IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 820 - Very few young people read newspapers or follow the news on TV

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

In many countries very few young people read newspapers or follow the news on TV. What do you think are the causes of this? What solutions can you suggest?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should write at least 250 words.

Model Answer 1:
There has been a dramatic increase in the numbers of newspaper and television channel over the last few years. Despite of this increasing numbers, a large proportion of population, which consist of youngsters seem uninteresting to pursue news on print and electronic media. Timings, traditional and boring way of presenting information and new interests among young are few factors that impede the youngster attention towards reading or watching news. However, there is a dire need to adapt new technologies to cater youngster interest. For instance online version of news, easy accessibility and encouragement from guardians can help a lot in this regard.

Firstly, newspaper always comes in the morning, which is the busiest time of youngsters, as they are approaching to schools and colleges at that time. Secondly, nowadays mass media is full of boring and traditional news, having nothing new for youngster that can attract their attention. Thirdly, study loads and pressure of completing assignments, projects and research work are main hindrance to follow news on media. Apart from that, youngsters spend more time on social networking sites and that’s why they have less interest in traditional news papers or news channels.  

However, media could appeal numerous youngsters by providing them online news and video streaming by the use of technology that will be more convenient and easily accessible for them. Additionally, interaction by forum, chats and comments also play pivotal role in pulling target audience. Moreover, youngsters should have access to newspapers on bus stops, stations and waiting areas of institutions.

To sum up, I would like to say that new and innovative ways of information dissemination with the use of technological advancements would definitely influenced youngsters. Accessibility of resources and guidance from parent could also be fruitful.

[ Written by - Fahad Sultan ]


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