Our next BRATs camp: December 2018

BRATs 2018

BRATs is on a roll this year! We’ve already completed two camps, and now it’s time for our third and FINAL camp for the year!
BRATs Langkawi: March 21-24 (COMPLETED)
BRATs Kijal: August 18-21 (COMPLETED
BRATs Genting: December 19-22 ** slots filling up fast! **

The trainers will be from the award-winning R.AGE team, which bagged the 2016 World Young Reader Prize in Washington DC, and just picked up its SECOND consecutive Kajai award, the top journalism award in Malaysia!

They’ll show you guys everything you need to know to be a modern journalist – interviewing skills, video production, photography, social media, news value, etc.

Follow the instructions below to apply! Places are limited, so make sure you send us a killer application =)

How to sign up for BRATs

Download the forms

Click the link below to download a copy.

Produce an awesome essay or video

Show us how talented you are with an essay or video titled “Why I want to be a journalist” (max. 1,000 words / 5 minutes).

Email ’em to us!

Send a scanned copy of your forms AND your essay/video link to

Wait for the results!

We’ll announce the list of accepted applicants at least one month before each workshop. Good luck! =)

Some not-so-fine print:
– BRATs is open to Malaysians aged 16-19
– The fee for the camp is RM318

BRATs logo

What’s BRATs about?

Young journalist camps

We organise three young journalist camps a year, each in a different city, like the one in this picture. That’s BRATs Ipoh 2014, held in, er, Ipoh.

Journalism masterclasses

At the camps, you’ll be given a crash course in journalism by editors, journalists, photojournalists and videojournalists from The Star.

And you won’t just learn technical skills – you’ll also learn all the soft skills that make journalists tick. We’ll give you pro tips on how to:
– Speak confidently in front of a camera
– Conduct a good interview and ask the right questions
– Work under a tight deadline
– Think critically and objectively
– Dan lain-lain…

Awesome field assignments

After your crash course in journalism, you’ll be sent on exciting field assignments, which you’ll have to complete in teams.

So far, our BRATs field assignments have included hanging out with baby orang utans, bathing elephants in a sanctuary, trekking through Taman Negara, going on a 4-wheel-drive rainforest adventure, touring a 100m-high oil rig, going behind-the-scenes at Legoland Malaysia and so, so much more.

Basically, as a BRAT, you get to experience stuff that no one else gets to.

Get published!

At the end of the workshop, after all your field assignments, you are required to submit stories, photos and videos, which will be published in The Star – Malaysia’s most-read English newspaper!

Your work will be on the Star2 cover – just like the participants of BRATs Ipoh in the picture here!

Once a BRAT, always a BRAT!

That’s the BRATs motto! Once you complete a BRATs camp, you join our pool of BRATs teen journalists, or as we like to call it – the BRATs family =)

It’s the perfect programme for you to immerse yourself in the media industry. We’ll send out weekly assignments which you can volunteer to cover. They range from exciting events to celebrity interviews.

Check out the three BRATs in the picture here at an interview with Kyle Patrick from The Click Five! The BRATs have also interviewed Christina Perri, The Wanted, B.o.B, Greyson Chance, Teddy Sheringham, KARA, a few American Idol finalists and many more. One of the BRATs was even sent to Old Trafford to watch Manchester United play in the FA Cup!

People we’ve interviewed…

  • Interviewing Kyle Patrick, lead vocalist for The Click Five.
  • With pop teen sensation Greyson Chance. He kinda looks like another one of the BRATs... =P
  • One of the most hilarious BRATs interviews we've done - it's British boyband The Wanted!
  • With up-and-coming Kpop star Eric Nam.
  • The gorgeous girls from Kpop group KARA. We had to do the interview through a translator, which was an interesting experience.
  • Not the best pic, but it was the only one we could get with Manchester United legend Teddy Sheringham!

What’re you waiting for?

Sign up for the BRATs today!

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