Jon is a seventh grader at Holy Redeemer Catholic School and he already feels called to share his faith with others. He is one of the Diocese of Orlando’s new ace reporters who will be writing stories and taking photos for Faith News Online, a website that is written by students for students.
“I feel obligated to become an ace reporter because I feel as if it is my job as a Catholic to share my experiences with God to those of our faith as well as those of different faiths,” said Jon.
Faith News Online is an online portal that gives young people in the Diocese of Orlando an opportunity to learn about and give witness to their faith. Faith News Online has several features including articles, facts about the Catholic faith, and saint biographies.
The Ace Reporter program allows students to write about their faith and events that are going on at their Catholic school or in their youth program. Launched in 2009, the Ace Reporter program invites Catholic students in grades four through high school, who attend a Catholic school or participate in a parish youth group, to write articles about the people, places and events that are having an impact on their faith and education.
“Students are the present and future of the Church,” said Teresa Peterson, director of the Office of Communications. “It’s wonderful to give young people an opportunity to express themselves on matters of faith and to post their articles online where so many young people are searching daily.”
In 2009, there were 12 students representing nine schools participating in the program. Today, nearly 60 students representing 13 schools and one parish serve as ace reporters.
Members of the Diocese of Orlando Office of Communications have been visiting schools over the past few weeks to train students about the basics of reporting and also giving them faith based story ideas. Students work with an adult mentor at their school or parish who will guide their efforts. To read articles written by ace reporters, visit www.orlandodiocese.org/faithnews.