President’s Message From STC Washington, D.C. – Baltimore Chapter

Greetings STC WDCB Family,

Our hope is that you are finding and improving on ways to face the challenges of the times. We strive to be a positive reinforcement for the importance of a supportive community and thank you for tuning in. Your time spent with us is valued and we are pleased to update you on the events created for your enrichment and enjoyment. In commemoration of Black History Month, we wish you balance, upliftment, love for yourself, love for your neighbor.

For there is always light
If only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it.
-Amanda Gorman

Announcements

The Masterclass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series

Sign up for The MasterClass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series, which features prominent figures in the technical communication (TechComm) industry offering candid discussion on crucial topics, trends, and skills within our field. Why should you tune in? Because thought and practitioner leaders embark on ways to challenge themselves for refinement, inspiration, and mentorship. Join us!

February 2021

Matt Reiner – Writing Documentation in an Agile Environment
With various agile framework options available, and the agile manifesto itself stating that agile doesn’t value “lengthy documentation,” it’s hard to understand where content creation fits. We will explore this and how agile product development teams can rapidly develop and deliver content alongside their product.
Webinar: Wednesday February 10, 2021 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

<Jack Molisani – TechComm Trivia Night!
Come join us for an evening of networking and fun brain teasers to stretch your techcomm IQ!
Webinar: Wednesday February 17, 2021 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

March 2021

Angela Trenkle – Scientific Technical Writing in the COVID-19 Era
A deep dive of the topic will include the type of skills that scientific writing requires, how to venture into the specialty, and the various types of opportunities that working in this area of expertise can open up for those up for the challenge.
Webinar: Wednesday March 10, 2021 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

April 2021

Sean Stevenson – How to Slay an RFP
Learning how to develop proposals is essential to creating bids to win new business, which is the cornerstone of business development. Come learn how to knock out a response to a request for proposal (RFP).
Webinar: Thursday April 1, 2021 @ 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET

May 2021

Adam Bradley – The Foundation of Technical Illustration

Discover how to determine when your content should be communicated graphically. Learn how to communicate with graphic artists and illustrators with the use of common terminology. Understand what the fundamentals are to create technical graphics in order to effectively instruct authors on what requests to make from graphic specialists.
Webinar: Friday May 28, 2021 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m. ET

Our chapter uses the GoToMeeting platform to host webinars. All registrants will receive the link to the event in their e-ticket. Please download the free GoToMeeting app to attend on your smart device, or attend by pasting the event link into your web browser. If you have any questions, please contact: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

The Masterclass in TechComm Podcast

Our January 2021 feature was rescheduled to our February 2021 Episode Starring: Angela Trenkle – Discourse with a Tech Writer Working on Covid-19 Pre-Clinical Trial Work

Listen to a tech writer working in the bioresearch industry, share how her career path led her into pre-clinical trial work for COVID-19 research.

Listen to The MasterClass in TechComm Podcast on Sunday February 28, 2021 @ 8 p.m. ET
This podcast is also offered via the following outlets:

Anchor
Spotify
iTunes

Please subscribe to The MasterClass in TechComm Podcast to support this growing professional development initiative. If you are an active, or a retired technical communicator that would like to be featured on the podcast, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required to discuss.

STC WDCB TechComm Competition

STC Alliance Competition

STC WDCB Chapter joined forces with the STC Alliance Competition team and entry judging is underway! For updates on the entries, award winner selections, and judges, subscribe and check out STC Alliance Competition for details.

STC Alliance Competition – Schedule of Events
November 11, 2020 – STC TechComm Roadshow
December 8, 2020 – Deadline for Judge Entry Forms
January 15, 2021 – Deadline for Entries
January 25, 2021 – Training / Refresher for Judges (virtual)
February 1, 2021- Judging Phase Begins
April 17, 2021 – Consensus Day
April 28, 2021 – Awardees Announced
June – September 2021 – Awarding Conducted

Online Resources

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Networking and Volunteering

Would you like to team up with members of the STC WDCB Administrative Council?
Please consider volunteering to network, share your talents, and lend your support.

STC WDCB Chapter Membership

Renew Your STC WDCB Membership
Not only do we want to continue to serve you with professional development events and opportunities to network, we would love for you to give us feedback on our programs and events. We’re also interested in collaborating with you on professional development initiatives and projects, so please email the address below to set up a time to discuss the concept that you have in mind. If you haven’t already, please Renew Your STC Membership for 2021 and allow us to continue serving you by selecting STC WDCB as your home chapter.

Thank you for your energy. We greatly appreciate you.

