January 18, 2017

New to Tech Comm? Need a Refresher? Look No Further.

If you’re new to the Tech Comm field, or simply need a refresher on technical communication and writing skills, then these two foundation-level online courses are for you!

Join Leah Guren in TechComm 101, beginning on 24 January through 7 March (Tuesdays) at 11:00 AM-12:30 EST (GMT-5) to ...

December 28, 2016

Give the Gift of STC!

Over the past few weeks, we have received several requests from STC members about buying gift memberships or gift certificates for fellow members, coworkers, and friends. The STC membership department is here to help you complete this purchase during this holiday season.

Please contact me at the ...

December 27, 2016

Talking Usability: Lessons Learned About PDF Accessibility

By David Dick | STC Fellow


Many of us hold this assumption to be true—we can convert text documents into Accessibility-compliant Portable Document Format (PDF) documents by saving them as PDF. Any desktop publishing tool can create PDF files using “Save as Adobe PDF”; however, the PDF files ...

December 21, 2016

Call for Judges for 2017 International Summit Awards Competition

In between holiday preparations, our competition teams are hard at work preparing for the annual International Summit Awards Competition (ISA).

Each year, we select a group of experienced technical communicators to help us evaluate and judge the competition entries. These elite teams carefully ...

December 12, 2016

Just Announced: STC’s 2017 Summit Opening Keynote

STC is pleased to announce Seth Mattison as the opening keynote speaker for the 2017 Summit! Mattison is a trend spotter, workforce strategist, and a management renegade speaker who is striving to make the world of work more humane, empowering, and engaging.  His mantra, “We go ALL in,” drives ...
December 6, 2016

Announcing the preliminary slate of candidates for the 2017 STC election

The STC Nominating Committee (composed of members Cindy Currie, Viqui Dill, Rick Lippincott, Becky Todd, and chair Bernard Aschwanden) is pleased to announce the preliminary slate of candidates for the 2017 Society election:


  • Alyssa Fox will automatically succeed from the office of Vice ...
December 5, 2016

Talking Usability: Technology is Changing, But Not At the Workplace

By David Dick, Fellow

We, as savvy consumers, must have the latest technology. We buy the newest smartphone because it has something that our current smartphone doesn’t have. We download the latest Web applications because we believe they will empower us. Our Internet connection is as fast as the ...

December 1, 2016

Technical Communication Call for Covers

STC is pleased to announce the call for cover illustrations for the August and November 2017 issues of Technical Communication.  The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2017.

For the August 2017 issue, we invite cover illustrations on the blurring of technical communication, marketing ...

November 16, 2016

STC Rochester Spectrum 2017 Call for Proposals is now open through early December!

Please submit a proposal to speak at STC Rochester’s 58th annual conference, held on the campus of the Rochester Institute of Technology, March 26-28, 2017. The Call for Proposals and description of the conference and session types may be found at http://stc-rochester.org/spectrum/cfp/. The main ...

November 10, 2016

Becoming an Influencer: It’s Easier than You Think


YOU’VE GOT SKILLS. Mad skills. That’s why you have a job and a career and are respected in your field. You know what to write and which buttons to push and how to meet deadlines. As a technical communicator, you excel at making the complex simple and at adapting to new methods and ...

November 1, 2016

Sigma Tau Chi and Alpha Sigma Honor Societies

The student honorary societies Sigma Tau Chi (STX) and Alpha Sigma (AS) recognize student members of the Society who have distinguished themselves as students and have demonstrated promise of future contributions to the Society and the profession.

Membership in STX is an honor given to students ...

October 31, 2016

Staying in Touch With Your Community

About the webinar

Coordinating with members, volunteers and administration council members across a large geographic or metropolitan area can be challenging. STC Houston coordinates with admin council members using Skype and Google Drive, and STC France keeps in touch with members ...

October 27, 2016

Technical Communication Students’ Collaborative Work with the Technical Communication Book Review Editor

By Dr. Jackie Damrau, STC Technical Communication Book Review Editor; and Dr. Ryan Weber, Director of Business and Technical Writing at UAH

For the past two Fall semesters (2015–2016), Dr. Ryan Weber (Ryan) and I have been providing his technical communication students with new ways of learning ...

October 27, 2016

Deadline for STC Local Competitions Extended to 31 October

There’s still time to get your entry in for the STC local competitions!

When you enter, you get the following benefits:

  • Gain valuable feedback on your work from objective peers.
  • Validate your innovative ideas.
  • Learn new techniques and best practices.
  • Get advice from your peers.

If you win:

  • It ...
October 26, 2016

IDL SIG: Student Outreach Article Competition


The Instructional Design & Learning (IDL) special interest group of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) invites graduate- and undergraduate-level students to become published before graduating. Here are the basics of the program:

  • Undergraduate- or graduate-level students ...
October 25, 2016

STC Competitions: Give Us Your Best Work! Deadline is 28 October 2016

The local competitions are in full swing!  Judges are standing by to review your entries and find the best examples of Technical Communication.

Entries are due Friday, 28 October 2016.

