By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
According to Ross Investigators' Senior Executive Editor, Joanne Lu,, writing a report for a private investigator, "is communicating all of the most relevant details in a concise way that really has the best in mind for the client, meaning the personal injury lawyer and their client."
Ross Investigators now has a team of two editors working to ensure, as Lu puts it, "language and formatting communicate a certain level of professionalism." The challenge is how to "paint a comprehensive picture without obscuring details." One way Lu meets this challenge is by retrospectively asking, "have we provided enough details or have we obscured what's really useful by providing too much detail?"
Because they don't get to talk to the Client's Client (the CC) and know what they're looking at is second hand, Lu and her team "are trying to laser focus on what's really helpful." Ultimately Lu wants to properly represent the quality of work the Ross Investigators team does in the field.
If your own report writing skills could use a tune up, you're in luck. June's PPIAC Training Meeting, which takes place Wednesday, June 06, 2018 at 6:30 PM, MDT at CB & Pott's in Greenwood Village, Colorado. The trainer is John Morris of EVCO LLC which is based in Greely, Colorado. Social hour begins at 6:00.
By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blog
The Associated Press Stylebook removed their entry for the word, "collision" and the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) whimsically inferred it to mean that the 65-year-old style English grammar style and usage guide (regarded as the gold-standard of news writing for people in journalism industry) had altered the laws of physics.
The annual updates to the AP style guide were announced last month and CJR reporter, Merrill Perlman, reporting from the 22nd annual American Copy Editors Society (ACES) conference in Chicago, shared the news almost immediately.
Following up on the announcement, I spoke with Director of Media Relations, Lauren Easton who responded: "There is no AP definition of “collision.” There was previously an AP Stylebook entry on collision, but we removed it and noted that we were doing so: collide, collision The previous entry has been dropped."
Still worth noting is that fact that the previous AP definition of collision --the one that requires two bodies in motion to collide-- was dropped.
Could a creative Colorado attorney claim that a client's client's collision insurance is applicable even if the CC was flattened by a locomotive because witnesses claim that they stopped and stood still in order to take a Western themed selfie in front of a moving locomotive?
We'll leave that question to people with law degrees, personal injury and insurance claims litigation to sort out.
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