RE: tool nonsense (gearing up to be a tech writer)

Subject: RE: tool nonsense (gearing up to be a tech writer)
From: Jim Shaeffer <jims -at- spsi -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 11:33:33 -0400

Ah, but will abandoning "super secretary" mean being seen as a "junior
designer" rather than as a senior "tech writer". To "help design the
final product" seems to be a worthwhile goal, but as a job description
it obscures our role and does not define the special benefits that we
bring to a team. (Or are such special benefits a chimera?<vbg>)

Jim Shaeffer (jims -at- spsi -dot- com)

-----Original Message-----
From: Christensen, Kent [mailto:lkchris -at- sandia -dot- gov]

As professional tech writers I suggest we continue strongly with the notion
we are on the team to help design the final product. <snip> Do the schools
work with the engineering or computing departments to "design" products in
conjunction with tech writers as classroom or laboratory simulations? Who
do all those researchers use? And, I should think that something like STC
might put more effort into "customer education" and even improving the
schools than toward certification--that is, into promoting the profession by
better characterizing it as something more than super secretary. <snip>


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