Young journos hone skills as they look for story gems in Terengganu

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  • Monday, 20 Aug 2018

Having a blast: BRATs are taught how to sniff out a good story at the young journalist workshops at Resorts World Kijal.

KIJAL: Many of them had never seen a real turtle before. But the BRATs young journalists managed to keep their excitement in check as they conducted interviews, took notes and filmed their assignments on turtle conservation.

Today, they will head to a coastal village in Terengganu to hunt down interesting stories about traditional fishing villages while meeting with villagers and fishermen, and visiting a fish processing factory.

This is all part of the BRATs young journalist workshops, held at Re­­sorts World Kijal from Aug 18 to 21, where participants learn the art of writing, interviewing, videography and photography from award-winning R.AGE journalists.

Armed with these skills, they are heading out to find the best stories Kijal has to offer, including exploring Resort World Kijal’s own turtle hatchery. The product of their work will be featured in the Star NiE BRATs pullout as well as online at

For student Faith Ling, 18, the workshops have helped her polish her existing skills.

“I found the video editing workshop the most useful because I edit videos most of the time,” she said.

“But that’s not all I learnt – I discovered how complex the thought process of a journalist is when writing an article!”

This new knowledge has opened up new possibilities for Ling – she now looks forward to writing feature stories, and becoming a better writer in the future.

But the BRATs didn’t just learn hard skills, they also learnt the importance of journalistic soft skills like determining news value and story angles, said Choi Ching Jack, 19.

“This camp taught me how the media works, and has given me a better understanding of how politics and the media works,” said Choi, who aspires to become a politician

BRATs workshops aim to create a new generation of journalists – and for Manpreet Singh Jaggit, 16, he is one step closer to realising his dream of becoming a journalist.

“Learning how to ask questions and write good stories will help me become a better journalist, and that’s useful in the future,” he said.

After the camp, the participants will become regular contributors to The Star’s Education (StarEducate) section.

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