TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:Re: Journalism and technical communication From:Sue Stewart <suepstewrt -at- AOL -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 3 Mar 1994 10:54:56 EST
Based on my own background -- degrees in both English and Journalism -- I
feel Journalism training is a far better background for the technical
writing. Journalism, like TW, is focused on *communication,* as opposed to
the esthetics of language. Journalism values brevity and clarity, important
features of TW which are much less important in the English department. J*
and TW could share the motto, "D*** the BS, full speed ahead!" Get the job
done, never mind the philosophy.
Now, before the flame throwers come out of their holsters, I'm not knocking
in-depth analytical writing, thematic appreciation, or any of the other
wonderful forms of expression that come out of the English department.
Everything has its place; I don't read the Microsoft Word manual for
pleasure, and I don't read Faulkner to develop technical skills.