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Sign up for the BRATs 2017 programme today!

Malaysia’s top young journalist programme will be happening in 2017, and here’s your chance to be a part of it!

The international award-winning R.AGE team will be running the camps, showing you everything you need to know to be a modern multimedia journalist.

You’ll learn about video production, social media reporting, interviewing skills, photography, news writing, and so much more!

You’ll also go on amazing field assignments, to visit places and meet people only journalists would have access to.

But more important, the BRATs programme is probably the BEST training ground for teenagers who want to be part of the media industry. After you attend one of our camps, you’ll get year-long opportunities to work with R.AGE and The Star on exciting projects and assignments.

Scroll down for more info – and don’t forget to click the button below to SIGN UP! =)

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The BRATs story

How it all began

IN 1993, The Star organised its first ever workshop for aspiring journalists. There were nine participants, and they gathered every month at the The Star’s office to learn all the skills of the trade.

After six months, the nine 16-year-olds published their very own pullout in The Star. By then, they had given themselves a name, the BRATs — Bright, Roving, Annoying Teens.

It would prove to be the start of a truly remarkable programme, held every year since.

In 1995, the programme grew to its current format, with three camps a year – each held in a different city and with new participants added to the “BRATs family”.

A lot has changed with the BRATs camps. We teach them social media skills, photography, online video production and everything else they need to become modern journalists.

But the one thing that hasn’t changed? The participants are still as bright, roving AND annoying as ever before — and we wouldn’t have it any other way =)

#BRATsGenting2017

Thirty one BRATs participants saw Genting Highlands like never before: from gibbon-watching to being butlers for a day, they covered the entire Genting experience.

And of course, they documented the entire thing!

Armed with their notebooks, cameras, and BRATs spirit, they have written stories, produced videos, and captured photographs any professional journalist would be proud of.

Check out their stories and videos below!

BTS: BRATs Genting 2017

The BRATs’ stories and videos

Team Julien: A gibbon love story

Team May Lee: Pitcher perfect

Team Claire: Voice of the forest

Team Julien: Best laundry plant ever

Team May Lee: A cuppa France

Team Claire: The butler life

BRATs Langkawi 2015

Twenty young and enthusiastic teens are back at Pulau Langkawi for the last BRATs workshop of 2015!

As they’re at a journalism camp, they’re required to blog about their experience. And with fun assignments at the SkyCab and SkyBridge, Skytrex Adventure Park as well as the mangrove swamps along Kilim River, you can be sure that they’ll have interesting stories to tell.

#BRATSLANGKAWI

Follow the BRATs on Twitter to find out what they’re up to in Langkawi! Full stories and videos by the young journos will be up on this page real soon =)

The participants

These 20 participants from workshops from the last three years came back for another round of BRATs in the beautiful island of Langkawi!

MARSHA CHOO WEN LIN
LAU JIAN HUI
OOI TZE HAN
KHAIRUL ADRI
ONYSHA ENKAYE BOAK
YAP CHIEN SHING
VICTORIA TAY HUEY QI
NATHAN THARMALINGAM
WAN ADAM ABD AZIZ
KENNETH CHOONG WAI MUN

ELIZABETH WONG KAI YAN
CHOO XIN ER
KASHMEERA PILLAI
DHARMINI ILANCHERAN
DIVYA RAMESH
KIMMY KHOO SU YIN
MOHAMAD HIDAYATH HISHAM
MARIA MURUGIAH
NITHYIALAKSHMI RAVINDRAN
JANELLE TAN YAN WEI

Congratulations, and welcome to the BRATs family! We’ll see you all at the next BRATs camp! =)

BRATs JB 2015

We came, we saw, we conquered! We’ve completed another BRATs workshop and boy, we had so much fun!

The BRATs participants roamed the streets of Johor Baru and spoke to some interesting people like the Sultan of Johor’s laundryman, the owner of one of the oldest kopitiams in town and the young man who runs his family’s 96-year-old bakery business.

