Report writing is about producing a concise document that is written for a particular purpose and audience. It sets out and analyses a situation or problem and then goes on to make recommendations for future action. As a factual paper it should be written in plain English and structured in a way that is easy to follow.

The style of the report will depend on its objectives. Some documents are meant more for professional development than a specific call to action.

Journalists are often asked to write reports because of their similarity to articles. They require research, interviewing, good writing and editing skills.

Follow the links below to see some reports I’ve worked on.

Foundations for the future: a councillor’s guide to strategic housing 

Someone to watch over me: stories from the National Councillor Mentoring Programme 

Talking about end of life care: right conversations, right people, right time 

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