Here's a story column about avoiding academic reporting styles in live projects, getting the punchline out there first, so to speak.
Academic style (background, problem, details, then consequences) is still, I feel, necessary outside of the regular status meeting. The rigour of in-depth analysis and reporting helps projects (i.e. trains people) to make rapid decisions (reported in a journalists' inverted pyramid style) in the tussle of project work.
I still feel sorry for the bull though.