By GINGER ANG
WE hope you’re ready for more awesome stories, because our next BRATs young journalist camp is coming up!
Every year, we handpick around 100 of Malaysia’s finest aspiring young journalists for three exclusive camps held around the country.
Those chosen for the first camp of the year were treated to an incredible four-day stay at the luxurious Casabrina Resort in Raub, Pahang – all while being mentored by professional journalists from R.AGE and The Star!
Wait, did we mention they also played with elephants and rode through the jungle on a convoy of open-top pickup trucks?
The camp was just the latest in a long, long line of awesome BRATs events (we’ve been around since 1993!). At last year’s BRATs Langkawi camp, for example, the participants partied with penguins, sailed the Andaman and jammed with Bob Marley-esque buskers on Pantai Cenang. Assignments in paradise? Only with the BRATs!
Sounds fun? Well we’re looking for another group of talented young journalists for our next camp in Johor Baru on June 3-6. That’s right! You, too, could be a BRATs teen journalist! To sign up:
1) Download the application forms at rage.com.my/bratsrecruitment.
2) Write an essay on “why I want to be a journalist” in less than 1,000 words.
3) Email the completed forms and essay to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
When you get there, a group of R.AGE journalists will be on hand to teach you the basics of journalism, with the help of a few senior BRATs (like yours truly). But it’s not going to be all about writing – we’ll also school you in things like photography, videography, interviewing skills, journalism ethics, responsible reporting and so much more!
What comes after? You’ll put your newly-acquired skills to the test on exciting assignments. Your articles, photos and videos will then be published right here in The Star.
So, you got what it takes?
The BRATs young journalist programme is one of the R.AGE team’s favourite projects! How else would they get to play with elephants, sail the high seas and (don’t tell their bosses) get four days away from the office? =P For more info, click here.