30 Days: Passive Voices

3 Nov

Passive voice sentences, the vane of my writing existence.

Passive Voices (Otherwise know as the massive PV written on my papers) signal that writing was confusing, or that the sentence could be stronger and shorter. After all journalists are always concerned with the word count, because of how many characters can make it on a page. While during my journalism class today we discussed passive sentences, and ways to become better writes and communicate ideas better.

So instead of:

My beef jerky were stolen by someone yesterday.

It would read:

Someone stole my beef jerky yesterday.

See it’s a lot cleaner, and easier to read. While doing this activity with classmates I couldn’t help but think maybe as agriculturists we are using passive voices. Sure, we are passionate about what we do, and yes we do like to share what we know about agriculture. However is something getting lost in the message? Are we having trouble speaking to consumers clearly or communicating effectively? If the answer to these questions is yes, then what will we do to solve these problems?

Here is some possible solutions for elimating passive voices:

  • Be understanding about common misconceptions; however don’t be afraid to correct them
  • Make sure each message has a clear objective (aka meaning)
  • Be informed, that is our strongest weapon

Every day a college agriculture student faces questions about their major. Whether it is easy questions like asking why beef cows and dairy cows look so different, or a tough one such as wondering what our positions are on current ethical problems. One of the best practices to help eliminate the current stigma around agriculture is to answer questions, because after all knowledge is power.

Here is a list of great people who are working to remove the passive voices from agriculture:

Be sure to read the rest of the 30 Days of Ag bloggers:

Have a great week everyone,

Kristen

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