You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Newspapers have an enormous influence on people’s opinions and ideas. Do you think it is a positive or negative situation?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
You should write at least 250 words.
Sample Answer 1:
Newspapers are an important source for reporting all the happenings in the world in a very economical way. They have tremendously influenced the viewpoint of the individuals living in a society. Sometimes the effects created by these newspapers are positive while in some situations they are negative.
Since its advent, newspapers have been the sole largest means of sharing the day to day happenings in the world. It provides correct facts of the events happened at the site. It covers complete information on the events occurring in various fields like science, politics, sports, astrology, etc. Reading newspapers help people get familiar with different cultures and latest happenings around them. In light of the certainties and assessments reported in daily papers, people comprehends the latest advancements to form a correct perception of the society which in turns brings modernization in the lifestyles of the people.
It is moral responsibility of newspapers to report true and unbiased opinions. However sometimes some authors tend to provide somewhat biased opinions on the topics. Such personal views affect the minds of the people in a less constructive manner and create differences in people thinking. These differences in the perception of the people towards the various social aspects can cause unrest and conflicts among them.
To sum up, considering the vast influences of newspapers in altering lives of people it is essential on the part of authors to provide unbiased opinions and ideas in newspapers in order to form the world a better place to live in.
[ Written by – Riya Nagpal ]
Sample Answer 2:
Newspapers are one the oldest source of information regarding current events before the invention of the radio, television and the internet. It has a huge influence in people’s opinions and ideas. But without the ability of the people to cross-reference what is written in the news, we tend to believe that all are facts.
Newspapers have a positive and negative effect on its readers. If we will study history, we will find out that newspapers were once used for propagandas during World War II. As a result, many people were brainwashed and believed what they were reading in the news were accurate. Some of the newspapers also come with inappropriate articles and images that might harm the children that will read it without their parents’ consent.
While there are negatives effects, I believe that there are more effects on the positive side as there are lots of credible newspapers that are circulating worldwide. Aside from the regular local and world current events, readers can check the newspaper the weather for the day. A businessman can also see current stock market rates while sports enthusiast can check the results of their favourite games be it basketball, baseball, football, etc. Job searchers can also look on job openings and employers can easily advertise their job vacancies. And lastly, people will be up to date and entertained at the same time with the addition of entertainment sections.
With the emergence of the internet and the age of social media is becoming more popular, the popularity of the newspapers has been affected by it. But nothing can beat the newspaper as one of the leading source of information and entertainment, especially, for the people who do not have access to computers.
[ Written by – Benchong Dee ]
Sample Answer 3:
Newspapers play a vital role in the society because of its influential abilities. It has a huge impact on the thoughts of people in various manners. In my opinion, newspapers can act as a constructive tool if used in a positive and fair manner, but it can also be a lethal weapon for society, if in wrong hands.
Starting from the freedom fight of our nation, the newspaper had played a major role in the awakening of common man. As the result of that, our nation got independence. In today’s world, newspaper act as the centralized chain to spread about what is happening all around. It enlightens people about the crisis situations which help them to be prepared and take all the preventive actions needed. It also makes the common people aware of the economy of the nation and helps public to know about their elected leaders.
On the other hand, a biased news in the newspaper, lead to a negative influence on the reader’s mind and can adversely affect the perceptions of the reader. Nowadays, newspapers publish model photographs just to raise their sales. Some of the newspapers are being used by political leaders, in order to create their fake image to get political benefits. As a result of growing competition and commercialization, newspapers can easily break the thin line of an ethical barrier, which can have negative on the society.
To sum up, there is a great saying that the pen is more powerful than the sword so newspaper plays an important role in developing the opinion, either positive or negative , in the society.
[ Written by – Ketan Bembi ]