Web content like wikipedia/instructional style - Do you write in the newsreader and eyewitness style?
2/05/2016 5:38 PM by
General web content should always be written as if read by a newsreader. It is objective and describes its content professionally. A good example of this is Wikipedia.
- Figure: Bad Example - using 1st person writing makes it sound like opinion
- Figure: Good Example - using 3rd person writing makes it sound like fact
However, when quoting a testimonial, you should use 1st person writing as if a newsreader had crossed over to an eyewitness for a personal view of the topic.
Don Bradman thought that SSW's work was fantastic!
- Figure: Bad Example - impersonal
Don Bradman says: "I thought that SSW's work was fantastic!"
- Figure: Good Example - 1st person in this context is appropriate
Do you feel this rule needs an update?