FIFTH former T. Thirukumaran was so inspired by a half-day Newspaper in Education (NiE) workshop that he has changed his mind about pursuing medicine – he now wants to be a journalist.
Thirukumaran said he was impressed after listening to an interesting presentation by Leanne Goh, The Star's senior editor, education.
“Life as a journalist sounds exciting. I would have an opportunity to venture into investigative reporting. I had not thought of being a journalist before attending this workshop. Now I know exactly what path to take after leaving school,'' said the Bukit Mertajam High School student.
Thirukumaran was among the 130 students from 29 schools in the northern region who attended the Best School Newspaper Awards 2005 (BSNA 2005) workshop at INTI International College Penang on Tuesday.
The students were from Kedah, Perlis, northern Perak and Penang.
The school newspaper contest, which is jointly organised by Star-NiE and Pizza Hut, will be officially launched on April 5. Pizza Hut has pledged RM2.5mil in prizes for the contest.
The workshop provided students with an insight into the world of journalism, including how to gather news and design a page layout, as well as the organisation of an editorial team.
As part of the workshop, students were required to come up with an instant front page for their newspapers based on an actual press conference that was showed to them.
Form Four student Fatimah Fadilafatin Aziz said her spoken English had improved tremendously after attending lessons.
“In Yan, Kedah, where I am schooling, people hardly speak English. The NiE lessons give us an opportunity to communicate in English,'' she said.
Fatimah said she had fun learning about the world of journalism.
“But I want to be a forensic specialist when I grow up,'' she said, adding that she was determined to improve her language skills.
SMK Agama Yan schoolteacher Rohayah Abd Hamid said her students enjoy NiE lessons because they get to improve their English in a fun way.
“The students, who are mostly from villages, enjoy NiE lessons because the lessons are different,” she said.
Rohaya also added that she would motivate her students to do their best in the BSNA 2005.
Two more workshops will be held next week: on March 30 at Systematic College, Johor Baru and March 31 at Multimedia University’s Malacca campus.
Those interested in participating can contact Arumugam or Suresh (07-331 5666) for Johor Baru and A.E. David (06-282 1909) for Malacca.