Who your audience is will have an influence on the content of the report.
As an example, you are asked to write a report investigating the use of social media in the museum sector?
Consider how the content and slant of the
report might change:
By thinking about your audience (or who will read it) the purpose should become clear.
It may also require use of definitions, and the explanation of professional terminology or jargon. In particular, when abbreviated short forms or initials are used, the full form should be given first along with the abbreviation in brackets to inform the reader. Subsequently, the abbreviation alone may be used.
Certain assignments may require the use of actual case studies to inform the discussion in a report. The real names of people should not be used in this case and it should be explained in the assignment that the names of people involved have been changed. Research studies also adhere to these rules on confidentiality. If in doubt, consult your subject tutor for guidance regarding the specifics of the assignment you are working on.