RE: "Tech writers" are not "tech writers"

Subject: RE: "Tech writers" are not "tech writers"
From: Chris Borokowski <athloi -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: 'techwr-l' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 08:01:54 -0700 (PDT)

--- Lauren <lt34 -at- csus -dot- edu> wrote:

> Ahh, the inspiration. How 'bout expanding the last one a little,
> "Human
> Interface Heuristics Techno-Symbolic Synthesis Translator"? Or
> reducing it
> to "Techcomm," prounced like Beckham.

I like the latter suggestion. We're techcomms (tekoms?) who have such
an integral role we are awarded a short, simple name.

> Personally, I am not a fan of using the term "Technical Communicator"
> when
> the discipline focuses on writing because "Communicator" implies
> other forms
> of communication, like lectures. I won't do that.

I'm thinking more of other forms of communication, like explaining what
we do to employers.

> There are also different levels of Technical Writer, for example, a
> TW I
> will perform basic TW tasks with supervision, while a TW IV will
> perform
> advanced tasks without supervision and may even supervise others.
> Additionally, there is the role Senior Technical Writer. How does
> Sr. TW
> differ from TC?

Like everything else, there's grades of ability. I think mostly it has
to deal with how much of any project they can plan and execute without
technical writing | consulting | development

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