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CRYSTAL HARRELL

WRITER/PHOTOGRAPHER/FREELANCER

LA QUINTA, CA

CRYSTAL HARRELL

With over seven years of journalism experience, I strive to broaden my professional portfolio with stories that uphold a degree of quality, accuracy, and relevance.

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First Palm Desert campus freshmen to graduate this quarter

The 2017 CSUSB Palm Desert Campus Commencement is scheduled to take place on June 15 at The Show at Aqua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. In preparation for this event, students have already begun registering to walk in the graduation ceremony, including 29 of the first freshmen ever admitted at the satellite campus.
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Studio Ghibli Movies Ranked From Worst to Best

Studio Ghibli has been regarded as an animation powerhouse known the world-over for its unique stories, multi-faceted characters, and of course, stunning visuals. With that being said, it begs the question as to why I’ve only just started watching these films. It’s true; my window of childhood passed without any knowledge of what a “Totoro” was or how one can make a castle move, let alone in the sky.
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Battle Against Myself

Last year was shaping up to be a very important year. I had just gotten an associate degree in journalism and was all set to transfer to a four-year university in the fall to pursue my B.A. On top of that, I turned 21 in February and was looking forward to savoring all the exciting things young adulthood had to offer.
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Fashion for a Fandom: Andrew MacLaine

With over 18 years of experience in the world of fashion, Palm Springs native Andrew MacLaine has cemented his love for design through his work in theatre costuming, participating in Project Runway, and winning the Her Universe Geek Couture Fashion Show in 2014. Drawing inspiration from the whimsical, vintage, and nerdy, MacLaine shares his story and how fashion plays an important role in the way we express ourselves.
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Salvation Mountain: A Beacon of Love in the Desert

The barren slopes of Imperial County’s desert plains can leave very little to the imagination. The typical frame of reference for the land east of the Salton Sea is a seemingly endless stretch of sand, rock, and expired plant life suffocating underneath a blanket of sweltering heat.
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Chaparral Exclusive: Clare Dunn goes from small town girl to country dynamo

“I’m a girl from a small farm and this isn’t supposed to be my life right now,” said Clare Dunn to hundreds of audience members as she performed on Stagecoach Festival’s Mane Stage on Saturday, April 25. With her guitar in hand, the songstress belted out a series of powerhouse anthems that made the crowd go wild, including “Cowboy Side of You,” “Get Out,” and “Misery.”.
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Chaparral Exclusive: John & Jacob bring back old school style and grooves

Although Stagecoach is known for playing music that appeals to red-white-and-blue-blooded country and bluegrass lovers, this year’s festival held the door open for a wide variety of genres to make their way across its three stages. Jazz percussions, folksy guitar plucking, and good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll riffs made a loud statement on the grounds previously dominated by banjos and fiddles.
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Fashion Week El Paseo goes out in style

The finale of the tenth annual Fashion Week El Paseo, featuring New York-based designer Gemma Kahng, brought every bit of glamor and high-profile luxury as promised: bold fashions, exquisite entertainment, and an endless supply of dazzling faces. The reception for the Palm Springs Life-produced event took place at 6:30 p.m., where guests gathered in a Big White Tent on Larkspur Lane, within the Coachella Valley’s famed fashion district, El Paseo.
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Travel Destination: Catalina Island

Located off the coast of Southern California, Santa Catalina Island (referred to by most as simply Catalina Island, or Catalina) is an alluring inland paradise tucked away within the Channel Islands archipelago, just 22 miles south-southwest of Los Angeles.
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Mom's special day

She's there when you first wake up in the morning--a personal alarm clock with a smile. She's there in the afternoon when daylight is winding down and a familiar, soft voice sounds like home. And she's there as you drift away to sleep with subconscious thoughts of a warm embrace cradling you until darkness falls.
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KCOD CoachellaFM is Rebranded, Revamped, & Ready To Rock!

Modern, authentic, informative, and innovative—these are just a few brand values that the crew at COD’s radio station seeks to promote at the official launch of KCOD CoachellaFM this semester. With the reinvention of the college’s student-led broadcast, KCOD CoachellaFM’s mission is to maintain an active interaction with the community through music, news, and public service programming that is both interesting and relevant to local listeners.
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General Stanley McChrystal Talks Leadership at Desert Town Hall Series

On March 28 at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, the Desert Town Hall Lecture Series welcomed former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal as the final speaker for the 2013 season. Prior to the main lecture, students from various high schools were granted the opportunity to listen to a group of six retired military generals speak about taking on leadership roles as part of the Youth Town Hall program.

About

CRYSTAL HARRELL

I have cultivated a career in journalism for the past seven years, contributing to various publications and outlets within the Coachella Valley and Inland Empire. I am currently enrolled at California State University-San Bernardino to pursue my BA in communication and media studies with a minor in film.

Writing is what I love to do and where most of my passion thrives. I am determined to take part in a career that enables me to utilize my skills and interests in a professional setting.

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https://borrowingtape.com/author/crystalharrell

Skills

  • Newspapers
  • Copy Editing
  • Blogging
  • Social Media
  • Photography
  • Press Releases
  • Creative Writing
  • Storytelling
  • iNews
  • ISSUU
  • Canon EOS
  • Edius
  • Prezi
  • Storify
  • QuarkXPress
  • WordPress
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Microsoft Office