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Newspaper editors should not allow reporters to write the headlines for their own stories. The reason for this is that, while the headlines that reporters themselves write are often clever, what typically makes them clever is that they allude to little-known information that is familiar to the reporter but that never appears explicitly in the story itself.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

(A) The reporter who writes a story is usually better placed than the reporters' editor is to judge what the story's most newsworthy features are.

(B) To write a headline that is clever, a person must have sufficient understanding of the story that the headline accompanies.

(C) Most reporters rarely bother to find out how other reporters have written stories and headlines about the same events that they themselves have covered.

(D) For virtually any story that a reporter writes, there are at least a few people who know more about the story's subject matter than does the reporter.

(E) The kind of headlines that newspaper editors want are those that anyone who has read a reporter's story in its entirety will recognize as clever.
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30 May 2017, 00:11
Hi ,
My answer is wrong as per the OA given.
The argument talks about headlines which can be understood by all who have read the story .
If only reporters write the headlines then , people who will read the headlines will not consider them clever or even worse will not be able to deduce them from the story.
So editors should write the headlines

Is my reasoning correct ?
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Did not quiet understand the question and hence the answer too.

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12 Jun 2017, 11:43
Did not quiet understand the question and hence the answer too.

As per CR, reporters should not write their own headlines.
Why? Because they know intricate details that are not even mentioned in article

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Newspaper editors should not allow reporters to write the headlines for their own stories. The reason for this is that, while the headlines that reporters themselves write are often clever, what typically makes them clever is that they allude to little-known information that is familiar to the reporter but that never appears explicitly in the story itself.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

(A) The reporter who writes a story is usually better placed than the reporters' editor is to judge what the story's most newsworthy features are.

(B) To write a headline that is clever, a person must have sufficient understanding of the story that the headline accompanies.

(C) Most reporters rarely bother to find out how other reporters have written stories and headlines about the same events that they themselves have covered.

(D) For virtually any story that a reporter writes, there are at least a few people who know more about the story's subject matter than does the reporter.

(E) The kind of headlines that newspaper editors want are those that anyone who has read a reporter's story in its entirety will recognize as clever.

Summary - Reports write headlines that allude to little know details of the story => That's why editors should not allow them to write the headlines.
Strengthen - Editors might want people to read the headline and be able to relate the entire article back to the headline.

A - Weakens
B - If we assume the answer says reporters, it actually weakens the conclusion.
C - Irrelevant
D - Reporters knowledge Vs other people isn't mentioned in the argument
E - Sounds Correct as the editors want people to read the entire story and be able to relate that with the story.

E is the correct answer IMO.
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let us simplify the argument given --

Headlines that reporters write allude to little-known information that is familiar to the reporter but does not appear explicitly in the story --> Editors should not allow reporters to write the headlines for their own stories

let us take a look at the answer options given --

Option A - Incorrect

If the reporter is better placed than the editor to judge the story's most newsworthy features, then probably the editor should let the reporter decide on the headlines. This weakens the conclusion.

Option B - Incorrect

Not relevant as the argument is concerned about whether reporters should get to decide the headlines for their stories. We have no information to evaluate whether the person who will write the headline has sufficient information about the story or not. If he does not, then this weakens the argument.

Option C - Incorrect

How other reporters have written stories and headlines for the same events is not relevant to evaluating the conclusion.

Option D - Incorrect

This can either strengthen or weaken the argument. If the number of people who know more than the reporter is limited, then the argument is strengthened. However, if the number is quite high, the argument is weakened since a lot of people now can relate to the headlines. Since, this does both, it is incorrect.

If the editor wants people who have read the stories to recognize the headline as clever, there is no point in letting the reporters choose the headlines as they allude to information that does appear in the story.
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16 Jun 2017, 16:55
Did not quiet understand the question and hence the answer too.

The argument is that reporters should not write their own headlines, why? Reporters are deceitful as the headlines usually have little to do with the entire article. Hence, the fact that editors want clever headlines that someone who has read an entire article would be able to recognize (option E) should definitely be a reason to support the author's argument.

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16 Jun 2017, 17:57
the question here combine explanation and strengthen. Stated in the other way, "but" shows the contrasting connection in the premise. Ones must find an option that explains why "story" is more favorable than the "information.
A,C,D are out of scope because these discuss something that are not covered in the question.
B actually weakens the argument and it is same to D.
E is correct if ones can still check the conclusion that editors blah blah and reporters NOT headlines.

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the question here combine explanation and strengthen. Stated in the other way, "but" shows the contrasting connection in the premise. Ones must find an option that explains why "story" is more favorable than the "information.
A,C,D are out of scope because these discuss something that are not covered in the question.
B actually weakens the argument and it is same to D.
E is correct if ones can still check the conclusion that editors blah blah and reporters NOT headlines.

Hi,

What are you saying here:

E is correct if ones can still check the conclusion that editors blah blah and reporters NOT headlines.

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29 Jun 2017, 00:30
Editors want the headlines to be cleverly put in such a way that the information given in the headlines barely discuss whats given in the story. Its more like "click bait". Reporters often write clever headlines but they, at times, fail to do so.

Argument is strengthened by option E as it gives further information about how, according to editors, the readers should react upon the reading the story in its entirety.

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29 Jun 2017, 01:14
I don't understand how E strengthens the answer.

