Tech writing saves journalism

Subject: Tech writing saves journalism
From: "Fetzner, Bill" <BFetzner -at- amsuper -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 25 May 2006 14:35:27 -0400

David Durbin writes: <<Anyway, with abject apathy comes little need for the
media to be totally truthful, objective, or comprehensive in reporting

To bring this back to the main focus of this list, technical writing, could
we make such a statement about technical writers today? Let's suppose that
there's a parallel between "the media" and the body of profession writers,
like those on this list, who are in the forefront of their respective
fields. If it's true that many professional journalists have lost their
truthful, balanced way, is there any evidence of that level of disregard
among professional technical writers? Is it fair to blame readers for poor
writing or for lowered standards of professional conduct? Should technical
writing be taught in J-schools to raise the standards and practices?
~ Bill

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