LAST year was an amazing one for the BRATs young journalist programme. The three BRATs camps were held in Ipoh/Taiping, Malacca and Langkawi, and we had a blast at all of them!

The participants for each camp were the best teen writers we could find through our nation-wide recruitment, and they had some amazing experiences during the camps.

For the first camp in Taiping, the participants took a river cruise to a remote village that used to be home to pirates. They even saw a few pink dolphins along the way!

In Malacca, they learnt how to make cendol at the famous Jonker 88 restaurant, and learnt all about the hidden heritage around the historic Jonker Street area.

A BRAT from the Malacca workshop made her own cendol with the help of Jonker 88 owner, Justin Yoong.

A BRAT from the Malacca workshop made her own cendol with the help of Jonker 88 owner, Justin Yoong.

Finally, in Langkawi just a few weeks ago, they went behind the scenes at Underwater World Langkawi, where they got to chill out with a bunch of penguins and seals!

And now, we’re back for more in 2015.

If you feel you’ve got what it takes to be a part of the BRATs 2015 programme, then here’s your chance.

How to sign up for BRATs 2015:

1) Download the application forms HERE.
2) Write an essay titled “Why I want to be a journalist” in less than 1,000 words
3) Email the completed forms and essay to us at

Underwater World Langkawi, Langkawi, African penguin, Penguin, Zoo,

One of the perks of being part of the BRATs young journalist programme – you get to hang out with penguins!

Up to 40 participants will be selected for each camp. For the exact dates of each camp, go to The venues have yet to be confirmed, but don’t worry – we always try to top our last camp.

At the camps, editors, journalists and photographers from The Star will train participants on how to think and work like journalists, including practical training on photography, videography, writing skills and interviewing skills.

After that, you get sent on those exciting assignments we mentioned earlier, where you can unleash your new journalistic skills. All the stories, photos and videos produced by you and your fellow participants will then be published right here in R.AGE.

So, let your creativity flow and show us you have what it takes to be a BRAT!


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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