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Single Sourcing and the Technical Communication Career Path

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This article first considers the craftsman model as it applies to current writing methods. Next, it looks at how effective design and development in a single-sourcing environment conflict with the craftsman model. Then, as a way of avoiding those conflicts and meeting the call for specialization, it examines the technical communication career path and how it may require redefining the junior and senior writer. Finally, it considers some implications of those career path changes. By distinguishing clear roles for junior and senior technical communicators, with most of the specialization occurring at the senior level, the profession can both encourage professional development and raise overall professional status within organizations.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 August 2003

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  • Technical Communication, the Society's journal, publishes articles about the practical application of technical communication theory and serves as a common arena for discussion by practitioners. Technical Communication includes both quantitative and qualitative research while showcasing the work of some of the field's most noteworthy writers. Among its most popular features are the helpful book reviews. Technical Communication is published quarterly and is free with membership.
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