News Editors Decide What to Broadcast on Television and What to Print in Newspapers

Present a written argument or case to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following topic: News editors decide what to broadcast on television and what to print in newspapers. What factors do you think influence these decisions? Do we become used to bad news? Would it be better if more good news was reported? You should write at least 250 words. Use your own ideas, knowledge and experience and support your arguments with examples and relevant evidence.

Sample 1:-

It is irrefutable that newspapers and television are a great source of knowledge and information. However, the news editor plays an important role in making a crucial decision about broadcasting the news. Nowadays bad news gets more viewers than good news due to public interest and way of presentation. According to my point of view, there is some factor which affects publishers’ decisions and it would be better to report only good news on television or in the newspaper.

The first and foremost reason that influences the decision of the editor is popularity. whenever a news editor wants to publish their news then they always print and broadcast that news which gains more popularity. In other words, they print only that news which attracts most of the people in the world. For example, in news related to politics, personal relationships are in demand in society. Moreover, the second factor they consider is profit. The publisher presents their news in front of viewers with exaggeration to achieve more benefits because, if they simply publish the news then individuals do not take interest in it and its effects on TRP as well as, profitability.

There is no doubt that nowadays bad news is more acceptable as compared to good news. To illustrate, rape news, crime-related, news of personal affairs are gaining more publicity rather than news of the economic growth of the nation and success stories. The main reason behind it is that people are always interested in watching such kinds of incidents and the media also play bad news more frequently than good news. On the flip side, it would be better for the individual as well as, news companies if they publish good news instead of bad ones because it helps to improve the thinking of individual and national development. Thus, it is right of the editor to present only that news which is true and real.


To conclude, public interest, choice, profit margin and publicity there is the main factor which influences the editor for the time of broadcasting. But according to my view, it is essential that does not change the real news to change the real news for gaining popularity and profit.

Sample 2:-

It has often been said that “Good news is bad news” because it does not sell newspapers. A radio station that once decided to present only good news soon found that it had gone out of business for lack of listeners. Bad news, on the other hand, is so common that in order to cope with it, we often simply ignore it. We have become immune to bad news and the newspapers and radio stations are aware of this.

While newspapers and TV stations may aim to report world events accurately, be they natural or human disasters, political events or the horrors of war, it is also true that their main objective is to sell newspapers and attract listeners and viewers to their stations. For this reason, TV and radio stations attempt to reflect the flavor of their station by providing news broadcasts tailor-made to suit their listeners’ preferences. Programmes specializing in pop music or TV soap operas focus more on local news, home issues and up-to-date traffic reports. The more serious stations and newspapers like to provide “so-called” objective news reports with an editorial comment aimed at analyzing the situation.

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If it is true, then, that newspapers and TV stations are tailoring their news to their readers’ and viewers’ requirements, how can they possibly be reporting real-world events in an honest and objective light? Many radio and TV stations do report items of good news but they no longer call this news. They refer to these as human interest stories and package them in programmes specializing,  for instance, in consumer affairs or local issues. Good news now comes to us in the form of documentaries on the fight against children’s cancer or AIDS, or the latest developments in the fight to save the planet from environmental pollution.

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