And of course, we went to Legoland Malaysia Resort to interview the manager and lifeguards of their new water park!

Check out the groups’ stories below, and tell ’em what you think in the comments! =)

Oh my guard!

Water park manager Robert Harrison hopes to inspire lifeguards to reach their full potential

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Building blocks of empowerment

Lego Friends, an interactive musical, aims to help its young fans become more empowered and confident.

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Life of a lifeguard

Training every week, and standing in the
sun every day – but it’s a dream job!

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VIDEO: The process of baking with a wood fired oven

James Lim shows the BRATs from #TeamMayLee what a typical day is like in the world of traditional baking.

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The Sultan of Johor’s laundryman

Meet the couple behind Kedai Dobi Shanghai, a true treasure of Malaysian culture and heritage in Johor Baru’s historic Jalan Tan Hiok Nee.

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VIDEO: The past and present of Restoran Hua Mui

BRATs from #TeamVivienne discover how was Restoran Hua Mui like 46 years ago and some of its interesting features.

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Piping-hot passion

With third-generation baker James Lim at its helm, 96-year-old Hiap Joo Bakery and Biscuit Factory is still baking strong.

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Striking a chord

The BRATs spoke to Hua Mui’s loyal customers to find out what makes the restaurant so special to them.

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Living history

Jalan Tan Hiok Nee has enough history and drama to fill a Hollywood film – if you know where to look.

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Old is gold

Restaurant owner David Chiang is making sure one of the oldest kopitiams in Johor Baru retains its history.

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BRATs Raub 2015

Our first BRATs camp of the year in Raub, Pahang was AMAZING!

We stayed at the super-awesome Casabrina luxury resort, rode through the jungle on pick-up trucks, played with baby elephants and – of course – learnt a whole lot about being journalists.

The participants were divided into three groups, each with a R.AGE or Star journalist assigned to lead them.

Check out the groups’ stories below, and tell ’em what you think in the comments! =)

#TeamKenneth

My BRATs Experience: Nathelie Yong and Lydia Lee

Two crazy, rather noisy girls, fresh out of high school; one skipped college classes to come, the other waiting on art school.

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My BRATs Experience: Dianne Leong Mae Lynn

Thinking that I would spend most of my time in the ever famous six star resort, Casabrina, doing nothing but writing articles in an air conditioned suite all day long, I decided to join this 4 day 3 night journalism camp.

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My BRATs Experience: Elizabeth Ong

The moment I received the email from The Star BRATs informing me that I had been selected as one of the participants of BRATs Raub, I was screaming and dancing alone in my room.

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My BRATs Experience: Latashah Vallimanalan

When I first found out that I had been selected for BRATs, I didn’t think that I would have the time of my life.

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My BRATs experience: Audrey Au Yong

My BRATs memories in a poem.

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7 things you didn't know about elephants

ELEPHANT TRIVIA FTW, all the way from the National Elephant Conservation Centre!

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The healing heaven

#TeamKenneth talks to Casabrina owner Felix Tee on the resort’s unique approach to wellness.

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Elephantrivia: 7 things you didn’t know about elephants

#TeamKenneth contributes a few facts they learnt at the elephant sanctuary.

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A passion for elephants

Young guides working at the National Elephant Conservation Centre (NECC) do it out of passion for these gentle jumbos.

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The change they chose

Two orang asli villages open up to the BRATs about the challenges of moving with the times.

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#TeamIan

#TeamIan’s Sky-High Adventure

If you’re into heights and in need of excitement, you’ll definitely need to visit SkyBridge.

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The BRATs explore the importance of Langkawi’s mangroves

To learn about journalism, sometimes you have to get your hands dirty — and that’s exactly what the aspiring teen journalists at the BRATs Langkawi 2015 Year-End camp did on Dec 2-5. The participants were divided into four teams, and we were part of #TeamIan, named after our facilitator, R.AGE editor Ian Yee. We visited the […]

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Life of a lifeguard

Training every week, and standing in the
sun every day – but it’s a dream job!

