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IELTS Writing: Trusting journalists

19/12/20142 minute read

We can get knowledge from news, but some people think we cannot trust journalists. What do you think? What qualities do you think a successful journalist should have?

Nowadays, reading the newspapers tremendously helps readers broaden the views. However, whether we should trust the news source remains a controversial issue. I agree with the view that regardless of the universally received industrial regulations, we cannot completely trust the reporters.

First, it is obvious that journalists will lean forwards over-reporting or exaggerating negative stories to hook viewers and thus maximise sales. This is because once the media is run by private, the ultimate target of media companies now is to seek maximum economic profits. As a result, we will always read the big media hype for the news reports that are no longer objective.

Moreover, when the media is totally manipulated by the governments in some countries, the objectiveness in the reports are much more scarce. The authorities do not like or even directly forbid publishing news reports which are against them. So in these situations, though the media are full of praise and admiration, the citizens themselves in these countries will not trust what they say at all.

That is not to say that the contents in the newspapers are not truthful thoroughly. It is often reported in the media that some journalists sacrifice themselves to unveil the truth of events in perilous areas. But to be honest, these dedicated employees are unfortunately few.

In sum, viewers should have their own judgements among the numerous news reports; meanwhile, what the reporters should keep in mind is the responsibility, impartiality and objectiveness in their work. Only by doing so can we ensure that the media industry will develop in a healthy environment.

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