IELTS Speaking test on news, newspapers and magazines

IELTS Speaking news, newspapers, and magazines

‘Newspapers and magazines’ is a new favourite topic of IELTS examiners on the IELTS Speaking test. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and turbulent political situation in most countries, people wish to updated even more today. So, no wonder an increasing number of students are getting questions related to the news. Well, here are some sample questions and answers for your reference.

IELTS Speaking Part 1

Newspaper and magazines

Do you often read newspapers?

If you consider digital newspapers, then yes, I read newspapers often. The digital versions of the newspapers are convenient and get updated throughout the day. On the other hand, I don’t read the physical newspapers because they are made by cutting trees. As an environmentalist, I do not like this. Additionally, 

Do you prefer to read local news or international news?

I prefer to read both. It is imperative to keep in touch with both local and foreign events. It enhances one’s general awareness. I am also fond of a few countries that I have shortlisted for moving to, so it helps keep track of what their governments are up to. 

Which is more popular where you live, newspapers or magazines?

The country where I live has people who only order newspapers as they are easy to read. Here, most population is very busy in their work and may not get time to read a magazine, so very few order it. This makes newspapers a lot more popular than magazines. 

Do many people today read newspapers?

Yes, absolutely. The older generation in my country reads newspapers. Since the older generation has a dislike of gadgets, they tend to stick to physical newspapers. The younger generation has digital versions of those newspapers installed on their phones. 

In the future, do you think more people than today will read magazines or fewer people?

Fewer. A lesser number of people are reading magazines today. Internationally, magazine sales have decreased across the board as the information otherwise available in magazines is now available in the podcasts. So, I think that in the future, people will completely stop reading magazines.

Do you think newspapers will be critical to you in the future?

Yes, newspapers have and will always be important to me in the future because they are the primary source of any event or incidents across a state or a country.

The future of newspapers and magazines

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Cue Card on news

Describe an interesting piece of news that you have recently read about or heard about.

You should say:

  • what the story was
  • who was involved in the story
  • where you read or heard about this story
  • and explain why this news story was interesting to you.


Recently, the world of media was in an uproar about the suicide of a very talented actor in Mumbai. He was found hanging in his home after the neighbours complained about a smell emanating from his home. As soon as the police confirmed who the actor was, the media arrived on the scene and began reporting.

Due to the young age and brilliance of the actor, the media theorised that he was murdered. Because of drugs found in his body, the media industry focused its attention on his friends, family, and girlfriend. All of them were summoned for questioning. 

As almost every news channel was reporting the story, it was everywhere: newspapers, TV, internet, magazines… Nighttime debates were held over how the ‘murder’ occurred, and controversial statements were said. This story was fascinating for everyone. 

People believed that the media had jumped from suicide to murder without any concrete proof, and thus, any investigation that the police did only insulted the actor’s memory. This added to the fact that the drug cartel connection that the police and the CBI proposed disintegrated because there was simply no evidence to confirm that link. This story is also interesting as it revealed how many media companies were caught trying to increase their TRPs in a very illegal way. 

IELTS Speaking Part 3

How do people get their news in today’s society?

Nowadays, there are two options that you can choose to get news. The first is the traditional news press, and the second is social media. I believe since most reporters on TV or in newspapers have lost their credibility as their news are marred by their personal views. As a result, people like to verify everything that is reported in the traditional outlet using social media.

How do you think people will get their news in the future?

I think, going forward, people will get the news digitally as the young generation usually does today because a lot of trees get cut to make those papers that get delivered to homes. The digital versions are eco-friendly, cost-effective and continuously update the news. 

How does modern technology affect the delivery of news?

Due to modern technology, the news gets continuously updated. There is little to no delay between the incident happening and the story gets delivered to people. Additionally, thanks to technology, you need not only read the news, but you could also watch videos on the same channel or listen to the audio. It aids physically impaired people access news quickly.

Do you believe everything you read in the newspaper?

No. the simple fact is, the news company often skews the news in their favour to follow their own agenda. This makes some newspapers and some articles in those newspapers untrustworthy. For example, Fox repeatedly backed a story that was proved to be false over the course of four years. This included Obama not being born in the United States.

How to choose your news?

Let’s move on to the topic of good news. 

In your opinion, when do people share a good story?

I have observed that people are most likely to share good news almost when they receive it with their friends and family. They do this because they might want their friends and family to hear that news to feel good for them. For example, My friend called me and told me immediately when she got admission into the John Hopkins University of Medicine but did not talk to me for a few days when she broke up with her boyfriend.

How do people share the good news?

People share the good news by calling or meeting the person they want to share the story with as one expects the receiver to be happy. And for any human being, seeing their friends or family delighted is a joy to watch. Also, later all can celebrate the news together.

Do you think newspapers manipulate real stories for increasing their sales?

Absolutely, yes. I believe that each media outlet targets an audience with a certain mindset. They try and align their news stories with the opinions that these people hold in general, and in return, they expect a loyal customer for their outlet. Ultimately, this desire to win over a specific segment of readers is driven by the fact that such fierce loyalty means assured and increasing business.

Do TV programs and radio channels talk about the same news?

Yes. In fact, these two are more linked than most people think. The radio often repeats the news as people who are driving can obviously not watch TV programs. Repeating the same information saves many resources for radio stations. 

Do you think people will use the internet to read news online?

Yes. This is a modern trend and already has a lot of followers. Even back when the internet was new, the newspaper companies immediately started churning out applications so that their readers could access the news digitally. Honestly, I can see the trend picking up even further due to accessibility and ease of use.

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