The U.S. Based VOA TV journalist “Arash Sigarchi” in the picture

However, if you shift the focus of the sentence to the subject of the news conference, you end up putting the sentence in the present tense. This gives it more immediacy and makes it sound less stale. For example, “Mayor Johnson says he intends to slash local taxes by 20 percent. Johnson made the announcement at a news conference.”

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