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Multimedia Writer

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Multimedia Writer
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€25 -  
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Last Updated: March, 2011

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At a Glance... header image

Writes text, scripts and stories for computer based multimedia programs.


The Work header image

Creative writing involves writing original text in different formats. Multimedia resources are used, often including graphics and desktop publishing. The work entails creatively expressing a story in writing, deciding between relevant and unnecessary information, and script writing (communicating the sequence of a multimedia presentation in writing).  
 
The Writer should have the ability to work with a variety of subject matter with a degree of proficiency, and as such can be referred to as a Subject/Content Specialist.  
 
If it is a business project, the Writer must be able to assess what the customer wants and locate and select relevant information for the clients communication needs. For business writing, the Writer must be able to construct and express ideas in written business form.  
 
The Writer contributes to layout decisions and the organisation of the flow of information in a presentation. The job often involves dealing with copyright problems when the writing is not original work.  
 
Technical Writers work on product guides, user guides, documentation, marketing literature, quick reference cards and on-screen or on-line help.  
 
Technical Writers develop and write manuals and guides, for the users of software and hardware products and equipment. Their brief would also include instructions on how to deal with problems that may arise for end-users, not trained specifically in computing, or familiar with the product.  
 
Courseware Writers develop and write instructional content for multimedia based CBT (Computer Based Training) systems. They put together training courses using different structures and methods to other writers. Instructional or Courseware Writers would employ teaching methodologies in their writing, which aid the learning process their work is designed to enable. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Create two-dimensional and three-dimensional images depicting objects in motion or illustrating a process, using computer animation or modeling programs.

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Design complex graphics and animation, using independent judgment, creativity, and computer equipment.

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Make objects or characters appear lifelike by manipulating light, color, texture, shadow, and transparency, or manipulating static images to give the illusion of motion.

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Apply story development, directing, cinematography, and editing to animation to create storyboards that show the flow of the animation and map out key scenes and characters.

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Participate in design and production of multimedia campaigns, handling budgeting and scheduling, and assisting with such responsibilities as production coordination, background design and progress tracking.

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Create basic designs, drawings, and illustrations for product labels, cartons, direct mail, or television.

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Develop briefings, brochures, multimedia presentations, web pages, promotional products, technical illustrations, and computer artwork for use in products, technical manuals, literature, newsletters and slide shows.

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Script, plan, and create animated narrative sequences under tight deadlines, using computer software and hand drawing techniques.

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Implement and maintain configuration control systems.

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Assemble, typeset, scan and produce digital camera-ready art or film negatives and printer's proofs.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Interacting With Computers:  Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Fine Arts:  Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Technical writing must communicate often complex technical information with user-friendly explanations. Therefore good descriptive essay writing skills and a good standard of English are desirable in a multimedia writer.


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