Be a BRAT!

The BRATs 2014 pro­gramme is of­fi­cially open for ap­pli­ca­tions – and you could win a trip to Scot­land!

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IN case you haven’t heard, the BRATs young jour­nal­ist pro­gramme is back for an­other year of awe­some work­shops and field as­sign­ments, and one lucky BRAT will even get a chance to rep­re­sent Malaysia at the Aye Write! Fu­ture News in­ter­na­tional young jour­nal­ists’ con­fer­ence in Glas­gow, Scot­land!

To find out how you can ap­ply, log on to face­­brats. Dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions is March 1.

What is BRATs?

BRATs is The Star’s young jour­nal­ist pro­gramme, or­gan­ised by R.AGE. We se­lect 120 as­pir­ing jour­nal­ists ev­ery year, aged 16-19, who then at­tend one of three BRATs work­shops (4D3N) held across the coun­try.

The work­shops are all about prac­ti­cal train­ing, fa­cil­i­tated by jour­nal­ists, pho­tog­ra­phers and videog­ra­phers from The Star. Par­tic­i­pants will get ac­tual field as­sign­ments – vis­it­ing tourist des­ti­na­tions, in­ter­view­ing fa­mous per­son­al­i­ties, sam­pling the city’s lo­cal cul­tures and tra­di­tions, etc.

They’ll learn stuff like writ­ing skills, in­ter­view­ing skills, pho­tog­ra­phy, videog­ra­phy, so­cial me­dia reporting and so much more. Of course, they’ll also meet like-minded people and have a whole lotta of fun!

Once they com­plete the work­shop, the par­tic­i­pants then join our BRATs pool of teen jour­nal­ists, who reg­u­larly cover sto­ries, in­ter­views and events across the coun­try for our weekly BRATs sec­tion right here in R.AGE.

What is the Fu­ture News Con­fer­ence?

Think of it as a global ver­sion of the BRATs – 300 as­pir­ing jour­nal­ists from around the world will be brought to Glas­gow for mas­ter­classes from some of the world’s leading jour­nal­ists. And we, the BRATs, will be send­ing the best BRATs 2014 ap­pli­cant to join in the party, thanks to the Bri­tish Coun­cil. All ex­penses paid! The con­fer­ence will be held on April 14-16.

Just like the BRATs, the Fu­ture News Con­fer­ence hopes to ed­u­cate a new gen­er­a­tion of re­spon­si­ble, ded­i­cated and world-chang­ing jour­nal­ists. You don’t wanna miss out on this!

How do I ap­ply?

Log on to face­­brats for a link to down­load the pre-reg­is­tra­tion forms.

Ap­pli­cants have to pro­duce an es­say (less than 1,000 words) or video (less than two min­utes) on “Why I want to be a jour­nal­ist”.

Email your forms and es­says/videos (videos as a YouTube link) to brats@ thes­, and keep your fin­gers crossed! Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will be given in­for­ma­tion on the work­shops af­ter the se­lec­tion process is com­plete.

You can also send your es­say by snail mail to:

BRATs Me­nara Star 15 Jalan 16/11 46350 Petaling Jaya Se­lan­gor

And to make sure you put yourself in the run­ning for the Fu­ture News Con­fer­ence, you’ll also have to com­plete a sep­a­rate form and es­say for the Bri­tish Coun­cil. The link will be pro­vided to­gether with the BRATs ap­pli­ca­tion forms at face­­brats.

For more info, email us at brats@thes­

Get­ting BRAT-y: Par­tic­i­pants of our BRATs Pe­nang 2013 work­shop pos­ing for a group photo af­ter com­plet­ing their as­sign­ments at Pe­nang’s fa­mous Ar­me­nian Street. BRATs 2014 is now open for pre-reg­is­tra­tion!

work­shops then join our pool of

BRATs Grad­u­ates of the BRATs

‘real-world’ reg­u­larly go for ex­cit­ing teen jour­nal­ists, who The tour of the AirAsia

Academy last year. as­sign­ments like this flight team even got to test their pilot­ing

skills on the academy’s sim­u­la­tor!

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