IELTS Cue Card Sample 228 - Describe your favourite news source

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe your favourite news source.

You should say:

  • what it is and why you use this source for news
  • how often you use this news source
  • what other sources you use for getting news

and explain why you use this source for news.


Model Answer 1:
In today’s world, we all need to remain updated with the latest news and events that are shaping and changing our world faster than we could ever imagine. Of course, while people choose different news sources to collect their news, depending on their needs and preferences my favourite news source is "newspapers".

Yes, I still like to consider newspapers as the most reliable source of information and news even though there are many other sources of news today. Anyway, I prefer to read newspapers because it allows me enough time to analyse a particular event or situation more thoroughly according to my own terms and understanding. Besides, it also allows me to have an argument over it within my own brain and some times with my own peers. On top of that, newspapers, unlike any other news media, provide more in-depth analysis on a subject matter which I may or may not agree. But the best think about collecting news from a newspaper is that if I don’t agree with a certain analysis or viewpoint, I can always write a letter to the editor in order to express my opinion about a piece of particular news, which is not always possible with other news media.

Of course, when I say that newspapers are my favourite source of news and information, I don’t necessarily mean to suggest that I don’t rely on other sources of information. In fact, I like to watch television news also from time to time when there are some kinds of serious interviews, conversations or dialogues among the top policymakers of a country or the world. By the way, I also use the internet to get news and information from time to time.

Anyway, to recap as to why newspapers are my favourite source of information, I can read the news in a newspaper according to my own pace. Besides, it also allows me the flexibility to decide what news to read what not to which may not be possible with TV news. Finally, I can carry a newspaper anywhere and read it anywhere without the need of some modern technologies like the internet or TV.


Sample Answer 2:
If I wanted to talk about the best news source, I would definitely pick TV channels as the superior medium. In the first place, it is really available almost everywhere. I usually turn to TV channels on a daily basis when I return home from work. I guess it is designed to hold the viewers' attention for a short period of time which seems a perfect fit for today’s fast-paced life. In the second place, it presents the most recent round-up of the news providing the opportunity for us to see and enjoy live incidents by reporters on the scene. That’s why shared viewing of TV programs can bring families together even for a while. So, I always count on TV as a handy, reliable and efficient source of news.

In fact, TV is my favourite source for news and I watch TV news almost daily. With the fast pacing life, it is often tough to totally concentrate on radio news or daily newspaper and that's why for the last few years the TV news programs are becoming more and more popular. I can turn on my TV set and there are plenty of dedicated news channels to watch. The handiest part of the TV news is that you do not have to get 100% engaged on the TV set. I can do other things at the same time the news updates get in my ear. 
The audio-visual presentation, the detailed coverage and modern facilities have made the TV news really easy to grasp. For all those reasons, my personal favourite source of news is the television.


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Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Cards as well:
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