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CFP: IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication Special Issue on Plain Language (2017)

Documentation for the general public from government entities, as well as medical, financial, and legal service providers, is often difficult for consumers to understand and follow. Such poorly prepared documents diminish consumers’ abilities to make informed decisions about their health, rights, and finances. These documents create problems for both the users and producers of the documents. With the ease of accessing documents online, organizations face increasing pressure to create effective content appropriate for broad audiences.

Plain language offers an approach to language and design for producing easily accessible and readable public documents. Among other suggestions, plain-language advocates suggest reducing jargon, writing shorter sentences, and providing clear section headings. However, the plain-language movement faces two potential challenges to wider acceptance. First, many professional communicators may not be familiar with the range of guidelines, with relevant federal and national regulations, or with specific details of the approach. Second, the guidelines themselves are often open to interpretation and in some ways oversimplify complexities of communication with multiple audiences and across different media.
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Debbie Davy on a Strategic Communication Framework for Technical Communication

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A systematic process can significantly improve your communication practices and outcomes, especially in technical communication contexts. In this video, Debbie Davy briefly outlines the need for and describes her Strategic Communication Framework. … [Continue reading]

Extension for ProComm 2016 Proposals

The deadline for submitting proposals to ProComm 2016, the annual conference of the IEEE Professional Communication Society, has been extended to: Monday, February 8, 2016. You may submit your proposal of 350-700 words … [Continue reading]

Making Academic Change Happen Workshop 2016: Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN


Applications are now being accepted for the Making Academic Change Happen Workshop 2016, June 8-10, on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN.  MACH is a great opportunity to develop the skills needed to design and deploy … [Continue reading]

Position Announcement Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

The IEEE Professional Communication Society (PCS) is seeking applications from qualified individuals to become the next Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. The new EIC will begin his or her tenure on 1 July … [Continue reading]