IELTS Cue Card: Describe a news story you have read or heard about recently

Describe a news story you have read or heard about recently

IELTS Cue Card Question 86 With Model Answer:

Describe a news story you have read or heard about recently.

You should say:
  • what it was
  • when you heard / read it
  • what you thought about it
And explain why you remember this news story.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:
Watching or reading news is the best way to expand one’s knowledge and aiming to keep myself updated with the latest happenings across the world, I watch the news on television and read them as well either on online or the hard copy.

When I was browsing the CNN.com (in fact I visit the website at least twice a day), a news story titled - ‘How to lose a job in 30 seconds’ attracted me. I thought that the news story is about offering suggestions to give up a job within half a minute. But when I entered inside the story, it was a different thing. CNN.com is one of the largely browsed news website and channel across the globe and there are a good number of watchers and readers are go through the information and stories aired or uploaded on its website. If you miss something on the channel, you can have the option to catch the particular story on the website.

Well, I usually browse the website at my office and in fact this is the first task for me to check the website for the latest happenings. I check the website and its uploaded stories of varied interest. Before starting my work, I try to learn the current situation of the world which is also a part of my job. During the website visit in the morning at the office, the story caught my attention. I was amazed by the witty title and started reading the story with high attention. I needed to know about the ways of irritating the superior authority in cases when they cast unwanted loads to me despite being inactive round the day. 

At first, it appeared that the story is about performing tasks that will risk one’s job and will eliminate the employee within few seconds. But when I clicked on the link, a different thing appeared. It told that the first half minute is enough for the employer to allow the job to you or to reject you. If you cannot exhibit the right manner and etiquette during your interview, the employer will reject you in the first sight. Following some studies, the brain decides within the first 30 seconds whether to like or dislike any individual. But I interpreted the meaning in the opposite way. The story also read that to be count among the others, an individual needs to be well prepared in every issue related to the job.

The news story is an ever remembering one for me only for the title. Merely a title is enough to make the audience feel attracted to a specific news story. I have saved the news and sometimes have a look on the texts dealing about the importance of professional etiquette. When the news story title is not attractive, the readers tend to leave them and move to the next news story. The statement is true for all of the readers. I also should have skipped the news if the title was not a teasing one. The title trickily attracts the readers and this is the skill of the news-makers or editors that they are able to tease the readers with a bunch of small words. Even the useless words become lively when they are well organised by an expert brain.