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IELTS Writing Task 2 - Learning About The News (Discussion Question)

Some people think that newspapers are the best way to learn about the news. However, others believe that they can learn the news more effectively through other media.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.


Newspapers have been a primary source of news for centuries, but in recent years, other media outlets have gained more popularity. While some people believe that the best way to learn about the news is by reading newspapers, others find it more effective to stay updated whilst using other media platforms. In this essay, I will discuss both views and provide my own opinion.

On the one hand, reading newspapers has several advantages. Firstly, newspapers are a trustworthy  source of information. They are written by professional journalists who are trained to report the news accurately and objectively . Secondly, reporters of official newspapers often know how to publish coverage of controversial incidents in depth . They tend to include background information, detailed analyses, and expert opinions, which can help readers better understand complex issues. Finally, newspapers are portable  and thus can be read anywhere and anytime. For instance, my grandfather often stores his newspapers in a box and reads them whenever he has spare time.

On the other hand, other channels such as television, radio, and the internet have several benefits. Firstly, the easier accessibility of other mass media forms such as the internet has made it possible for people to stay updated with the latest news and information. Secondly, social networking sites like Tiktok and Facebook can provide  up-to-the-minute  news coverage. For example, a normal person can livestream  breaking news on the scene, depicting what is actually happening much faster than a report or an article in newspapers does. Finally, multimedia coverage  of news stories with the aid of audio and video materials can make the news more engaging and interesting. 

In my opinion, both newspapers and other means of media coverage have their own advantages and drawbacks. Therefore, it is crucial for individuals to conduct thorough research and make comparisons across multiple sources in order to stay well-informed.



  • trustworthy (adj) = đáng tin cậy

  • objectively (adv) = một cách khách quan

  • controversial incident (phrase) = sự việc gây tranh cãi

  • in depth (phrase) = một cách có chiều sâu

  • portable (adj) = di động, dễ dàng mang theo

  • up-to-the-minute (adj) = mới nhất

  • livestream (v) = phát trực tiếp

  • multimedia coverage (phrase) = việc đưa tin đa phương tiện



Personal Opinion: Both newspapers and other media are effective means of learning about the news

Body 1: The benefits of learning about the news through newspapers

  • Newspapers are reliable sources of information written by trained journalists who report news accurately

  • Official newspapers cover controversial incidents in depth, providing background information, detailed analyses, and expert opinions for a better understanding of complex issues

  • They are also portable, allowing readers to access them anywhere and anytime

Body 2: The benefits of learning about the news through other media 

  • The internet, for example, makes it easy for people to stay updated with the latest news

  • Social media platforms like TikTok and Facebook provide real-time news coverage through live streams, showing events faster than newspapers

  • Multimedia coverage with audio and video materials makes the news more engaging and interesting on these platforms


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