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FAMU Journalism student Maya Ellison receives internship with Orlando Sentinel

October 12th, 2020
By Sterling Bright

Sophomore Journalism student Maya EllisonSophomore Journalism student Maya Ellison continues to add to her resume as she secures an internship with the Orlando Sentinel Sports Department. The internship will last 10-12 weeks where she will cover Florida A&M and Florida State Athletics. She will write stories and cover games for the Sentinel while displaying her skill and meaningful journalistic style.

Although she is a sophomore, she is already making her presence known in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication. Ellison has written several stories for the FAMUAN covering FAMU athletics and even has appearances on WANM-FM 90.5. One of her most recent achievements was being chosen as the Sports Anchor for FAMU TV20 at five.

Ellison fell in love with journalism at an early age in her hometown of Stone Mountain, Ga. She got her start as a student journalist with her elementary school station. It wasn’t until her days at Arabia Mountain where her interest blossomed as she created a documentary on the school football team where she realized sports was where she needed to be.

“It was a different feeling talking to players and coaches. The sport of football is more than just play by plays. Its more than just a game to them. I wanted to show the human-interest side of football,” said Ellison.

At SJGC there has always been a long history of distinguished sports journalists including Pam Oliver, Josina Anderson and Tiffany Greene. Students come from all over to learn from distinguished professors and get hands on experience in various fields of journalism.

However, there are not a plethora of African American woman in sports. Ellison wants to change that narrative. She admires journalists such as Anderson because of not only her skill, but because of the relationships she has across the National Football League.

“Being that person that’s able to convey the human side of sports. But also, be able to jot the game, call the game, know the contracts. I want to know all aspects of the game. While learning every sport so that I’m versatile in the future, so that I always be known as a sports journalist,” said Ellison.

Ellison in the future plans to work solely with the National Football League and continue to tell the meaningful stories of sports. She wants to inspire the next generation of journalists while also inspiring young women that look like her to go after their dreams and make the presence known to the masses.