What is technical journalism ?



It is the art of making complicated facts understandable. A rare gift: the technicians know enough about the subject, but are not good in explaining it to others, the journalists on the other hand easily slip a technical error into the text. Allrounders, that feel at home in both worlds, are needed!
The species of technical editors is still rare, although there is a special qualification for it by now. That is why even very expensive high tech articles still have manuals that you will only understand, after you found out on your own how the device is working...
Technical journalism on the other hand is underpaid: at some computer magazines the secretary actually gets a higher salary than the editors do at others you are expected to work 16 hours a day and come in on Sunday too! The whole pool of willing potential editors is thus worn out in a few years, and so is the quality.