As a result of the June 2018 election for chapter leaders on the Administrative Council, the following shows our new Admin Council for 2018-2019.
The Chapter Officers page has live links to their chapter contact address and to their biographies. Check it out and get to know your admin council.
Volunteer on a Committee or Two
Some of the new officers have taken on managing a chapter committee. We have many openings for serving on the chapter committees and opportunities to become part of the chapter leadership, learn new skills, share your expertise, show your stuff, learn more about STC and how the chapter operates. Bring us your ideas. See the Chapter Committees page.
Please review the committee openings. An important role we are looking to fill is the Events Manager. Click on the position title to find out what is involved for helping with that role. Some are small tasks and may be only be a one-time effort—you may want to volunteer for more than one. That’s great. The more roles we can get filled, the smoother the chapter will operate. We like volunteers. We reward you for your efforts in various ways (such as a certificate of appreciation, a free attendance for working an event, a gift, flowers, we’ll think of something). We’ll let your boss know about you.
The APEX® Awards is an annual competition for publishers, editors, writers and designers who create print, Web, electronic, and social media. In APEX® 2018, awards were given in 100 communications categories, in 12 main categories including: newsletters; magazines, journals & tabloids; annual reports; print media; electronic media; social media; apps; websites; campaigns, programs & plans; writing; design & illustration; and one-of-a-kind publications.
Business, nonprofit, agency and freelance communicators can enter APEX® to win awards for their best writing, publications, campaigns, programs, design and media. Entries are submitted from all over the world such as the U.S., Canada, Singapore, the UK, India, the Netherlands, Germany, Hong Kong, South Africa, and more.
Communications Concepts, Inc. sponsors the APEX® Awards, and advises professionals who write, edit, and manage business communications, on best strategies and practices.
How many entries were there? How many awards were given?
APEX® 2018 awards were based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the success of the entry — in the opinion of the judges — in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence.
1,408 entries were evaluated, in the following distribution: Newsletters: 102; Magazines, Journals & Tabloids: 287; Annual Reports: 41; Print Media: 97; Electronic Media: 111; Social Media: 54; Apps: 11; Websites: 80; Campaigns, Programs & Plans: 109; Writing: 284; Design & Illustration: 163; One-of-a-Kind Publications: 69.
A total of 100 APEX® Grand Awards were presented in 12 major categories to honor the outstanding works in those categories. 556 APEX® Awards of Excellence recognize excellence in 100 individual categories.
Is there a list of winning entries?
Yes. See Announcing the Winners of APEX 2018 (pdf).
Grand Award winners are listed by main category. Award of Excellence winners are listed within each subcategory, alphabetically by organization, or by last name for individual entrants.)
The annual Technical Communication Competition Awards Celebration and chapter volunteer recognitions event is the highlight of the STC Washington, DC-Baltimore (WDCB) chapter's events calendar. This year's event was a standout dinner event, combining outstanding food and hospitality, a great speaker, and awards.
On April 18th, the WDCB chapter held its annual awards celebration at Il Positano Ristorante in Bethesda. Il Positano provided impeccable hospitality, delectable Italian food, sumptuous desserts, plenty of wine, and space for competition awardees to display their work. The writing team from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, who won the 2017-18 competition's Best of Show for Defining Innovations: A History of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, discussed their book, the years of effort that went into its creation, and how it was created. The book is an outstanding technical achievement.
Wendy Wagner-Smith from the U.S. Dept. of Treasury wowed with her keynote about how technical communicators are all plain language warriors. Her talk inspired everybody in the room to go forth and use plain language in their professional lives.
The dinner provided a great opportunity for competition awardees to display and discuss their respective works, including challenges faced and overcome. Attendees discussed job opportunities, career paths, new software, caught up with friends, or made new friends. The students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology impressed everyone with their knowledge and poise, and with their journal, Teknos, which won an award in the chapter's technical communication competition.
The evening concluded with the WDCB chapter giving out its chapter awards in recognition of volunteer services, including the President's Award to Ugur Akinci for his meritorious contributions to STC and the WDCB chapter.
It was a great night, and we hope to see you at next year's WDCB Technical Communication Competition Awards Celebration in 2019.
The Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter is pleased to announce that we earned an STC 2018 Pacesetter Winner award, which recognizes innovative and successful community initiatives. Unlike STC's other Community Achievement awards, which recognize communities for consistent strength in many varied activities, the Pacesetter Award recognizes the successful implementation of a single beneficial innovation that may be implemented by other STC communities.
The Pacesetter Winner certificate will be presented to chapter representatives during the Leadership Program (on Sunday, May 20) at the 2018 Summit in Orlando, FL. All chapter members attending the 2018 Summit are invited to take part in a group photo with the certificate after the Honors Program.
Our citation will read:
For organizing the Summit Dine Around, which brought small groups of conference attendees together in a casual setting to enjoy local cuisine and network with other Summit attendees.
STC Pacesetter Award Evaluation Committee
Congratulations to the entire membership of the Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter, to our administrative council, our 2017 summit planning committee, and to our hard working volunteers.