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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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Step 1: Identify the Question

The words most strengthens in the question indicate that this is a Strengthen the Argument question.

Step 2: Deconstruct the Argument

© Ed shouldn’t let reporters write own HL

Clever HL have info not in story

Step 3: Pause and State the Goal

On Strengthen questions, the goal is to find an answer that will make the conclusion more likely. In this case, you are looking to support the idea that reporters should not write headlines for their own stories.

Step 4: Work from Wrong to Right

(A) This answer weakens the argument, suggesting that the reporter who wrote the story would be in a better position to write the headline because he knows what is newsworthy in the story.

(B) This information weakens the conclusion. A reporter is very likely to have sufficient understanding of the story, so he would be able to write the headline.

(C) It is unclear if this information relates to whether reporters should write their own headlines. Research about other reporters’ methods might help a reporter if those methods were better, but could also hurt story and headline quality if the other reporters also made errors, such as writing headlines that were too clever.

(D) In the context of this argument, knowledge about the story is actually bad because it results in writing headlines that include information not in the story. This answer suggests that people beyond the reporter may actually have this problem as well. If anything, this answer slightly weakens the argument because it suggests that even if a reporter does not write his own headline, the headline could still suffer the same problems if the person chosen to write it knows too much.

(E) CORRECT. The argument states that reporters write headlines with information not in the story. Although you might have recognized the problem with this type of headline (how would the average reader see it was clever or understand?), it is not clearly stated that this type of a headline is a problem. Maybe newspapers like having such headlines to attract clever readers or encourage readers to think more deeply about the subject. This answer establishes that the kind of headlines reporters were writing are, in fact, not desired, at least from the perspective of the editor, supporting the idea that the reporters should not write their own headlines.

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The headlines newspaper reporters write for their own stories are often clever only because they allude to little-known information that never appears explicitly in the stories themselves.

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What would most help the argument support the conclusion that newspaper editors should not allow reporters to write headlines for their own stories? The argument's only explicit premise is that the headlines newspaper reporters write for their own stories are often clever only because they allude to little-known information that never appears explicitly in the stories themselves. In order for this premise to support the conclusion that newspaper editors should not allow reporters to write their own headlines, it would be helpful to be given a reason why editors should avoid headlines alluding to such little-known information.

(A) This suggests that reporters are likely to write better headlines for their stories than editors are, so it weakens the argument that editors should not allow reporters to write their own headlines.

(B) Since a reporter who wrote a story is likely to understand that story well, this does not provide a reason why editors should not allow reporters to write their own headlines.

(C) If most reporters did what is suggested, they could perhaps hone their headline-writing skills—unless almost all reporters are weak in such skills, as suggested in the given information. The fact that they do not bother to do so may help explain why reporters' headline-writing skills are weak. An explanation of why this is so does not provide additional support for the argument's conclusion.

(D) The people who know more about a story's subject matter than the reporter writing the story might be just as likely to see the cleverness of allusions to little-known information as the reporters are. So, to the extent that this is relevant at all, it slightly weakens the argument by suggesting that obscurely clever headlines sometimes function as intended.

(E) Correct. The argument's explicit premise suggests that typically a reporter's headline for his or her own story cannot be recognized as clever by a reader who has read the whole story. So, if editors want headlines that anyone who has read the accompanying stories would recognize as clever, they have a reason not to let reporters write the headlines.
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here is my analysis

conclusion : editors should not allow reporters to write headlines

premise:even though headlines reporters write are clever , what typically makes them clever - lost as could not understand the meaning

would appreciate your analysis.Also is this from official guide 2018

The headlines that reporters themselves write are often clever. However, the headlines are only clever because they refer to little-known information that is familiar to the reporter. If that information is little-known AND if the reporter does not mention that information in the story, then we can infer that most readers will not know that information and thus will not appreciate the clever headlines.

Imagine that a physicist were to give a lecture to a classroom of students at a university. During the lecture, the physicist makes several jokes that would only be funny to someone working in the physicist's laboratory. Sure, the jokes might be funny, but none of the students would understand or appreciate the humor.

Similarly, the headlines written by the reporters are often clever, but most of the readers cannot understand or appreciate why they are clever even after reading the story. In other words, unless you happen to know the "little-known information" that the reporter knows, you will not recognize the headline as clever, even after reading the entire story.

Thus, if newspapers editors prefer headlines that can be recognized as clever by anyone who has read the story in its entirety (choice (E)), then newspaper editors should not allow reporters to write the headlines for their own stories.
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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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Hi ,
Please provide official explanation .
My answer is wrong as per the OA given.
On second reading i got the answer.
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.

Can somebody please explain.
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Did not quiet understand the question and hence the answer too.

Can somebody please explain.


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

Answer E strengthens it by adding additional reason to support that reporters should not write their own headlines.
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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.

Option E - Correct answer

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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Did not quiet understand the question and hence the answer too.

Can somebody please explain.


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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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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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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I don't understand how E strengthens the answer.
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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
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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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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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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.
No talk about the headline, so Out of scope.

(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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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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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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