IELTS Vocabulary Topic: Media
author – the writer of a book, article, play, etc.
bias – the fact of preferring someone or something
censorship – the act of censoring books, films, etc.
current affairs – political news about events happening now
exposé – a public report of the facts about a situation, especially one that is shocking or has been kept secret 6.
exposure – the attention that someone or something gets from newspapers, television etc
free press – a press having the freedom to operate without interference or censorship
ideology – the set of ideas and beliefs of a group or political party.
mass media – newspapers, television, radio, and the internet
newsstand – a small structure where newspapers and magazines are sold
paparazzi – photographers who follow famous people in order to take photographs they can sell to newspapers
publicity – notice or attention given to someone or something by the media
relevance – the degree to which something is related or useful to what is happening or being talked about
safeguard – a rule, agreement etc that is intended to protect someone or something from possible dangers or problems
tabloid – a type of newspaper that has smaller pages, many pictures, and short reports
attention–grabbing – attracting people’s notice; striking
biased – unfairly preferring one person or group over another
celebrity – someone who is famous, especially in the entertainment business
distorted – changed from the usual, original, natural, or intended form
entertaining – funny and enjoyable
factual – based on facts
informative – providing a lot of useful information
intrusive – affecting someone in a way that annoys them and makes them feel uncomfortable
investigative – intended to examine a situation in order to discover the truth
mainstream – (of beliefs or behaviour) common and shared by most people
sensationalist – a person who presents stories in a way that is intended to provoke public interest or excitement, at the expense of accuracy.
superficial – (of a person) never thinking about things that are serious or important
unbiased – able to judge fairly because you are not influenced by your own opinions
well-informed – having a lot of knowledge
exploit – to use something in a way that helps you
invade – to enter a place by force, often in large numbers
publicize – to make information about something generally available
corruption – illegal, bad, or dishonest behaviour, especially by people in positions of power
pride oneself on – be especially proud of a particular quality or skill
reveal – to make known or show something usually secret or hidden
ill-informed – knowing less than you should about a particular subject
comply – to act according to an order, set of rules or request
alarming – causing worry and fear
underreport – fail to report (something) fully
relegate – to put someone or something into a lower or less important rank or position
media hype – publicity
impartial – not supporting any of the sides involved in an argument
invasive – (especially of an action or sensation) tending to intrude on a person’s thoughts or privacy; spreading
reality TV – television programs in which real people are continuously filmed, designed to be entertaining rather than informative.
glamorous – attractive in an exciting and special way
rectify – to correct something or make something right
IELTS Writing Task 2 Questions
- Some people think the media – television and films – negatively affect people’s behaviour. Others do not think so. How do you think the media affects people’s behaviour? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
- The most popular modern media is the internet. Do you think it will replace all other available media of communication? Provide specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.