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Subject:Re: More title questions From:"Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> To:"Techwr-l" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Mon, 26 Nov 2007 14:43:18 -0800
This is not necessarily the case with technical publications
organizations. I have often hired editors who were not
previously experienced as technical writers. In these
cases the editors lack many of the skills the writing staff
possess, and would not be able to step in and do the
research and writing functions. Neither function is a
"promotion" or "graduation" from the other, they are
just different categories of contributor.
> The idea behind discussing the designations used in newspapers and
> magazines is to examine the possibility of whether these can be
> adopted in a Tech Comm set up. Janice seems to have missed a key
> point: It is the writer who graduates to the position of an editor and
> not vice-versa. So there is no confusion of roles here. For example,
> in a newspaper, the news editor ( a position somewhat similar to
> Technical editor in Tech Comm) is expected to have the ability to
> write well. But a Staff Correspondent (comparable to a Technical
> writer for our purpose) is not required to posses any editing skills.
> This is just one of the possibilities for standardizing the
> designations in Technical Communications. Janice talks about another
> possibility using the hyphenated or slashed title. I suggest we could
> go through the merits of each option to arrive at the best fit
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