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IELTS Cue Card # 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 it for news
  • how often you use this news source
  • what other sources you sometimes use for getting news

and explain why this is your favourite news source.


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 to which I may or may not agree.

But the best thing 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 my 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 for some modern technologies like the internet or TV.


Sample Answer 2:
Thank you for this nice topic. I would definitely pick TV as the best news source, which is also my favourite, for the latest and authentic news.

First of all, televisions are available almost everywhere. I usually turn on the 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 events by reporters on the scene. That’s why shared viewing of TV programmes 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 of news and I watch TV news almost daily. With the fast pacing life, it is often tough to totally concentrate on radio news or printed newspapers, and that's why, for the last few years, TV news programmes are becoming hugely popular. I can turn my TV set on, and there are plenty of dedicated news channels to watch and enjoy. 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 and still watch some TV news.

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 like millions of others who rely on this magic box for the latest news and information.


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