Author Archives: Beth Agnew

Teaching Professionalism

I was asked how it is possible to instill professional identity into technical writers. My response was that professionalism can indeed be taught, and we do that very thing here in the Seneca Tech Comm program. Simple things such as … Continue reading

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Gadget Junkie Heaven

If you were the kid who took all her toys apart to see how they worked… If you love to browse the tools, products, and gadgets in every Big Box store you see… If your version of the ideal present … Continue reading

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We Speak Geek

Technical communicators are the people to call when you have complex technical information that needs to be communicated to people who are non-technical. We are also the people to call when the information is dense and hard to understand, even … Continue reading

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No Gender Bias

Technical Communication is a profession that is practiced equally well by women and men. For many women working as technical writers in the ’60s and ’70s, our entrée into some male-dominated high tech fields came through the door of technical … Continue reading

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Dependencies: The Bane of Efficiency

Students in the Technical Communication program learn how to manage their documentation projects. I’m fond of drawing the parallel between the Software (or Product) Development Life Cycle and the Document Development Life Cycle. They both have the same phases. The … Continue reading

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Pretty but Useless

Usually when companies need web sites designed, they call a designer. It’s no wonder — they are thinking about the look of the site and how it will represent them and their brand. But more important than the look and … Continue reading

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STC Awards

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) is the professional organization that represents technical communicators around the world. There are annual publication competitions, as well as other opportunities for recognition of the work that groups, individuals, and chapters do on behalf … Continue reading

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Writing for Effect

There’s a prevailing notion that unless you are writing fiction or poetry, writing is not that hard. After all, we can speak the language, so being able to write in it shouldn’t be any more difficult than just having a … Continue reading

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Ages of Thought

Eight years into the 21st century we are still burdened by corporations, organizations, institutions, and cultures that remain firmly entrenched in Industrial Age thinking. Not only has the Information Age been around for at least 25 years now, but we … Continue reading

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Learning to be a Technical Communicator

Few careers for writers pay as well, or provide as much ongoing challenge and satisfaction, as the profession of technical communication. It is not unusual for an experienced technical communicator to make close to $100K per year, depending on the … Continue reading

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