Re: What about Technical Writer vs Communicator?

Subject: Re: What about Technical Writer vs Communicator?
From: Beth Agnew <beth -dot- agnew -at- senecac -dot- on -dot- ca>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 05 May 2008 15:50:18 -0400

There's much good discussion about this topic, even when we don't agree.
We are fortunate that our profession allows us to go as narrow or broad
as we personally feel comfortable with. I agree with Deborah that if the
STC engaged in educating the public and employers about all our many
capabilities and potentials, we'd have far greater choice in the jobs we
might be offered. When it comes to salary, the bottom line is that if
your job is perceived as encompassing more responsible duties such as
project management and interdepartmental co-operation, you are going to
command a higher salary than if they think you just sit in your cubicle
and turn out work. But there's nothing at all wrong with that if you're
happy doing so.

The writing part of our job comes after we've carried out a great deal
of communication to get the information we will then process. And when
we're finished writing, that sets in motion more communication on the
audience side. I like the point that we deal in "non-fiction prose" pure
and simple. Other types of writers and communicators have different
agendas for their writing -- selling the corporate spin, making an
impression, catering to regulatory bodies, etc., but our common traits
are clarity and understanding. We do that better than anyone else, and
heaven knows the world needs more of it.

The only thing better than being a technical communicator is being an
educator as well. Two dream jobs in one package -- no wonder I'm having
such a good time!
--Beth

Beth Agnew, Professor
Co-ordinator, Technical Communication Program
Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
Toronto, ON.


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