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29 Jun 2017, 06:57
saharshbagaria wrote:
I don't understand how E strengthens the answer.

As per my understanding,
The conclusion of the argument is :
Newspaper editors should not allow reporters to write the headlines for their own stories.
We need to strengthen the argument(or the conclusion, in this case)
The editor wants the reporter to write a clever headline, which must be something that the first time reader would relate to
(not something that is not part of the story as the argument states - what typically makes the headlines clever is that they
allude to little-known information that is familiar to the reporter but that never appears explicitly in the story itself
)

The kind of headlines that newspaper editors want are those that anyone who has read a reporter's story
in its entirety will recognize as clever(Option E)
is the correct answer for this reason.

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29 Jun 2017, 19:45
got my ans in 2nd attempt.

reporters should not write the headline because they may contain info not even mentioned in the article.
anyone who reads the article as a whole should find the headline clever.

e states this fact.

initially i marked c- later found that it was out of scope.
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Newspaper editors should not allow reporters to write the headlines for their own stories. The reason for this is that, while the headlines that reporters themselves write are often clever, what typically makes them clever is that they allude to little-known information that is familiar to the reporter but that never appears explicitly in the story itself.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

(A) The reporter who writes a story is usually better placed than the reporters' editor is to judge what the story's most newsworthy features are.this is a good choice but the content of the story is hwat must make the headings and not the extra information tha the writer has but has not explicitly writen in the story.

(B) To write a headline that is clever, a person must have sufficient understanding of the story that the headline accompanies.no such assumption, also it is a strengthen question not assumption.

(C) Most reporters rarely bother to find out how other reporters have written stories and headlines about the same events that they themselves have covered. out of scope

(D) For virtually any story that a reporter writes, there are at least a few people who know more about the story's subject matter than does the reporter.
the people who know more than the reporter are out of scope of the discussion because they are notdiscussed in the argument.

(E) The kind of headlines that newspaper editors want are those that anyone who has read a reporter's story in its entirety will recognize as clever.
the story should be given a headline such that the reader must get in the information convayed in the heading from the story and should not leave the reader assuming that the writer may have more information than what he wrote or then then reader would often question the appropriateness of the story.

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ganand wrote:
Newspaper editors should not allow reporters to write the headlines for their own stories. The reason for this is that, while the headlines that reporters themselves write are often clever, what typically makes them clever is that they allude to little-known information that is familiar to the reporter but that never appears explicitly in the story itself.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

(A) The reporter who writes a story is usually better placed than the reporters' editor is to judge what the story's most newsworthy features are.

(B) To write a headline that is clever, a person must have sufficient understanding of the story that the headline accompanies.

(C) Most reporters rarely bother to find out how other reporters have written stories and headlines about the same events that they themselves have covered.

(D) For virtually any story that a reporter writes, there are at least a few people who know more about the story's subject matter than does the reporter.

(E) The kind of headlines that newspaper editors want are those that anyone who has read a reporter's story in its entirety will recognize as clever.

Conclusion : Newspaper editors should not allow reporters to write the headlines for their own stories

We need to strengthen the argument .

(A) The reporter who writes a story is usually better placed than the reporters' editor is to judge what the story's most newsworthy features are.
This gives more power to reporter , hence not a strengthner

(B) To write a headline that is clever, a person must have sufficient understanding of the story that the headline accompanies.
This looks like supporting the argument , keep this

(C) Most reporters rarely bother to find out how other reporters have written stories and headlines about the same events that they themselves have covered.
Out of scope. talking about other reporters

(D) For virtually any story that a reporter writes, there are at least a few people who know more about the story's subject matter than does the reporter.

(E) The kind of headlines that newspaper editors want are those that anyone who has read a reporter's story in its entirety will recognize as clever.
This looks like supporting the argument , keep this

Between B and E, E is better than B as B mandates that reporter should have enough understanding of the story to write a clever headline, whereas E summarizes that even though reporter does not have enough information about the story , but his headline should make sense with the story he has written.
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23 Jul 2017, 23:50
hello experts
my concern is what is the inference of word " clever" here used multiple times in the argument and in the correct answer choice."while they are clever , what makes them clever is" couldn't understand the phrase"

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my concern is what is the inference of word " clever" here used multiple times in the argument and in the correct answer choice."while they are clever , what makes them clever is" couldn't understand the phrase"

Ok what makes them clever?
If you write explicitly in the headlines say " an earthquake at xyz place killed 8 people" this explained headlines gives a clear information and most of the people wont be interested in reading the whole story. A clever reporter wont write such explicit info in the headline cuz he/she wants he reader to read the whole story
argument says that editor should not let reporter to write a headline because reporter knows the story. The right choice says that editor wants a kind of headline that doesn't give the whole information to the reader and so for that a clever reporter is a must.
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24 Jul 2017, 03:49
still not clear with the premise why reporter not be allowed to write headlines.Can someone clarify clearly what premise is saying.Could not understand the contrast in premise.Also how option E strenthens.I wonder word " clever" makes me lost i the argument and answer choice

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24 Jul 2017, 03:57
sidagar wrote:
still not clear with the premise why reporter not be allowed to write headlines.Can someone clarify clearly what premise is saying.Could not understand the contrast in premise.Also how option E strenthens.I wonder word " clever" makes me lost i the argument and answer choice

Hi Sidagar,
Can you share your understanding of the argument so that one of us can see what you understand, and help you better ?

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