New Straits Times and the Star newspapers

2 11 2011

News Stories: Sabah Railway Train crashed into a fuel tanker near Kota Kinabalu International Airport on 31st of October, 2011

Date of published: November 1, 2011 (Tuesday


We begin with the NEW STRAITS TIMES slug: Train rams into tanker, 9 injured (not highlight. Not a headline but lead story published at the front page). The story angle begins; “Nine people, including a pregnant woman, were injured when a Sabah railway passenger train crashed into an oil tanker at a level crossing near the Kota Kinabalu International Airport yesterday”.

– The news stories begin with human angle like…a pregnant woman….

– Incident collision: 5.30pm

11 injured passengers including tanker driver and locomotive driver were reported in details like full name and aged

– Sources: Interview; 1 passenger and two government officials – Sabah Police Commissioner and Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah.

A medium picture used and the tragedy continuous published at page four when a huge closed-up picture of the damage train were seen. There is no picture of the injured victim but long-short picture (small images) of two fire fighters near the damage train.


The STAR slug: Rain Track infer (highlight, headline and lead story of the day at the front page): 12 seriously hurt as train slams into fuel tanker. Here is the Star news stories angle; “A train carrying 200 passengers collided with a fuel tanker at an “unmanned” railway crossing, causing a massive explosion in Kepayan here. Twelve people were seriously injured and 34 passengers could not be traced”.

– The news stories begin with a number (200 passengers, 12 seriously injured and 34

Passengers could not be traced).

– There is no time were reported by The Star.

– Page 3 begins with the train victims.

-Page 6 rail horror pictures

– Sources: Interview; 3 passengers and two government officials – Sabah Police Commissioner and Sabah Railways Director.

At the front page, the Star newspapers published a huge closed-up picture on explosion with clear picture or images at the scene.  The picture made readers easy to know what is happening at the scene in term of the damage and explosion fire. The news stories appears again at the whole page of page 3 with more closed-up pictures including, the damage, explosion fire, blaze, injured victims assist by the Fire and Rescue Department (BOMBA), a police officer questioning the tanker driver (images courtesy from Bernama) as well as several members of the public. The Star also used graphic picture (Map) to allocate the incident location. The readers also can see clearly pictures of the rail horror at Page 6 (images courtesy from Bernama)


  1. Human Angle – people like to read, listen and watch stories about people.
  2. The 5 W’s and 1H – It’s a journalism rule that refers to 5 elements every story should include; 5W (Who, What, When, Where and Why, and 1H (How).
  3. Images or Pictures (to attract readers emotional)
  4. Sources and Interview
  5. Story Writing – Words (Example: NST – crashed, The Star – slams