BRATs conduct street poll in Malacca


  • Nation
  • Monday, 10 Nov 2003

MALACCA: Forty teenagers in The Star’s BRATs programme applied theory to practice by conducting a street poll during the second day of the workshop yesterday. 

Armed with pens, notepads and newly acquired journalism skills, the BRATs were taken to the city’s landmarks, the Stadhuys building and Jonker Street, where they spoke to locals and tourists on how tourism had made an impact in the state here. 

During the poll, the BRATs learned how to approach stran- 

gers and phrase their questions in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese.  

Using the information they collected, the BRATs wrote articles suitable for publication.  

ON ASSIGNMENT: N. Maygala (centre) and S. Vishala talking to popiah seller Chou Tian Chai about his business in Malacca on Sunday.

The BRATs, consisting of teenagers aged 16 to 19, began the workshop on Saturday with an introduction to the basics of journalism where they were given tips on conducting interviews and taught how to write news articles.  

The workshop ends tomorrow by which time the teenagers would have gone on field assignments, written stories, tackled other editorial activities and learnt the importance of teamwork.  

BRATs is a programme that aims to expose teenagers to their environment through print journalism. The workshop here is the last of three held this year.  

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