Reporting

When we want to explain ourselves we tell stories, and in academic writing when we want to share what others have said we report on them.

Report Structures

Telling Stories

When we want to explain we mix facts and information with story lines that are meaningful, engaging, and worth repeating

They Say / I Say

In many contexts, foregrounding your voice and opinion is central to the creation of a compelling narrative, an argument, and in particular the ethos of a thoughtful observer — someone who is trying honestly to account for all sides and is making a reasoned argument — as you will find in They Say / I Say

  • “While I agree with points A and B, I do not believe …
  • “Although Jones …, I would suggest that …
  • “… Therefore, it can be stated that …
  • “All articles reviewed emphasized the importance of A …