News stories on TV and in newspaper are very often accompanied by pictures. Some people say that these pictures are more effective than words. What is your opinion?

Pictures generally capture the true essence of an event. It is quite common to find news stories these days on television and newspapers along with their pictorial depiction and it has been found to create an engrossing effect on the reader’s or viewer’s mind.
This
is definitely a more effective way of reporting. Advancements in technology have made almost everyone possesses a smartphone with a camera and
thus
it has become easier for journalists to capture and report news / a news story. Any news accompanied by a picture or video has a more riveting effect on people as it has been proven many times that when text or audio is accompanied by visuals, it attracts the attention of people more easily than when it is used alone. In some cases
such
as in the case of natural calamities or wars, pictures are crucial for conveying the gravity of
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ituation and the extent of the damage caused. Before the publication of
such
images, people remained ignorant about
this
existential threat and tried to shrug off any warning as mere assumptions. Concurrently, the importance of words cannot be completely ignored. A well-written column or a good orator can engage the interest of people without the need for pictures but
then
again these become necessary to prevent the news from becoming monotonous.
Also
, it is natural to forget what one listens to or reads but the photographs stay in the memory of people for a longer period of time. To conclude, a picture speaks more than 1000 words, so words accompanied by their visual representation are a much more effective means of news reporting as people need more substantial evidence these days to believe a news story;
hence
I firmly reiterate that pictures should be added to news being broadcasted or published to create a lasting impression.
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