Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is giving one St. Brigid of Kildare student a firsthand look at professional journalism.

Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is giving one St. Brigid of Kildare student a firsthand look at professional journalism.

Seventh-grader Nicholas Ar-nold is taking advantage of the program open to students ages 10 to 14 that gives the opportunity to report on a student's own community.

Arnold applied in the early fall after his mother, Shauna Arnold, saw the program online.

"I saw it online while he was at camp. I couldn't wait to tell him about it," she said.

To get into the program, Arnold sent in an application that included a 400-word essay on why his community is special and three story ideas.

The idea of becoming a "Scholastic Kid Reporter" appealed to Arnold after he realized Dublin had so much going on. One of his story ideas was based on Miracle League, an organization that offers disabled children a chance to play baseball.

"I have been involved in Miracle League for two years and I am a buddy," he said.

Arnold, as well as 42 others, found out they were chosen to be a part of the 2010-11 program in November.

His first assignment was to cover a public service project at St. Brigid of Kildare School, where his classmates made tables for the Furniture Bank of Ohio.

When he saw his article, "Tables for Thanksgiving," posted online, Arnold said, "I was really excited; it felt great."

While Arnold has enjoyed writing, reporting has its challenges.

"Question-making is hard. You have to think of good questions to ask a person. You have to think in-depth," he said.

Other opportunities at school have also allowed Arnold to explore his interest in writing.

"I am a part of my school's yearbook club and I am in Power of the Pencil," he said.

He also earned a journalism and photography badge last summer at Boy Scout camp.

Sports also interest the St. Brigid student.

"My favorite sport is golf, then basketball, tennis, and swimming," said Arnold.

He hopes to combine his love of sports and writing to eventually become a sports journalist. In the meantime, one of Dublin's premiere events could give him his first shot at sports reporting.

"I'm waiting for the Memorial Tournament in April. I want to cover it (for Scholastic News Press Corps)," said Arnold.

Arnold also wants to gain political reporting experience by interviewing the incoming governor's children.

"I want to ask them, 'How does it feel to have your dad governor? How has your life changed?'" said Arnold.

The young reporter still has the rest of this school year ahead of him to report, but hopes to reapply to the program next year.

"I only have one more chance to apply next year because I will be 14," Arnold said.

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