Reporter style writing versus technical writing

Subject: Reporter style writing versus technical writing
From: Debbie Hemstreet <D_Hemstreet -at- rambam -dot- health -dot- gov -dot- il>
To: "Techwr-l (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:09:27 +0000

Hi All,

I am looking at a style of writing in a "press release" that is written with "have been"
"had done" and it is driving me mad. For example:

"The families have recently spent time with"

Instead of "The families recently spent time with..."

Is there a right or wrong here?

I personally think it makes everything verbose and heavy, also, throughout, children are referred to as "kids"... I hate calling children kids like they are a bunch of goats to be herded...

What do you think?

Deborah




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