News, an important part of the teen reading regime

From young reader to budding journalist

ONE hot afternoon, a seven-year-old girl picked up a newspaper that was lying on the floor of her grandmother’s house.

Out of boredom, she flipped through it until a brightly colored page caught her eye. It was filled with comics.

Feeling tickled by some of the comics, she burst out laughing and continued to flip through the other pages.

She had no idea that the newspaper would continue to play an influential role in her life.

Starting out as a young reader of The Star, I often headed to the comics and various human interest stories section, and skipped all the pages detailing current issues as I found them too tedious to read.

It wasn’t until my dad noticed that I always finished reading the newspaper in record time that he realized that I had missed the most important part of a newspaper – the news.

In order to make sure that I would never skip any part of the journal again, he would regularly perform ‘spot checks’ asking me to explain the story behind a headline or name three issues highlighted in the journal that day- the.

At the time, I sulked and forced myself to read every page. But I started to realize how beneficial it was when I joined my high school debate team.

I found myself able to discuss and debate extensively on various issues with ease, as if what The Star has posted over the years has been ingrained in my mind.

At the same time, I wondered what had happened behind the scenes to produce the newspaper articles I read every day.

I knew journalism was more complex than the usual essay writing I knew. Fortunately, I found my answer in The Star’s BRATs young journalist program, which I have been participating in since 2018.

Before long I was looking for potential people to interview and writing interview articles. I even had the opportunity to do an internship at Menara Star in Selangor. And it all started with a simple reading hobby.

It’s been 10 years since I bought my first copy of The Star, but I still find myself looking through its pages every morning.

Whether it’s turning the pages spread out on the dining table or hitting the arrow key on my laptop to “flip” the ePaper, reading The Star news will always be one of the few constants. of my daily routine.

I can’t wait to see how he manifests his influence on the next generation of readers. – By OOI SHINZ JO, 17, Penang

Expensive activity: Nur Alia (second from left) says reading L'Étoile with her friends is a precious part of her high school years.Expensive activity: Nur Alia (second from left) says reading L’Étoile with her friends is a precious part of her high school years.

Pleasant classmate

LIVING in a boarding school where students aren’t allowed to use smartphones doesn’t give me the luxury of scrolling through my social media feeds to keep up with the news.

Fortunately, my school provides journals for its students, where each class receives a copy of The Star daily.

My classmates and I take turns getting our hands on the newspaper. Still, taking the time to read it is almost like grabbing a concert ticket for the biggest boy group in the world.

When I entered my classroom each morning, the first thing I would do would be to look for the newspaper.

At this point, I’m used to the disappointment that a few people have called the newspaper before me.

Impatient, I would sometimes sit next to the person holding the paper and peruse its contents as they leafed through it.

Nonetheless, I don’t blame my classmates for enjoying reading The Star news. With its eye-catching graphics and informative updates, newspaper reading is an enjoyable part of our routine.

Not only that, the content of the journal helps our learning as it provides coverage on national and international issues, and a wide range of topics that include health, economics and education.

These topics are as important as those highlighted in our school curriculum, further helping us develop high-level thinking skills – a key part of 21st century learning.

Sometimes when our favorite artists are featured, my classmates and I would find ourselves on the brink of war just to get a cut of the artists.

I even went to other classes to ask for the pictures, but I often came back empty-handed.

At the end of the day, when everyone read the newspaper, the copy often didn’t end up in the recycle bin in one piece.

A friend would have cut off the Sudoku section while other friends would have taken a page or two for their albums. I, too, would have cut a few quotes from articles that I find inspiring.

Believe it or not, reading The Star with my friends is a precious part of my high school years.

The Star, thank you for being a constant companion in my teenage years! – By NUR ALIA IRDINA, 17, Negri Sembilan

Weekend hobby: It was his father's love for the newspaper that made Gurjit find joy in reading it.Weekend hobby: It was his father’s love for the newspaper that made Gurjit find joy in reading it.

Father-son bonding tool

MY weekends often start with this warning from my mother: “Gurjit, the newspaper is here. You better go down and get it. Don’t make me go upstairs to wake you up!

