Technical Editing SIG Charter




Mission

The Technical Editing SIG fosters excellence in technical communication by advancing technical editing skills through the sharing of information, experience, and professional support.

Goals, strategies, and programs

  • To serve as the first resource on questions of editing for all STC members
    • Increase SIG member participation in the electronic discussion list
      • Create a program to encourage each SIG member who is currently enrolled in the discussion group to extend a personal invitation to another SIG member
      • Solicit an article for Corrigo that describes the benefits of participating in the electronic discussion list
      • Implement a “Share the Wealth” program In which the SIG polls its listserv participants for useful tips Distribute the tips (compliments of the TE SIG) to the various newsletter editors in the Society and display it on the SIG Web site…maybe arrange to have it displayed on the Society’s homepage for a set amount of time.
    • Develop the SIG Web site as a resource for answers to questions
      • Provide a comprehensive, categorized, annotated list of professional resources, both print and online
      • Develop a Web-based knowledge database that users can reference to seek answers to technical-editing questions.
      • Develop resources or lists of useful links for authors whose first language is something other than English.
    • Help members to stay up-to-date on technical editing trends and techniques
      • Solicit reviews of current books and periodicals that focus on technical editing
  • To build a substantial presence for editors and editing concerns within the Society
    • Increase the visibility of editors at the annual conference
      • Ensure that each annual conference program includes sessions of special interest to editors—preferably sessions for novice editors and for experienced editors.
      • Prepare a flyer for distribution at each conference that describes SIG services and lists the editing sessions available at the conference
    • Increase awareness within STC about the value that editing can add to all forms of technical communication
      • Prepare a flyer that describes the time/cost/quality benefits of calling upon professional editors
      • Develop a “publicity campaign” to widely distribute the flyer and other editing promotional material among STC members
    • Encourage SIG members to contribute to Intercom and Technical Communication
      • Develop a program to stimulate ideas for articles and mentor SIG contributors through the process of developing their ideas into articles
      • Investigate possibility of having SIG members serve as “guest editors”
  • To serve all of the segments of the technical editing community with specialized programs tailored to their professional needs
    • Increase familiarity with the various segments and how they are represented within the SIG
      • Conduct a survey to identify the segments
      • Within identified segments, poll members regarding specific professional needs
    • Develop programs tailored to specific segment needs
      • Hold periodic online forums that focus on particular aspects of technical editing
      • Holding periodic online seminars with guest speakers who are experts in particular areas of technical editing
      • Developing programs to establish and foster relationships among editors who work in the same subject matter
  • To be a leader in educating business, industry, academia, publishing, and other technical communicators about the value that editing can add to all forms of technical communication
    • Communicate the quantitative and qualitative value of technical editing through professional communication channels and media directed towards executive-level and mid-level managers
      • Establish a PR committee to investigate these channels and how to use them to deliver our message
      • Post any materials developed by this group on the TE SIG Web site so that members can link to it from their own Web sites.
    • Enhance the presence of STC in professional organizations through various forms of contact
  • To help technical editors ally themselves with their corporate or business strategies to demonstrate the value they bring to their enterprises or clients
    • Devise ways to quantify the value that editing can provide
      • Establish a project to brainstorm, conduct literature searches, and survey members, clients and employers
      • Develop a concise summary statement of value suitable for marketing purposes that members can use to develop themselves and their careers
    • Provide examples of ways that editors have been able to break out of the “grammar checker” role to serve as inspiration for members
      • Solicit stories from members about their experiences along these lines.
      • Encourage members to share their stories on the electronic discussion list
      • Establish a regular feature in Corrigo for sharing member stories
  • To help technical editors to thrive professionally and financially
    • Educate members on the use of traditional and progressive technical-editing tools and methods
      • Encourage the development of conference sessions
      • Solicit articles for Corrigo
      • Encourage the development of telephone/Web seminars
      • Construct various media channels to disseminate professional information and knowledge
    • Help members to learn about employment opportunities.
      • Develop an e-mail newsletter that compiles current job and project leads
    • Help members with career development
      • Publicize findings regarding segments to provide members with ideas for possible career directions
      • Develop a mentoring program for new technical editors
      • Support the development of professionally related university degrees
      • Foster relationships between technical-editing students and STC
      • Provide scholarships to technical-editing students
      • Establish a program for assisting geographic communities to establish local TE meetings for sharing information and networking


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