IT’S not easy impressing teenagers these days, which is why we always pull out all the stops to make our BRATs teen journalist camps super epic.

After what we did at our BRATs Raub camp two months ago, we didn’t think we’d be able to top that. The participants stayed in a luxury resort, went on a four-wheel-drive adventure through the jungle and even cosied up to a bunch of elephants.

But next week, another bunch of talented teenagers – some of the best young writers, photographers and videographers from across the country – will be in for something just as exciting at our BRATs Johor Baru camp.

For starters, they will be going to the Legoland Water Park, where everything is awesome! They won’t just get to experience the park (and the main Legoland theme park, of course), they’ll also get to speak to the people who run it, from the park manager to the many incredibly well-trained lifeguards.

And if that’s not enough, the participants will also have the chance to attend the recording of a live television show at Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios! That’s where they filmed the epic Netflix series Marco Polo, which has already been renewed for a second season.

So yeah, we think we might just be able to match BRATs Raub 😉

The camp will be held on June 3-6 at the Mutiara Johor Baru hotel, where the participants will go through a series of workshops on how to be a journalist, including an exclusive photography session by Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, with cameras provided by Canon.

After the camp, participants become certified BRATs teen journalists and they’ll get to go on real-world assignments throughout the year, with their stories being published here in The Star.

And that’s why we’ve been the country’s top young journalist programme since 1993.

BRATs is The Star’s young journalist programme, organised by R.AGE. To join the programme, go to

Calling all aspiring photographers!

If you’re into photography, make sure you’re in the picture at our next BRATs young journalist workshop.

IF you want to learn how to be a photojournalist, we’ve got just the thing for you.

R.AGE and Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd are joining forces this year to provide better photography and videography training at all our BRATs young journalist camps, including the upcoming BRATs Johor Baru camp on June 3-6.

It’s the perfect combo – the R.AGE team will focus on practical tips on getting the perfect shot out on the field, while Canon will teach the more technical skills that’ll take your photography to the next level.

Boey giving the BRATs an exclusive workshop on photojournalism.

Boey giving the BRATs an exclusive workshop on photojournalism.

At our last camp in Raub, Pahang in March, Canon didn’t just send an instructor – they sent a whole bunch of cameras so all the participants could get hands-on experience using professional DSLR cameras.

After a comprehensive workshop, Canon sent the participants off on their first photography assignment, to get the best photo of the luxurious Casabrina Vacation Villas.

They even gave out exclusive Canon merchandise to those who came back with the best photos! So if you’re an aspiring photojournalist, don’t miss out on BRATs Johor Baru because Canon will be there to give the same workshop.

To apply for the camp, send us a photo essay (5-10 photos in JPEG) with captions, or even a video (maximum four minutes), based on the theme, “Why I want to be a journalist”.

There are also some forms to fill up, but you’ll find all that info at our website,

What’re you waiting for? Get snappy!


Our entertainment and celebrity news expert who happens to be disturbingly good at laser tag. Graduated with a degree in communications at 21 and went straight into the magazine business. She not only writes for R.AGE now, but also coordinates our long-running BRATs young journalist programme.

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