IELTS Essay 1210 - How much can we trust the journalists?

IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

The news is an important source of knowledge for all of us about the world, especially in this era of technology. Journalists are mainly responsible to bring this news to us but not all of them are true to their responsibilities and ethics. How much can we trust the journalists?

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

Write at least 250 words. 

Model Answer 1: [we cannot completely trust them]
Today, with the accessibility of the internet, we can easily get the latest news on our electronic devices to know what is happening worldwide. Although I believe that most of the journalists have been asked to have integrity and courage regarding their jobs before they are qualified, we cannot completely trust them.

In this digital age, the competition in the journalism industry is becoming much more fierce than ever before. In order to stay ahead of their counterparts, some journalists may report the news which they did not double-check or even fabricated. What is more, it is still possible for some journalists to make clickbait news to attract attention from the public, which enables them to get payback from internet traffic. Therefore, how to distinguish reliable information is becoming increasingly vital for us because we cannot rely on every news we come across.

However, I believe that there are still numerous honest journalists who present the truth to their readers and have courage and integrity. They take their profession as a responsibility to the people and are not scared of danger and threats. They even take risks and carry on tough jobs to show the truth to the audience. Such journalists are doing excellent jobs to make the world a better place.

In conclusion, it will be better for us if we can do some cross-check to make sure the news we read is reliable because, in this day and age, fake news is ubiquitous. Numerous outstanding journalists are still working to reveal the fact to the ordinary public but we should not trust every journalist as not all of them are honest and maintain the standard and ethics.

[Written by - Casey]


Model Answer 2: [we should always verify the authenticity of the news]
Due to the emergence of technology, we have online news portals besides the printed newspapers, and it seems like anybody can be a journalist with a dot com website which puts an already questionable profession to more scrutiny and doubts. While trusting journalists and their reports, we should always verify the authenticity of the news and use our common sense.

Without reading newspapers and watching the news, we will be unaware of the world around us and that is why newspapers are so important in our lives and play such a profound role in enhancing our knowledge. People who constantly work hard to bring that news and information to us are doing a tremendous job and they are often the reason we learn about corruptions, global crisis, updates on an important national issue and even learn the score of our favourite sports team. A responsible and honest journalist is like a soldier who fights a righteous battle to keep the citizens informed and eliminate corruptions and unjust from society. However, not all of them are true to their responsibilities and many of them put business and personal gains over ethics and responsibilities.

When trusting a news report or a journalist, thus, we should always check the news source and the credibility of the reporter, especially in this era of modern technology where online news portals have grown and spread like mushrooms. Clickbait journalism and politically motivated news are constantly bombarding us with the help of social media and they have primarily one goal in mind - making money by playing with our emotions and political feelings. As informed readers, we must rely on authoritative newspapers and verify any news source before believing them. For example, I generally tend to believe the news I read on but sometimes I also check the news on other sources just to on the safe side. Our common sense about news can be a big tool to filter out the fabricated news as we should read the truth even if it is something we dislike rather than reading false news which is exactly what we want to hear or believe.

To conclude, we have good journalists and bad journalists and it is our responsibility to be wary of non-authoritative news and not-so-credible journalists and use our common sense to read news which is based on facts and truth.

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The 'introduction' may also compare to the past time of delivering news...
Can add up like, "In the bygone era, before the invention of publications, a man generally gathered the information from the resources outside, then delivered it verbally which usually consisting of Crops and Grains and pricing along with the trade routes."

Contemporary journalism is not as constructive as it should have been. Sometimes, journalists rather spread false news and create misleading and haphazard conditions in society for their own gain and their political inclination towards a particular party. So one should not trust any news or journalist for that matter blindly.

In many countries, politics perilously impacts the growth of truthful journalism. Many journalists, out of fear or to gain some power or money, make a close relationship with the political leaders whose agenda is to print only the news that satisfies their political interests. Such inclination towards political parties jeopardizes journalists' moto and ethics, which is to be truthful under all circumstances. So in such countries, trusting journalists and their reports are out of the question except for a few journalists and news source who are still uncorrupted. In some developing countries in South Asian region, the ruling political parties always put pressure on the press and TV media so that their journalists do not disclose any potential information which might be harmful to the party image. According to Transparency International, 80% of the news in such a country is fabricated due to the influence of the political parties and their strongmen.

Additionally, as the number of media is rapidly increasing, the government has less control over the quality of them. Such a trend is more common in online portals which are least reliable. Also, these online news agencies are in ill competitions to gain fame, they fabricate news to impress their readers. According to Forbes, in recent days, online news portals are growing at a rate of 20% each year, which mostly are liable for the 80% of the fake news on the social sites like Facebook. So, we should not trust the journalists and editors who work for such new portals.

To recapitulate, the growing false news is quite alarming and this has put the reputation of journalists in questions. Therefore, before taking any news seriously people should do the background check to be sure if the reporter has any political agenda or the news is a false one.

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