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The Rough Drafts Return for the 2017 Summit

See this event on the Summit schedule. The Washington, DC – Baltimore chapter invites you to a special event at #STC17: The Rough Drafts are back! As the host chapter for this year’s STC Summit, the WDCB Chapter wants you to join them at the party of the year, featuring…

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An Interview With Seth Mattison, STC’s 2017 Summit Opening Keynote

Nicky Bleiel:  Seth Mattison is the founder and CMO of FutureSight Labs. He’s an expert on talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work. All that, and he’s also the opening keynote speaker at the STC Technical Communication Summit this May in Washington, DC. Hi, Seth. Seth…

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Who’s There for Communities? Liz Herman, CAC Vice Chair

Who’s There for Communities? Meet the CAC Team for 2016 -2017 Community leaders will be glad to hear that, once again, the STC Community Affairs Committee (CAC) has got their backs in 2016-2017. If you need help, feel stuck, or just want ideas, look to the CAC as your connection…

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Announcing the Winners of STC’s Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Recently, the STC membership department had a contest to give away $50 Amazon gift cards to those who joined STC or renewed their 2017 membership, and we’re pleased to announce the winners! The winners of the $50 Amazon gift card are: New Member: Hannah Barker Renewing Member: Joseph Morton Congratulations…

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Data Visualization: Communicating Effectively With Your Audience

By Payman Taei | Founder, Visme Image Source Make no mistake: it’s a data-based world, we’re just living in it. According to Forbes, data volumes are absolutely exploding – in the past two years alone, more data was created than in all of the previous years in human history COMBINED. By…

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Gaining an Edge with CPTC Certification

By Chris Hester | STC Fellow and CPTC accredited trainer Not too long ago, a friend asked what my biggest accomplishment was for 2016. That was a tough one. I incorporated my business, spoke at a couple of events, and completed the Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) Foundation Certification. I…

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Student Volunteers Wanted for Summit 2017

STC is seeking student volunteers for the 2017 Summit, 7-10 May in National Harbor, Maryland. Student volunteers play an important role in assisting STC staff and the conference committee with Summit logistics. Volunteer positions include room monitors, registration clerks, and badge checkers. For volunteer position descriptions and requirements, click here. This…

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STC 2017 Election Results

STC, the Nominating Committee, and the Board of Directors are pleased to announce the results of the 2017 STC election. When voting concluded, of 3,037 eligible voters, 437 (14.39%) cast ballots. There were some abstentions in each of the categories. Congratulations to those elected, and great appreciation is extended to…

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Talking Usability: There’s No Such Thing as a User-Friendly Password

By David Dick, Fellow Passwords are required for all types of online activity to authenticate the user.  One thing is certain: until technology provides a better solution to passwords, we must learn to create strong passwords and remember them in order to safeguard our personal data from hackers. There are…

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Introducing the New STC Fellows and Associate Fellows

STC is pleased to announce that 11 distinguished members have been named Fellows and Associate Fellows of the Society. They will be recognized at the 2017 STC Summit in Washington, DC. STC awards the rank of Associate Fellow to Senior Members who have attained distinction in the field of technical…

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2017 May Special Issue of Technical Communication: Globalizing/Localizing User Experience

The 2017 May issue of Technical Communication focuses on the theme of “Globalizing/Localizing User Experience: Strategies, Practices, and Techniques for Culturally Sensitive Design.” This special issue, guest edited by Guiseppe Getto of East Carolina University and Huatong Sun of University of Washington Tacoma, includes five articles that will change the…

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TechComm 101: New Name, New Course

Attention STC members! The popular online course known as TechComm 101 is now the new and improved “TechComm Fundamentals Bootcamp.” Updated by technical communication expert Leah Guren, TechComm Fundamentals Bootcamp runs from 15 June through 27 July, 2017 (Thursdays) at 11:00 AM-12:30 PM EDT (GMT-4). This refreshed online course will help jump-start your technical communication career, and will…

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