Re: TC vs TW

Subject: Re: TC vs TW
From: Beth Agnew <beth -dot- agnew -at- senecac -dot- on -dot- ca>
Date: Sun, 11 May 2008 13:42:39 -0400

Get a bunch of techwriters together, start asking them about how they
got into the profession, and you'll hear things like "I fell into it" or
"I was doing it before I knew it was this thing called technical
writing". Certainly that is not the case for everyone, but it is true of
many excellent working technical writers that I have spoken to. If the
_practitioners_ don't know the profession exists, how can we expect
employers to? As a society, we just need more PR. I think that would
help solve the dropping membership / relevancy / attendance problems.

stevefjong -at- comcast -dot- net wrote:
> | Do you really think that a professional organization can
> | persuade the unconvinced that they should hire its
> | members?
> Not its members per se, but practitioners, yes.
> | By the time someone calls me, they already know they
> | need something I can do for them or they wouldn't have
> | called me, so what I do is concentrate on determining
> | what it is they need and how I can do it for them better
> | than someone else they may have called.
> My point exactly: an individual can't create the recognition of need,
> but an association can.
> ---- Steve
> Steven Jong ("Typo? What tpyo?")
> STC Director at Large
> stevefjong -at- comcast -dot- net, 978-413-2553 [C]
> Time Zone: US Eastern (GMT-5)

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