RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken

Subject: RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken
From: David Hailey <david -dot- hailey -at- usu -dot- edu>
To: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 14 May 2008 09:00:53 -0600

Gene says:
"technical writers in the real world need to be able to be capable of the same end-to-end functions of their
profession as well."

I find this somewhat amazing. All along, I have been saying that in the real world what we need to do is be communicators and not just writers. I have said again and again, it doesn't matter what we call ourselves, but it matters what we do.

You suggest somehow I am wrong, then write an argument that supports me, but say you want to call the people who do technical communication, "technical writers." Call them anything you like as long as in the real world they are technical communicators.

As an aside, my path to technical communication was graphic artist, art director, publications coordinator, managing editor/technical writer (including documentation), innovations editor, training developer, and educator. I have been in, and remain in the real world.

Dave
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References:
RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken: From: Michael West
RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken: From: Dan Goldstein
RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken: From: David Hailey
Re: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken: From: Gene Kim-Eng

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