To enter:

  1. Select the local/regional competition closest to you:
  • Carolina Chapter:
October 24, 2016

Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research – Nominations due 4 November

Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research – Nominations due 4 November

Ken Rainey, a professor at Southern Polytechnic State University and an STC Fellow, produced major research studies that provide ongoing benefit to the field of technical communication. Ken passed away in the fall of 2006, ...

October 21, 2016

Announcing the $30 Amazon gift card winners

Last week, STC’s membership department gave away a $30 Amazon gift card to those who joined or renewed for 2017. Dozens of memberships were activated in response to the contest, and we’d like to congratulate the winners of the drawing!

The winners of the gift cards are:

Mark Lockwood (renewal)

October 13, 2016

Distinguished Community Service Awards

The Distinguished Community Service Awards recognize the hard work and commitment of STC’s community leaders. The three awards — the Distinguished Chapter Service Award, Distinguished SIG Service Award, and Distinguished Service Award for Students — recognize an individual’s exemplary ...

October 12, 2016

Plan Ahead to Attend the 2017 Summit

Now’s the time to start making your plans to attend the premier technical communication conference, the 2017 Summit, 7-10 May. The Summit will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in picturesque National Harbor, MD, just minutes outside of downtown Washington, DC.


The ...

October 7, 2016

CPTC Textbook Winners


Last week, the STC membership department had a contest to give away copies of STC’s CPTC (Certified Professional Technical Communicator) textbook, Richard Johnson-Sheehan’s Technical Communication Today, Fifth Edition (a $99 value!), to those who joined STC or renewed their 2017 membership. We ...

October 5, 2016

Call for speakers – Association of Independent Information Professionals Conference

AIIP invites you to add your voice to the conversation around Resilience, Reinvention, Renewal: Pivoting for Success, its 2017 Conference theme. The conference will take place 18-21 May at the Hampton Inn Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.

AIIP’s goal is to help its members succeed. ...

October 4, 2016


STC has a number of RSS feeds for its publications. With the revamp of the STC website, the RSS feed addresses have been updated.  If your community website has links to these feeds, you’ll need to update them.

RSS Feeds

September 30, 2016

STC’s New Career Center has launched!


In keeping with our commitment to providing the best resources to our members, we are excited to announce the launch of our new and expanded online employment resource: STC’s Career Center. This upgraded service includes features that make it that much easier to facilitate connections between ...

September 30, 2016

Meet STC’s New Member Services Manager, Erin Gallalee


For those of you who have recently contacted STC for your customer service questions, you may have already spoken with our newest staff member, Erin Gallalee! She will be STC’s main contact for your membership and customer service needs, as well as your onsite registration contact during the ...

September 29, 2016

What’s next for the Summit?

By Molly Jin | Director of Education and Conferences

The 2017 Summit Call for Proposals is officially closed. Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit education session proposals for the 2017 Summit. This year, the Summit has a theme – “Gain the Edge to Get Results” – as well as

September 28, 2016

On your mark, get set, go…. STC Competition Countdown!

It’s time to prepare your entries for the 2016-2017 STC competitions.  To qualify for the International Summit Awards, you first submit your entry to the local competitions, and win an Excellence or Distinguished award. Distinguished local entries are automatically sent on to the ISA. Excellence ...

September 22, 2016

Reminder: Advanced Project Management Begins in One Week

The skills that we refine over time as technical communicators have a critical place in project management: communicating content, identifying audience needs, extracting knowledge from subject matter experts, and ensuring quality deliverables.  Many technical communicators can step into a project ...

September 21, 2016

A Message from STC’s Board of Directors

It is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Chris Lyons’s resignation from his position as CEO of STC. Under Chris’s leadership, STC has seen many successes, including the successful rebuilding and launching of STC’s Professional Certification Program; ...
September 21, 2016

2017 Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) is seeking nominees for the 2017 Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication.

The Award recognizes educators who have made an outstanding contribution to teaching in technical communication, and to be eligible for the Award, ...

September 19, 2016

Fellow Applications Due 1 October

Fellow is one of the three honorary ranks in the Society. It is the highest rank that the Society can confer upon a member. The rank of Fellow is conferred by a two-thirds vote of all members of the Board of Directors on Associate Fellows who it believes deserve this highest honor by virtue of ...

September 16, 2016

Associate Fellow Applications Due 1 October

Have you attained distinction within the field of technical communication and within STC itself, or know someone who has? Then consider applying for STC Associate Fellow status. To qualify, you must have been active in the field of technical communication for at least 15 years as well as have 10 ...

September 8, 2016

The Community Affairs Committee Hosts STC Award Applications

While the STC website is being revamped, the Community Affairs Committee website is hosting applications for the following STC awards:

If there are other applications you need and would like the CAC to host, ...

September 6, 2016

Updates on STC’s Technical Communication Journal

Sam Dragga | Journal Editor

I have several news items to share about STC’s quarterly research journal:

Changes to Cover Competition: Two Annual Deadlines

The competition to create the illustration for the journal’s cover is getting simpler, with only two deadlines a year and two topics for ...

