Writing for the Government / Edition 1

Writing for the Government / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0321427017
ISBN-13:
9780321427014
Pub. Date:
10/09/2007
Publisher:
Pearson

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Overview

Writing for the Government / Edition 1

The authors of Writing for Government introduce students to the diverse and interesting world of government writing by presenting and discussing a wide range of government documents and Web pages from varied agencies and organizations, producing “adaptable writers” able to write for various positions and purposes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321427014
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 10/09/2007
Series: Technical Communication Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,074,868
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Series Editor Sam Dragga

Preface

Part One: Government Writing: Theory, Principles, and Ethics

Chapter One: Introduction

Principles and Approaches

Audience, Purpose, and Cultural Context

Knowing an Audience

Demographics of an Audience

Level of Knowledge and Expertise of an Audience

Professional and Personal Needs of an Audience

How Government Writers Get to Know Their Audience(s)

Summary and Looking Forward

Activities and Assignments

Works Cited

Chapter Two: Purpose and Cultural Context

Process Writing, Social Interchange, and Cultural Contexts

Purpose in Writing
Purpose and Genres
Discourse Conventions in Government Writing
Genres and Discourse Conventions
Ethical Issues in Cultural Contexts

Social and Cultural Ethics

Plagiarism, Copyright, and Other Ethical Matters
Style Guides
Technological Factors
Organizational Culture and Ethics
Personal Ethics and Government Writer Ethos

Summary and Looking Forward

Activities and Assignments
Works Cited

Part Two: Writing To Make Policy

Chapter Three: Rules and Regulations

The Purpose of Rules

Rules or Laws?
Rule Writing in Cultural Contexts
Audience for Rules
Collaborative Nature of Rule Writing
Stakeholders in Rule Writing

Subject Matter Experts

Legal, Fiscal, and Technology Experts
The Public
Editors
Summary and Looking Forward
Activities and Assignments
Works Cited

Chapter Four: Policy Handbooks, Manuals, and Guides

The Purpose of Government Handbooks

Policy Handbooks and Manuals in Cultural Contexts
Audience for Policy Handbooks and Manuals
Style Guides and Organization of Policy Handbooks

Handbook Cover
Overview, Foreword, or Preface
Body

References, Glossaries, Appendices, and Indexes
Government Agency Style Guides

Collaborative Nature of Handbook Writing
Writing, Editing, and Publishing Policy Handbooks
Summary and Looking Forward

Activities and Assignments
Works Cited

Chapter Five: Policy Memorandums

Purpose of Policy Memos
Policy Memos in Cultural Contexts
Memorandum of Understanding—“Across Jurisdictions”
Audience for Policy Memos

Components of Persuasive Policy Memorandums
Summary and Looking Forward
Activities and Assignments
Works Cited


Part Three: Writing to Communicate Policy Issues to Agencies and the Public

Chapter Six: Public Policy Reports

Purpose of Government Policy Reports
Government Policy Reports Investigate a Problem

Government Policy Reports Explain Past Events or Results of Inquiry
Government Policy Reports Serve as Tools for Advocacy
Government Policy Reports Prescribe Steps for Policy Implementation and Enforcement
Government Policy Reports in Cultural Contexts
Economic Constraints
Sociopolitical Constraints
National Security Constraints
Scientific and Technological Constraints
Audience for Government Policy Reports

Components of Government Reports
Summary and Looking Forward
Activities and Assignments
Works Cited


Chapter Seven: Government Grants and Proposals

Purpose of Government Grants and Grant Proposals

Grants in Aid
Funding the Public
Grant Proposals

Proposal Writing in Cultural Contexts
Adherence to Strict and Complex Guidelines
Competitive Nature of Proposal Writing
Length and Complexity of the Proposal Development Process
Personal Accountability and Ethical Dilemmas

Audience for Government Proposals
Summary and Looking Forward
Activities and Assignments
Works Cited

Chapter Eight: Government Websites

Audience, Purpose, and Cultural Contexts
Genre and Purpose

Genres of Websites
Purposes
Writing Website Content
How Users Read Websites
Readability Analysis of Websites
Plain Language Movement
Languages Other than English
Writing Techniques for the Web
Chunking Style of Writing
Card Sorting as Organizing
Chunking and Sorting Activity Example
Content Writing, Visual Thinking, and Headings
Methods of Getting to Know Your Audience and Their Needs

Feedback, Usability, and Personas

Usability Testing

Personas
Applying Personas
Information Architecture
Site Indexes and Maps
Content Inventory
Content Management Systems (CMS)

Technology Inventory
Code
Reading HTML
Design Inventory
The Homepage
Visual Displays

Charts
Drawings
Graphs
Maps
Tables
Multimedia
Style Guides and Templates
Style Guides
Style Sheets
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
Templates
Legal and Ethical Inventory
Accessibility
Other Requirements and “Best Practices”
Other Important Legal and Ethical Matters
Government Websites in the Future
Activities and Assignments
Works Cited

Part Four: Case Studies

Case Study One: Hurricane Katrina
Activities and Assignments
Works Cited

Case Study Two: Southwest Florida Water Management District
Activities and Assignments
Works Cited

Case Study Three: The Nonprofit Organization and Government Documents: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Activities and Assignments
Resource List for Nonprofits and Legislative Advocacy
Works Cited

Appendix: List of Federal Departments and Agencies
Glossary
Index

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