In response, I quickly dragged myself out of bed and hurried downstairs because I didn’t want to get into my mom’s bad books.

After I retrieved the diary from the delivery man, I unwound the elastic and there, right in front of my eyes, was the huge front page headline of The Star. But being me, I would dive right into the comics section.

My first memory of The Star is watching my dad reading the newspaper on the couch. My curiosity piqued, I asked him what he was reading. That’s when he introduced it to me.

The Star has been my father’s favorite newspaper from a young age and now it has become mine.

It is a medium in which my father and I use to strengthen our bond. We often find interesting topics to discuss based on the articles presented.

My grandfather also reads The Star and he likes to collect interesting information like historical timelines. Whenever he visited me, he shared the cuttings with me.

In addition to reading it for entertainment, information and connection with my father, I use the newspaper as a tool to improve my English proficiency.

The more I read articles written by journalists, the more writing styles and commonly used phrases I receive.

It helped me express myself better in my English exams, as well as broaden my outlook and general knowledge.

It was my love of reading The Star that motivated me to apply to the Brats Young Journalist program at the end of last year.

It has always been my dream to see my name and article published in The Star, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to do so.

I want to thank the journalists and editors of Star Media Group for the many benefits I have gained from being an aspiring reader and writer of The Star.

Keep up the good work and happy 50th birthday! – By GURJIT SADU SINGH, 15 years old, Pahang

Shinz Jo, Nur Alia and Gurjit participate in the BRAT program for young journalists led by The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (Star-NiE) team. Throughout the year-long program, participants aged 14-22 from across the country experience the lives of journalists, contributing ideas, conducting interviews and doing editorial work. They earn signatures, attend workshops and expand their social networks. To join the Star-NiE online youth community, visit

The journal is a handy resource to keep us informed of the latest events and issues happening in the country and around the world. It is also filled with information that serves to entertain, inspire and delight its readers.

1. How well do you know The Star newspaper? Flip through your full copy of Sunday Star today. Can you find these sections?

Nation World Sport Lifestyle Comics Horoscope Health Obituary Weather Sudoku Dear Thelma

How long did it take you to research the above sections? Have you come across other sections? Name them.

2. As you were flipping through the journal while doing the activity above, did anything grab your attention? For example, it could be a particularly eye-catching photograph or a catchy title. Or was it an advertisement that momentarily distracted you from the task? Take the time to reflect on your experience. Has the article (s) served to inform, entertain, inspire or delight you as a reader?

3. Just as many internet users use Pinterest or other social media platforms to store all kinds of information, why not create an album where you keep information from The Star that serves different purposes? Ask your friends or family to do the same so that at the end of each week you can share your Top Five results or collections with each other. Better yet, follow up with your English language teacher or company!

4. The journal is also a good place to build your word bank. To get started, read the three articles written by young BRAT journalists on this page. Are there any words or phrases that stood out for you? Cut them out and paste them in your album! Look up the meanings of words in a dictionary if you have difficulty understanding them. Write down the meanings and make a conscious effort to use these words in your daily life.

5. Are you an avid reader of The Star like our young BRAT journalists? Have a friend or family member take a creative photo of you posing with the journal or e-paper, and email it to us at [email protected] with a 150 word caption maximum telling us about your reading trip with The Star. Remember to provide your full name, age, and where you are from. By submitting an entry you have a chance to be featured on this page!

Since 1997, the Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (Star-NiE) program – with the endorsement of the Ministry of Education – has supported the teaching of English in primary and secondary schools across the country. Through Star-NiE’s teacher and student workshops, annual competitions, and monthly English resources for use in the classroom, program participants are said to have shown a marked interest in the language and progress in their fluency. Starting this month, Star-NiE will continue its role of promoting the use of the English language through a weekly activity page in StarEdu. These activities can be used individually and in groups, at home and in the classroom, at different skill levels. Parents and teachers are encouraged to work on the activities with their children and students. In addition, Star-NiE’s BRATs Young Journalist program will continue to be a platform for participants to hone and showcase their English skills, as well as develop their journalistic interests and instincts. Recruitment for the BRATs 2022 program will begin in November. Follow our updates on For Star-NiE inquiries, email [email protected]

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