RE: Tech Writer/Documentation Specialist

Subject: RE: Tech Writer/Documentation Specialist
From: "Spreadbury, David C." <David -dot- Spreadbury -at- marconi -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2003 14:11:05 -0400


What about Information Developer? Two years ago I was a Technical Writer. I
transferred to another division, in the same company, and now I am an
Information Developer. Same job and responsibilities, different title.

The only confusing this I have run into is searching job sites. You have to
run each title to see all related positions that might be open.

-----Original Message-----
From: Anita Legsdin [mailto:anita -dot- legsdin -at- watchmark -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2003 1:05 PM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: RE: Tech Writer/Documentation Specialist



So, no one has yet mentioned "Information Architect"? That's a new title
being bandied about lately. I'm sure a half dozen people will reply "oh,
that's something TOTALLY different!" Information Architect sounds, on
the surface, more impressive than Documentation Specialist, but I
suspect that very soon "architect" will be used as a verb, just like
"author" is now. Eccchhhhh!

(In case you didn't deduce, I'm with Robert. Are these titles devised by
non-writers?)

Anita Legsdin
Sr. Technical Writer
WatchMark
(425) 564-8135


> -----Original Message-----
<snip>
> My advice is to forget about "Documentation Specialist" and other
> puffy
> titles. Think about ditching the word "Technical." The single word,
> "Writer," is a great job title. "Senior Writer" may not be an
> improvement.
> "Editor" is also cool. "Managing Editor" is even better.
>
> As many people have mentioned, no one outside the tech pubs biz knows
> what a
> "Documentation Specialist" is, and even we don't agree. Similarly,
> many
> people inside the high-tech industry are confused about what a "Tech
> Writer"
> is. But pare it down to "Writer," and people become very respectful.
>
> -- Robert
>

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