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Monday December 3, 2012

Teens go from classroom to newsroom

Starstruck!:
Intern Felix Culas
(centre)
interviewing
celebrity
hairstylist
Raymond Choon
who was offering
free haircuts at
The Gardens,
Midvalley. Starstruck!: Intern Felix Culas (centre) interviewing celebrity hairstylist Raymond Choon who was offering free haircuts at The Gardens, Midvalley.

PETALING JAYA: An elderly woman caught with counterfeit notes. A man found with RM1mil in ransom money. Two men charged with armed robbery.

These were just some of the cases seven young journalists experienced on their first day in the courtroom while on an internship at Menara Star.

The teenagers were relishing the experience of being journalists for a daily newspaper The Star.

While they have had their share of “Oh my God” moments with close encounters with convicted criminals and uncooperative interviewees, these have not curbed their enthusiasm and passion for writing.

For 16-year-old Shareka Logendran, one of the highlights was the chance to meet beauty queen Deborah Henry in person.

She was also one of three lucky people to catch a wedding bouquet thrown at the same event talk about making a splash!

This happened while she was covering the media launch of “Destinations Wedding” by HyppTV and Travel Channel HD.

These young writers are part of the Starstruck! 2012 Young Writers Programme, a year-long journalism stint for teenagers.

Twelve deserving writers have been awarded one-month internships, with five more interns who will join them at a later date.

Stuff@school is now looking for new writers for 2013, and due to overwhelming response, the deadline for the Starstruck! 2013 applications has been extended to Dec 9.

To apply, send a 500-word self-description that screams “Pick me!” to starstruck2013.star@gmail.com, with the title “Me! I'm Starstruck!”.

Visit www.stuffatschool.com.my or www.facebook.com/stuffatschool for more information.

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