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"Society for Technical Communication to Develop Ethics Case Book"
Readers of the STC Publication, "Intercom," who look forward to reading or
responding to the Ethics Case column by John Bryan, will be excited to learn
of the STC Ethics Committee's effort to develop an Ethics Case Book. This
encompass collecting real-life ethical dilemmas in technical communication
and compiling them into a case book for use by both Society chapters and
individuals. The case book is a way of making STC members more sensitive to,
and better equipped to deal with, ethical dilemmas that can arise in their
To ensure that the documented ethics cases are useful, input from technical
communication professionals is essential. Whether you have read about a
situation surrounded by questionable ethics, or have been a participant in
one, this is an endeavor in which all members can make a contribution.
Barbara Epp of the STC Ethics Committee is spearheading this effort.
If you have an ethics-related issue that you wish to share, you may contact
BEA Systems, Inc.
385 Moffett Park Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
email: barbara -dot- epp -at- BEAsys -dot- com
Due to the sensitive nature of many ethics-related topics, origins of all
case studies, as well as the names of people involved in the ethics
cases -- both the innocent and not-so-innocent -- will remain confidential.
Respondents are encourage not to include names of individuals.
Supporting this effort are Connie Kiernan, chairperson of the STC Ethics
Committee and Larry Kunz, the Assistant to the President for Professional
Barbara will moderate the panel, "Handling Ethical Dilemmas on the Job" at
the 44th Society for Technical Communication International Conference in
Toronto. This panel, which replaces PD4I, will take place Monday, May 12
from 4:00-5:30 and will include Larry and Connie, Shirley Andersen-Hancock
and Daniel Voss, as well as former STC presidents Jeff Hibbard and David
Armbruster. Refer to your final conference program for details.
Everyone in attendance is invited to participate!