my client, Anita Estell, on her nonprofit organization entitled CELIE. The organization has three focus areas serving multicultural markets: civic engagement, women and girls, and diversity and inclusion. CELIE recently launched XXTRA Special & Free, the only national online public affairs publication for women of color. My team members and I create content (videos, articles, etc.) each week for her various platforms (website, Instagram & Twitter). 

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I pitched this article to Ms. Estell because during the provost search forum at Mizzou, several people brought up the fact that they wanted a new provost who focused on retaining people of color and women of color and not just attracting them. Although attraction is the initial important concept, as a woman of color I know the importance and hardships that come with keeping poc/woc on campus. 

So, after a lot of research, I wrote an article that uses facts and real life examples to discuss the different variables that hinder students of color from having the same access to four-year colleges and from receiving degrees at the same rate as other students. 

 
 

I interned for CNN's National Content Center Desk in Atlanta, Ga. During my summer there, I assisted with news gathering, editorial work and producing stories. I contributed to the reporting of stories such as the: Stanford Rape, Orlando shooting, Baton Rouge protests and the Disney Alligator Attack. Also, I was able to pitch my own story ideas and write for CNN.com and  below are two examples of those stories. 

From homeless to highschool grad bound for college 

    BY: FALYN PAGE, CNN

(CNN) Liyjon DeSilva had a secret.

He kept it at night, when he could see the stars in the sky as he went to bed in a parking lot. He kept it during the day, when he attended classes at Lee High School in Houston.

DeSilva at first didn't tell school administrators and teachers that he had been homeless for three years -- since he was 15 -- after he bounced around different relatives' homes. His mom died when he was 5 and he grew up in poverty.

 

Tony Robbins hot coal walk injures dozens authorities say

     BY: FALYN PAGE, CNN

(CNN) At least 30 people were treated for minor burns after walking on hot coals during self-help guru Tony Robbins' "Unleash the Power Within" seminar in Dallas,Texas, fire and medical officials said. 

According to Robbins' website, the "fire walk" is intended to help people conquer their fears by walking across hot coals. It takes place during the "Turn Fear Into Power" portion of the event.

 

I was blessed with the opportunity to represent the University of Missouri's Journalism School as a reporter interviewing players and running social media pages while covering the China Open, one of the world's largest tennis tournaments in Beijing, China. I pitched story ideas and covered plenty of matches while at the tournament. Below are three  examples of stories I pitched and covered.

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Ostapenko defeats Cirstea and will advance to the semifinals

     BY: FALYN PAGE , THE CHINA OPEN

Jelena Ostapenko moved to 11-1 since the US Open with a straight sets win over Sorana Cirstea in the China Open quarterfinals. The French Open champion toughed-out the 6-4 6-4 win in a high-quality match on Lotus Court. 

Current world No. 8 Ostapenko took control of the match early on by showcasing her powerful backhand and aggressive groundstrokes. Two early breaks gave her the decisive advantage in the first set. Cirstea recovered one of them, but the damage had been done and Ostapenko took the opener.

 
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Del Potro’s perfect Beijing debut

      BY: FALYN PAGE,  THE CHINA OPEN

Juan Martin del Potro has made a perfect China Open debut, defeating Pablos Cuevas 7-6(4) 6-4 in the opening round.A wildcard entry, the world No.24 served 11 aces and did not drop serve in the 98-minute victory.

“I think I play a good match. It was enough to win,” said the 2009 US Open champion. “I play good in important moment of the match, that's the tiebreak and the last game of the second set.”

 
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Cirstea upsets Pliskova to reach quarterfinals

      BY: FALYN PAGE, THE CHINA OPEN

World No.44 Sorana Cirstea has upset world No.4 Karolina Pliskova 6-1 7-5 in the third round of the China Open. 

Cirstea was aggressive from the off, winning six games in a row in an incredible first set performance.