Kind regards,

Tavia Record
President and Professional Development Director
STC Washington, D.C. – Baltimore Chapter
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Renew Your STC Dues by December 31

Join or Renew your STC membership today to continue receiving exclusive benefits such as the member rate for the Virtual STC Technical Communication Summit 2021 Conference and Expo.

Note: Your dues may be tax deductible. For information, see https://www.stc.org/deduct-your-dues/

All STC memberships operate on a calendar year cycle and expire on 31 December. For new memberships or memberships that have lapsed more than one year, there is a $15 enrollment fee.

STC Membership Rates for 2021

Membership Category Dues Paid between
1 January –
28 February
1 March –
30 April
1 May –
30 June
1 July –
31 August
Professional & Academic $225.00 $225.00 $225.00 $157.50
New Professional $180.00 $180.00 $180.00 $126.00
Student $75.00 $75.00 $75.00 $52.50
Retired $145.00 $145.00 $145.00 $101.50

Membership Categories for Emerging Nations for 2021
See list of eligible countries

Membership Category Dues Paid between
1 January –
28 February
1 March –
30 April
1 May –
30 June
1 July –
31 August
Professional & Academic $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 $35.00
Student $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 $17.50

You may join any number of STC chapters and SIGs at the followinig rates:

  • $25 per chapter (emerging nations: $10)
  • $10 per SIG (emerging nations: $5)

We encourage you to add the Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter as your home chapter or add it in addition to other chapters and SIGs you may join. See Why Should You Join the WDCB Chapter? for many reasons to join the chapter.

Members may add the following a la carte menu items:

  • $60 for printed subscription to Intercom*
  • $75 for printed subscription to Technical Communication*

* Includes U.S. postage. International postage rate for Intercom is $25 for Canada and $45 for other countries. For Technical Communication, international postage rate is $20 for Canada and $40 for other countries.

Membership includes digital access to publications. A subscription is required for print versions.

  • Technical Communication is published quarterly in February, May, August, and November
    • Multiply $18.75 by the number of issues remaining in the year
  • Intercom is published 8 times a year in January, February, March, April, May, June/July, September
    • Multiply $6.00 by the number of issues remaining in the year

What STC Can Provide for Your Continued Career Development

Networking:
Network with hundreds of tech comm professionals through our networking communities; chapters (geographic area) and special interest groups (virtual topics of interest).
Access to STC's Mentor Board.
Professional Development:
Discounted registration for the CPTC Certification Exam.
Free and discounted live webinars with upcoming programs on topics such as podcasting, accessibility, and Learning Experience Design (LXD).
Discounted online courses with upcoming mid-career topics on instructional design, Python, leadership, and more!
Discounted webinars recordings available on topics such as "Career Advancement Through Personal Branding," Documentation Project Management, and more!
Free access to select recorded webinars such as "Creating Content that's Intelligent" and "Cybersecurity, COVID-19, and Working from Home."
Discounted rate for the STC Technical Communication Summit & Expo annual conference.

In addition, STC provides additional resources including access to our digital STC Publications: both Intercom (STC's magazine) and Technical Communication (STC's quarterly journal), access to STC's Job Bank sponsored by Writing Assistance, Inc which includes career resources, and exclusive discounts through our Member Perks program.

See the following links for more information about STC and how to join:

Access to the OnDemand 2020 Summit will be available through 31 August

Just in case you missed it, STC's 2020 Technical Communication Summit & Expo was completely virtual. You now have the option to view all the recorded sessions on demand at any convenient place and time. Access to the OnDemand Summit will be available through 31 August. With just over 90 sessions, you could invest one to two hours a day and view all the sessions presented. Registering for the OnDemand Summit provides 8 CEUs for CPTC currency.

The OnDemand Summit website has registration information and the descriptions of the recorded sessions on the Full Schedule page. The recorded sessions are on a separate website. The next business day after you have registered for the OnDemand Summit, you’ll receive the logon information for the OnDemand Summit site.

Not yet a member of STC?

Take advantage of reduced membership dues and use the benefits for the remainder of 2020. Visit the STC Membership page for details about the variety of membership categories and benefits available.

Why Should You Join STC?

Become a dues-paying member of STC and take advantage of all the benefits of membership set aside for STC members only. “Members Only” benefits.

Join the Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter

CAA 2020 Platinum ribbon (236x200)

The Platinum award-winning Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter celebrates its 65th anniversary this year. Join the chapter to network with and learn from members in diverse fields including advertising, computer manufacturing, data processing, education, electronics, engineering, government, medicine, publishing, and research. For a brief summary about our chapter, see the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter brochure (.pdf).