September 2, 2016

2019 STC Technical Communication Summit will be in Denver, CO

Denver skyline

STC is pleased to announce that its 66th annual meeting, the 2019 Technical Communication Summit, will be held 5-8 May in Denver, Colorado. “This is the first time we’ve returned the Summit to Denver since 1987. With its abundance of tech jobs, booming Tech Center, central location, and cool ...

September 2, 2016

10 Applicant Tracking System Challenges and Solutions for Job Seekers

By Jennifer Puccio

I graduated from a creative writing program whose motto is, “All writing is rewriting.” This couldn’t be truer when it comes to drafting resumes for job postings, especially ones using applicant tracking systems (ATS), aka scanning software.

The following are my ...

September 1, 2016

STC Website Update

As some of you have noticed, the STC staff has recently taken on the enormous task of redesigning the STC website and upgrading our association management software. In an effort to complete the new website as quickly as possible, our development and communications teams have refrained from making ...

August 18, 2016

STC Membership’s Tangible Benefits

I was laid off in July because of budget cutbacks. On the last day of work, I received a call from a recruiter asking if I could meet with a client who was convinced that I was the right candidate for the job.  To my surprise, the interviewer was an STC member, had read my writing samples, and ...

August 15, 2016

STC Community and International Competitions

Each year, the Society for Technical Communication sponsors international competitions through which technical communicators have the opportunity to receive recognition for their work. STC chapters hold preliminary competitions from which Excellence and Distinguished Award winners may advance to ...

August 15, 2016

Talking Usability: My Father’s Typewriter

My father typed all his correspondence on a manual (non-electric) typewriter. The ink on the typewriter ribbon was so worn out that the text on the paper was barely legible. Office supply stores stopped selling manual typewriter ribbon because electric typewriters were replacing manual typewriters. ...

August 8, 2016

Here’s What You Missed at the Summit



Couldn’t make it to the Summit this year and are wondering what you missed out on? Catch up on all the Summit hot topic education sessions with the Summit Playback, which features the speaker’s presentations synched with audio. And right now through 31 August, STC members get access to 45+ ...

August 2, 2016

Tips for your best ever Summit proposal





Todd DeLuca, Conference Committee Chair

By now you’ve seen the notice that the call for proposals for the 2017 Summit is open and that there is a theme this year, “Gain the Edge to Get Results.” We chose this theme because we want speakers and attendees to share and discuss new and ...

July 20, 2016

TC Camp is coming to the East Coast!

You may have heard about TC Camp, the techcomm unconference, held for the past 4 years in the San Francisco bay area. Well, they are taking it on the road and holding a TC Summer Camp in the Washington DC area, on Saturday, July 30! If you’re in the area or within an easy drive (or train) to ...

July 19, 2016

Advance Your Knowledge with TechComm 201

Online course tablet TC 201


If you want to focus on soft skills, such as estimating and managing technical communication projects, working with SMEs, and technical skills such as advanced editing, professional tool concepts, and Help Authoring concepts, then this is the course for you! Join Leah Guren in Tech Comm 201 and ...

July 15, 2016

Sign Up For Technical Editing Foundations

Online course tablet Li-At-Recovered



Check out one of STC’s brand new online courses, Technical Editing Foundations presented by Li-At Rathbun! Attendees will understand what technical editors are and why they’re needed, the “hard skills” and “soft skills” that technical editors should possess, how to identify passive ...

July 13, 2016

Recruiting New Volunteers Webinar July 22nd

Join us for Recruiting New Volunteers by Alice Brzovic and Ben Woelk on Friday, July 22nd.

9:00 am Pacific / 10:00 am Mountain / 11:00 am Central / 12:00 noon Eastern
Friday, July 22, 2016

Register on Eventbrite

About the Webinar

Volunteers are the lifeblood of STC Communities, yet ...

July 5, 2016

STC Has A New Affinity Partner! Receive Member-Only Discounts When Using Hotelogical


Society for  Technical Communication has partnered with Hotelogical to provide you with free access to members-only unpublished rates + other discounts and special offers at 150,000+  3, 4, and 5 star brand-name, boutique and independent hotels & resorts around the world.

How to Redeem Free $99 ...

July 1, 2016

Sharing Your Summit Experience with Your Chapter

Sharing Your Summit Experience with Your Chapter

By Robert Perry

I attended the Summit this year, along with a colleague and several other members of the Carolina Chapter. I have attended numerous Summits in the past and have always found them educational, enlightening, and exhilarating. This ...

June 30, 2016

Organizing Meetings Using Eventbrite

Note: This article originally appeared on the Community Affairs Committee website.

One of the more challenging aspects of running a community can be running events. To successfully pull off an event, you need a venue, food and drink, a presenter, and most importantly, attendees. Keeping track of ...

June 27, 2016

STC Communities and Staff Win APEX Awards

STC is proud to announce that five STC communities and the STC staff recently were named winners in APEX 2016, the 28th Annual Awards for Publication Excellence. APEX Awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and the ability to achieve overall communication excellence. ...

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