Presentation on theme: "1 Ethical Issues for Professional Communicators For use with Technical Editing, 4 th ed."— Presentation transcript:
1 Ethical Issues for Professional Communicators For use with Technical Editing, 4 th ed.
2 Overview The basis of ethics Categories of ethical decision making for editors safety of users intellectual property codes of conduct contracts environmental ethics
3 The basis of ethical controversies expediency, profit, convenience versus the common good People agree to work for the common good because they can benefit as well.
4 Categories of ethical decision making Safety of users, access Intellectual property Professional ethics Employer/employee ethics Environmental ethics
5 Stakeholders and priorities Users: safety, access, quality, ease of use Clients: economy, time to produce, marketability, quality, safety Employer: ability to do business Profession: reputation, fair wages Environment: safety, health
6 Users, safety Responsibility to users Self-interest: Get the job done quickly, without conflict versus Common good: Allow users to thrive
7 Users, safety Responsibility to users Safety issues, warnings Access/fairness issues disability gender, race, ethnic group Quality of products: efficient use, breakdowns
8 2. Intellectual property Intellectual property Creative work: publications, inventions, art, music, computer programs Can be owned, sold—and stolen— like any “real” property
9 2. Intellectual property Benefits of protections The world benefits from creativity. Inventors, writers, and other creative people need incentive to create. (copyright, patents)
10 2. Intellectual property Copyright http://www.copyright.gov http://www.copyright.gov Protects all expression as soon as it is fixed, including student papersclient lists photographstrade secrets material on the webemail Permission to use must be written
11 2. Intellectual property A copyright conflict: example Copy someone else’s manual. OR Write your own or pay for the other manual.
12 2. Intellectual property Cyberspace “Deep link” to information, bypassing the opening pages with advertisements. OR Link to the first page.
13 2. Intellectual property Cyberspace Copy source code for a website. OR Write your own.
14 3. Professional ethics Professional ethics Defined in “codes” of conduct STC Ethical Principles: http://www.stc.org/ethical.asp legality honesty confidentiality quality fairness professionalism
15 3. Professional ethics Codes of conduct in TC Competent and responsible performance of duties accurate and complete information readable, accessible, clear information warnings Loyalty to the profession (e.g., avoid unfair competition with other professionals)
16 4. Employer-employee ethics Contractual relationship Theft (of property, client lists, trade secrets, product information) It is unethical and illegal to take a job with another employer and reveal secrets of a previous employer. Conflict of interest Favoritism prohibits
17 5. Environmental ethics Environmental ethics Use resources responsibly (for the common good). paper, ink, plastic wraps, electricity Help clients understand the environmental consequences of their choices.
18 Applications to editing Editors work with technology that may present safety or access issues to users. Editors create and use intellectual property.
19 Applications to editing Editors work as members of a profession and have a responsibility to uphold the reputation of the profession. Editors work in contractual relationships with employers. Editors use materials that damage the environment (paper, electricity, plastic).
20 Ethics in professional life Most ethical decisions are tiny and daily. Few reflect life-death issues. But daily ethical behavior creates work groups, businesses, and a society in which individuals can thrive.
21 Ethics in professional life Know limits on your personal freedoms, and respect the opportunities they make possible. Accept your responsibilities to a number of stakeholders, including users, clients, employers, the profession, and the environment.
22 Return to companion website for Technical Editing 4e http://www.ablongman.com/rude/