How are photographs important to newspaper and television?

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boryung | Middle School Teacher

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The saying "one picture is worth a thousand words" demonstrates the importance of pictures and the information that they can convey. Written and spoken words are essential for communication, but sometimes, pictures can make a point even more powerfully. Newspapers and television stations that are trying to report news can make good use of pictures to show what is going on in the world.

Pictures of the World Trade Center collapsing in 2001, for example, showed the world what had happened on September 11 more powerfully than words ever could. The many pictures that television and newspapers showed their vast audiences helped to raise sympathy for the victims of terrorism. The world was shocked and angered, realized what a threat terrorists are to the world, and rallied its forces to combat this new threat to world peace.

There is also the saying "I'll believe it if I see it." Studies prove that people tend to trust their eyes more than their other senses. One of the duties of newspapers and television news stations is to report the truth. Pictures can be used to back up statements of fact that people may doubt.  

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phylis | Student | eNotes Newbie

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 Photographs are images of somebody,something or of a place.To begin,photographs important newspapers and television in that they help to bring out the subject matter and also to ease our understanding of the subject in question.It also enables us to actually visualise and see what is going on and it also helps us to write more if we were writting an essay.

   To conclude,if photograhs are abcent in televisions and newspapers,it makes it boring and less interesting.

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arrellbelle | Student, College Sophomore | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Photographs, at the time, when they first started to appear because an essential part of newspapers and television because at first, people knew the news because they heard it by the television or read it on the newspaper and of course, that was all people had to go by. However, when photographs started to appear, it became a source of evidence for people to understand and not question whatever they heard or read.