By Brenna Nelson | Staff Writer
Pope Francis spoke at the 48th World Communications Day, addressing the Church about the need to expand our evangelization through the use of media. He ended his speech with a call to action:
Let us boldly become citizens of the digital world…The revolution taking place in communications media and in information technologies represents a great and thrilling challenge; may we respond to that challenge with fresh energy and imagination as we seek to share with others the beauty of God.”
In recent years, the Catholic faith has made its way into so many aspects of media. Every day brings new technologies and new ways to share ideas, and with that, the Church and her followers have continued to take advantage of these advancements.
As a community of young leaders and energetic members of the faith, Ave Maria University has a role in this movement as well. The new school year has brought an exciting new opportunity for students to share and grow in their faith through media. Recently, Ave Maria Students went on a mission trip to Mexico City in order to spread God’s love to those in need. On their journey, they crossed paths with the television company, Maria Vision, and taught them about the university. Maria Vision saw an opportunity in such a faith-based university in the United States, and is now partnering with AMU to launch a new project.
Since its conception, the international television company, Maria Vision, has been spreading the Word of God through highly formative programming. The founders, Emilio Burillo and Monica Aleman, have been offering up this project to the Blessed Virgin Mary as an endeavor to help in the “New Evangelization.” Maria Vision is based in Guadalajara, Mexico, but has reached Europe, Latin America, North Africa, and the United States through their broadcasting. Because of their success, this company has decided to branch out in an entirely new way.
Ave Maria University students were given the opportunity to apply for internships through this joint media project and will be helping to form a new branch of Maria Vision right here on campus. Maria Vision now has an office set up in the Canizaro library, where interns will be trained and will work for Maria Vision to create a new website, produce, film, edit videos, operate social media, blog and write articles, and much more.
The applications were open to everyone at AMU—from freshman to senior—who had an interest in learning more about communications and media, possibly opening many doors to future careers. Guidelines and rules to the project are left mainly to the students and to their supervisor, Mrs. Corinne MacDonald, leaving room for creativity and originality in the formation of this project. As of right now, Maria Vision has a three-year contract with Ave Maria University.
This project is exciting for the university because it provides opportunities for students in the fields of media such as journalism and video production where courses and educational programs are lacking. Getting a media internship can launch these students further in their discernment of their career path and help them gain experience, even if they don’t end up in a communications career.
Even at this program’s earliest developmental stages, its potential for greatness is plain to see. If you would like to find out more about Maria Vision, you can visit their website, http://www.mariavision.com/. You can also keep an eye out for new opportunities with this project next fall.