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Living history

Jalan Tan Hiok Nee has enough history and drama to fill a Hollywood film – if you know where to look.

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My BRATs Experience: Nathelie Yong and Lydia Lee

Two crazy, rather noisy girls, fresh out of high school; one skipped college classes to come, the other waiting on art school.

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My BRATs Experience: Tan Cheng Yew

I could go on and on about how much I love the camp, but one of the numerous things I have learned from the BRATs program is to keep our articles short, simple and sweet.

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No place like home

A young orang asli talks to BRATs about life away from his village, and how there’s no place like home.

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Resort respects nature

Casabrina owner, Felix Tee shares about the importance of being eco-friendly and living healthy.

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Big love

What’s it like working with elephants all day, every day? #TeamIan finds that it can be a mammoth task.

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#TeamMayLee

Langkawi getting trashed

The BRATs from #TeamMayLee learn how Langkawi’s mangrove forests are under threat.

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#TeamMayLee: Conquering great heights

Check it out as #TeamMayLee face the fearsome heights in Sky Bridge and the challenging obstacles in Sky Trex.

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A cruise for mother nature

Day 3 for #TeamMayLee – We had fun in the sun replanting mangrove trees, eagle watching, and exploring Bat Cave!

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Building blocks of empowerment

Lego Friends, an interactive musical, aims to help its young fans become more empowered and confident.

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Piping-hot passion

With third-generation baker James Lim at its helm, 96-year-old Hiap Joo Bakery and Biscuit Factory is still baking strong.

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My BRATs Experience: Tay Khye Vern

It took a mere 4 days and 3 nights, a group of the most extraordinary peers, and a team of professional journalists to fundamentally change the way I perceived the world.

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Dedication to translocation

The National Elephant Conservation Centre (NECC), Kuala Gandah is highly involved in the translocation of wild elephants.

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Eco-friendly luxury

Casabrina Vacation Villas dazzles with its sheer luxury but, behind the scenes, also does its best to respect and nurture nature.

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A Haven for Elephants

27 elephants have found a safe haven in The National Elephant Conservation Centre (NECC) in Kuala Gandah, Pahang.

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Living the Temuan way

The Temuan tribe’s way of life has remained pretty much the same for generations – and that’s how they like it, as #TeamMayLee discovered.

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Stories by the BRATs

Our BRATs teen journalists write for us all year long. Here are their stories!

Next stop: Tasik Chini

The adventures just keep coming for the BRATs – this time, along the shores of beautiful, mystical Tasik Chini.

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Team May Lee: Pitcher perfect

Former banker Mohd Fauzi Abu Bakar quit his job to pursue his love for pitcher plants, and hasn’t looked back since.

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Team Julien: SEA’s largest hotel laundry plant

Team Julien went way behind the scenes to find out how First World Hotel’s laundry plant, the biggest laundry plant in South-East Asia, works.

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Team Julien: A gibbon love story

A special pair of gibbons – Romeo and Juliet – was what inspired naturalist Eddie Chan to embark on a project to raise awareness of these endangered primates.

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Team Claire: Voice of the forest

Naturalist Eddie Chan is determined to make a 130-million-year-old forest get with the times, and he’s doing it with the Internet.

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Team Claire: Butlering for a living

Team Claire get a rare glimpse into the secretive lives of butlers.

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Team May Lee: A cuppa France

Thibault K Bidi is living the high life in Malaysia as the brand ambassador of French cafe Cafes Richard, but it wasn’t always smooth-sailing.

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Coolest BRATs camp ever

Because it’s cold up in Genting, and also because interviewing butlers, scoping out gibbons and checking out the largest hotel laundry plant in South-East Asia is pretty darn cool.

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BRAT in the limelight

Performing arts enthusiast, Roshinee Mookaiah shares how BRATs has contributed to her love for theatre.

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