Compare/Contrast – Newspaper and Online News (Includes Broadcast Release) Essay

The story I chose to write about is “Batu Caves at risk of caving in” which was published in The Star newspaper on Friday, 26th October. The story is about a condominium project that is going to be developed in close vicinity to Batu Caves. The project, if allowed to be carried out, can potentially cause the historical site to cave in much sooner than expected as the development may accelerate the limestone massif’s natural erosion process.

The developer, Dolomite Industries, has been ordered to stop all construction-related works by the state government in order for soil testing to be conducted in the area. However, the results from the soil test would not prove the ground and caves safe from collapsing. Alternatively, MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel has suggested the state government to either identify land in a different area for the condominium project or compensate Dolomite Industries.

The style of writing in the newspaper piece compared to the online website is quite different in terms of identifying the arrangement of info in the inverted pyramid format. The newspaper piece first emphasises on how the condominium project will harm the historical site whereas the online website focuses first on what the committee members of the temple are planning to do to try and stop the developer from persisting with it. Both news pieces do still have some similarities in style.

There is an even coverage of the core issue, being that Batu Caves has a higher risk of caving in if the condominium project is given the green light. They also have similarities in writing style as the online website does not read too casual and still has elements of hard news writing style. The tones of both the stories are relatively serious. Both the newspaper and online website articles are written with a hard news type feel. However, there are some slight differences in terms of the tone of the news pieces.

First of all, the newspaper article has a more monotonous feel compared to the online website piece. It is basically just stating all the bare facts on the matter and includes quotes that support and also explain the issue. However, the online website piece has a slightly more concerned tone. It touches more on the subject in terms of the temple committee members’ point of view and how they foresee the negative effects of the development of the condominium towards Batu Caves. The use of words in both essays is quite similar as well.

Most of the quotes that explain the issue are from similar sources. However, at the end of the articles, the newspaper piece ends with a paragraph that compares the height of buildings that currently surround the Batu Caves vicinity with the high-rise condominiums that are planned to be developed by using words like ‘nine floors’ which describes the highest building so far or ‘five floors’ referring to the buildings used as water catchment areas. This statement gives the impression that the developers were being unreasonable and not ethically aware of the weight of the situation.

In the online website piece, it ends with how the state government had not received and complaints on the matter. This gives the impression that the temple committee members are not as peaceful as they say to be. In terms of visual representation, both articles are very similar. The newspaper piece clearly describes how and why the condominium project can effect Batu Caves negatively as does the online article. BROADCAST RELEASE Condos may cause Batu Caves to collapse 27 October 2012 YMYC The 29-storey condominium project located in the close vicinity of Batu Caves may cause the historical site to cave in.

If given the green light, the project would speed up the natural erosion of the caves and cause it to collapse much sooner than expected. Temple committee members have demanded the development company to stop the project and the state government have met these demands. Currently, the construction work has been put on hold while soil testing is being conducted. However, soil testing will not prove the project is fail-safe towards Batu Caves. Temple committee members have planned a peaceful protest against the project.