Punctually at 9am, they rode in on motorbikes, a few riding pillion. Looking around the wooden table, faces of school-going children, adolescents and barely adults are the managers and habitat guides of Kelab Alami. Sitting outside the kelab house, with pens hovering over open notebooks, and a warm breeze encouraging discourse, we begin the workshop on news reporting.

What makes a village story newsworthy? I run through examples of what is news, and the criteria that makes a story newsworthy. The workshop ends with a practical session on how to frame shots, and an introduction to a free editing phone application. By pure coincidence, the club’s co-founder Shalan Ju’mat arrives – his truck is loaded with fishing nets and rambutan fruit, which becomes part of that morning’s news – and a refreshing snack!

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