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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Issue 4 • Date Dec. 1982

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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 1
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  • Preface

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):170 - 171
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    WHO is the nonspecialist? We all are — except in that narrow band of the technology spectrum where we earn our living. For example, how much do you know about genetic engineering? nuclear reactors? computer programming? black holes? the greenhouse effect? interferon? cloning? Your peers, your boss, and your neighbors are probably nonspecialists where your work is concerned. View full abstract»

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  • Idea clarification

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):172 - 174
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    If one's ideas register clearly with listeners, the primary goal of speaking has been realized. Guided by selected principles of learning, a speaker can plan the content of his message so that listeners can more completely understand the intended meaning. In this discussion, the providing of idea clarification is correlated with the promoting of learning for listeners. Ten principles of learning a... View full abstract»

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  • Information structuring: Relating old and new knowledge

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):175 - 177
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    By carefully applying the principle of information structuring, writers can explain difficult concepts to nonspecialist readers. Information structuring refers to the way pieces of information are related to allow readers to gain a clear understanding of the new knowledge that the writer is trying to explain. This structure allows writers to explain new ideas and concepts by comparing them to know... View full abstract»

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  • The language of robotics: Use and abuse of personification

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):178 - 181
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    Many writers in the robotics field personify robots. By “humanizing” these computer-controlled machines, they attempt to make a difficult and potent technology understandable to potential users in labor and management. However, the comparison of robots to humans has often made the technology fearful to would-be users. By judiciously using personification and by becoming aware of the ... View full abstract»

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  • A method for translating technical to nontechnical prose

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):182 - 185
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    To translate technical language for professionals into ordinary language for lay readers, we developed a five-step method: (1) Standardize the technical language; (2) produce a nontechnical version; (3) test the nontechnical version with lay readers to determine where the translation was unsuccessful; (4) determine the reading-grade level of the translation; and (5) statistically correlate the acc... View full abstract»

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  • Science and technology for a general audience: The personal essay

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):186 - 188
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    To increase general readers' understanding and sympathy for scientific and technical subject matter, authors need a literary form that allows the material to be effectively related to common human experience. The imposing formality of scientific papers and technical reports must yield to the organic form and rhetorical richness of the personal essay. Stephen Jay Gould's essay “Of Bamboos, C... View full abstract»

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  • Writing with verve

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):189 - 191
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    To effectively communicate with lay audiences, it is helpful to use verve — enthusiasm and energy for an idea. We can add verve to technical writing and attract audiences by using intriguing titles and good beginning sentences. We can hold an audience's attention with colorful, interesting opening paragraphs. We can communicate by using analogies, using colorful words and phrases, using ill... View full abstract»

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  • Beyond the technical journals

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):192 - 195
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    Engineers and scientists can benefit by writing articles for the nontechnical media, submitting article ideas to news media editors, and appearing on radio and TV talk shows. This paper provides an overview of the media market, focusing on the publications that are interested in contributions from engineers and scientists. It discusses how to develop story ideas, contact editors, and work with pro... View full abstract»

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  • A question of accuracy

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):196 - 199
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    Many engineers and scientists condemn the inaccuracy of media coverage of science and technology but have never really pinned down what they mean by “inaccuracy.” This article examines research that assesses the accuracy of mass media science reporting. The author also gleans from the research ways in which engineers and scientists can improve the chance of getting their information ... View full abstract»

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  • How engineers can help educate the public

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):199 - 201
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    In making speeches or dealing with news media, engineers will be effective to the extent their language is understandable. Skill in avoiding the use of jargon can be developed with practice. Opportunities to talk to teachers are easily created and are especially valuable because of the teacher-student multiplier effect. A dual goal in public speaking is to tell the audience how you feel on an issu... View full abstract»

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  • When you have to get up and speak

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):202 - 203
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    The need for more effective presentations has prompted one large corporation to offer a two-day course for all its new technical employees. Communication techniques are presented with emphasis on knowing the audience and tailoring the presentation accordingly. Suggestions are offered for typical problems such as (1) handling nervousness, (2) organizing the speech, (3) deciding whether to use visua... View full abstract»

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  • Other papers: Eight steps to better newsletters

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):204 - 210
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    To the new or prospective editor, publishing a professional society newsletter can seem a formidable task. It need not be, however, with proper planning and organization. This paper describes a systematic approach to editing: (1) analyzing the editing task and assessing current publications; (2) considering costs and production alternatives; (3) formulating publication goals and an editorial philo... View full abstract»

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  • A bibliography of writings on writing

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):211 - 219
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    This bibliography contains a list of books, journal articles, and other works that should be useful to writers and editors. The 261 references are in three sections — general, business, and technical writing — and range from 1953 through 1981. The entries in each section are alphabetical by author and, if an author published more than one item, chronological by date of publication. View full abstract»

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  • Your business writing affects your success

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):220 - 221
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    Four keys to good writing are (1) plan and outline (2) consider the reader, (3) use short sentences and simple words, and (4) be critical of your writing. In the planning stage you should not hurry, Once an outline is written, you should put it aside for at least a few hours — after which the writing will be easier than anticipated. In considering the reader you must remember that readers a... View full abstract»

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  • Can you afford not to communicate effectively?

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 222
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  • Call for papers special issue: Technical documentation programs

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 223
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  • Information for authors and readers of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 224
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  • 1982 Index IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication Vol. PC-25

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):1 - 4
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The IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to applied research on professional communication--including but not limited to technical and business communication. It has been published since 1957 by the Professional Communication Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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George F. Hayhoe
Mercer University School of Eng.