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Integrating academics and industry: a challenge for both sides

Integrating academics and industry: a challenge for both sides Essay 33 How mutual support can enrich the profession. Integrating Academics and Industry: A Challenge for Both Sides Kristene Sutliff Department of English Southwest Missouri State University Spring eld, MO 65804 kss172f@mail.smsu.edu apidly emerging technologies are bringing radical changes and challenges to today ™s workplace, not just for our own profession but for many others as well. As society ™s information needs change, so do the roles of technical communicators. Even the questions technical communicators face are constantly evolving: Which medium to use ”and when, and how? Paper or online? Verbal or visual? Such questions were unheard of when many of us entered the profession, but they are commonplace for many practicing technical communicators today (as they certainly will be for many of today ™s university students in their careers ”and it ™s impossible to guess what other questions will be just as routine for them, questions we cannot predict because quite likely the concepts and gadgets and words involved do not yet exist). This does not lessen the importance of traditional knowledge and skills such as writing fundamentals, organization and design principles, audience analysis and adaptation, interpersonal skills, and critical thinking. As it has always been, communication http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM Journal of Computer Documentation (JCD) Association for Computing Machinery

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Publisher
Association for Computing Machinery
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 by ACM Inc.
ISSN
1527-6805
DOI
10.1145/330409.330415
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Abstract

Essay 33 How mutual support can enrich the profession. Integrating Academics and Industry: A Challenge for Both Sides Kristene Sutliff Department of English Southwest Missouri State University Spring eld, MO 65804 kss172f@mail.smsu.edu apidly emerging technologies are bringing radical changes and challenges to today ™s workplace, not just for our own profession but for many others as well. As society ™s information needs change, so do the roles of technical communicators. Even the questions technical communicators face are constantly evolving: Which medium to use ”and when, and how? Paper or online? Verbal or visual? Such questions were unheard of when many of us entered the profession, but they are commonplace for many practicing technical communicators today (as they certainly will be for many of today ™s university students in their careers ”and it ™s impossible to guess what other questions will be just as routine for them, questions we cannot predict because quite likely the concepts and gadgets and words involved do not yet exist). This does not lessen the importance of traditional knowledge and skills such as writing fundamentals, organization and design principles, audience analysis and adaptation, interpersonal skills, and critical thinking. As it has always been, communication

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ACM Journal of Computer Documentation (JCD)Association for Computing Machinery

Published: Feb 1, 2000

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