Joseph Gorman isn’t your typical 8th grader at Sacred Heart Academy & Hardey Prep located in Edgewater, just down the street from Loyola University Chicago.
Gorman is one of 44 kids around the world to be working for the Scholastic Kids Press Corps, an award-winning corps which consists of a group of 10- to 14-year-olds interested in reporting stories to their peers.
These kid reporters write “news for kids, by kids,” with coverage ranging from their hometowns’ breaking news, entertainment and sporting events.
Their stories are shared with an international audience, appearing online and in Scholastic Classroom Magazine issues.
For Joseph, when his school uniform blazer is on, he’s a student; when the blazer come’s off, he transforms into an eager reporter for the corps or Sacred Heart’s school newspaper, which he founded in sixth grade. Joseph is also the editor-in-chief of his school newspaper.
When asked in an interview with CBS Chicago why he enjoys reporting, Joseph said, “I think that it’s just really cool, because I’m able to tell other people about what’s going on around them; and I think that that’s crucial to having a very well-rounded society.”
In Chicago, Joseph has covered topics such as the UNICEF USA Kid Power event, museum exhibits, the Polar Plunge and former-U.S. President Barack Obama’s farewell speech.
Many opportunities lie ahead in Joseph’s reporting future. To read more of his work, click here.