Technical Communicators and Digital Writing Risk Assessment

Posted: 17 May 2006

Date Written: May 2006


Both within and without organizations, technical communicators increasingly produce digital texts that are disseminated to global audiences (email, wikipedia writing, blogging, webpage authoring). Digital writing is not risk free. Writing for the web is different than writing for print. An effective technical communicator is one who is aware of, and has made an assessment of, the risk of digital writing. In order to conduct risk assessment, technical writers need increased digital-rhetorical sophistication as well as an understanding of the need to stay educated. Technical communicators, even when working in hybrid workspaces, should be accountable and responsible for their use of language.

Suggested Citation

Rife, Martine Courant, Technical Communicators and Digital Writing Risk Assessment (May 2006). Available at SSRN:

Martine Courant Rife (Contact Author)

Lansing Community College ( email )

211G Arts & Sciences
Lansing, MI 48901
United States
517/4839906 (Phone)


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