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# The Excellence in Print Journalism awards are given out every year

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The Excellence in Print Journalism awards are given out every year to the ten most outstanding examples of investigative journalism in newspapers over the previous year. Any newspaper with a subscription of over 25,000 is eligible to submit five nominees for the awards. The number of nominees submitted over the last ten years has declined every year, leading some to question whether the award is as prestigious as it once was. The sad truth, however, is that the number of nominees has declined because there just aren't as many outstanding journalists as there were just ten years ago.
Which of the following might offer the most compelling alternative explanation for the observed trend?
A. The fast-paced nature of television journalism has an unfortunate tendency to promote flashiness over substance.
B. The dean of the NYU School of Journalism stated last year that the most recent graduating class was the most talented and motivated class of journalists he had ever seen.
C. The Excellence in Print Journalism award offers no cash component or other prize of monetary value.
D. Consolidation of the media business over the last decade has led to the mergers of many previously independent newspapers.
E. The number of metropolitan areas in this country with a population of over 250,000—considered the minimum population size necessary to support a newspaper with at least 25,000 subscriptions—increased by 32 percent over the last decade.

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13 Mar 2018, 21:46
I would go with D as it strongly provides a alternate reason for downward trend in number

C is extreme as we cannot generalize everyone wants award for monetary benefit

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13 Mar 2018, 22:57
A - Does not mean that the newspapers also are flashy and non-substantive. Does not say anything about newspapers. Out of scope.

B - Does not answer why the number of nominees is reducing.

C - Extreme. Not everything is just done for the money.

D - Makes sense. Lesser number of companies. Less number of nominees.

E - It strengthens, not weakens the argument. More cities, more papers, more nominees.

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The Excellence in Print Journalism awards are given out every year to the ten most outstanding examples of investigative journalism in newspapers over the previous year. Any newspaper with a subscription of over 25,000 is eligible to submit five nominees for the awards. The number of nominees submitted over the last ten years has declined every year, leading some to question whether the award is as prestigious as it once was. The sad truth, however, is that the number of nominees has declined because there just aren't as many outstanding journalists as there were just ten years ago.
Which of the following might offer the most compelling alternative explanation for the observed trend?
A. The fast-paced nature of television journalism has an unfortunate tendency to promote flashiness over substance.
B. The dean of the NYU School of Journalism stated last year that the most recent graduating class was the most talented and motivated class of journalists he had ever seen.
C. The Excellence in Print Journalism award offers no cash component or other prize of monetary value.
D. Consolidation of the media business over the last decade has led to the mergers of many previously independent newspapers.
E. The number of metropolitan areas in this country with a population of over 250,000—considered the minimum population size necessary to support a newspaper with at least 25,000 subscriptions—increased by 32 percent over the last decade.
Re: The Excellence in Print Journalism awards are given out every year   [#permalink] 13 Mar 2018, 22:57
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