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The chapter invites you to contribute to the site by writing a guest post or by contributing images. Contributing to the Events & News site is a an easy way to demonstrate your professional expertise.
If you are interested in contributing, please follow these guidelines.
- Posts must be relevant to the field of technical communication.
- By submitting a post, you certify that you created (and own copyright) to the content you submit or have permission to reproduce copyrighted material. Provide citations for copyrights and photo credits.
- You may link to the post on your own site or social media networks.
- Potential topics include careers, STC, the chapter, job issues, technology, accessibility, usability, grammar, book reviews, event reviews, interviews, hints, tips, education, and so forth.
- STC WDCB is nonprofit; we don't pay for articles.
- You must respond to comments, if any.
- Recommended post length is 400-600 words (maximum of 800-1000 words). Shorter if you have an image-heavy post.
- Posts should be formatted for an online audience (scanners; not readers)
- Provide points of entry for scanners—short headlines, subheadings, bullet lists, captions.
- Write clear, concise sentences. Keep paragraphs and other blocks of copy short and tight.
- Use straight forward headlines that will catch a reader's eye in search engine results.
- Know your audience: people who geek out about high tech tools and products; people who want to be able to count on you for good product reviews; people who want to feel they just learned something new; people who are curious about STC, the chapter, and technical communication.
- Write like a journalist: present information in an inverted pyramid of vital to trivial, with who, what, when, where, and why (otherwise known as the 5 Ws) at the top of your article. Tell readers what you want them to know now and save the background information and the additional details for later.
- Restructure printed copy: If you use copy already published on paper, repurpose it for online reading. Offer points of entry, tighten and divide complex sentences, break up long paragraphs, and cut extraneous content.
- If you are referring to material that has already been published online, use links to the source material instead of repeating it all again. Search engines frown on duplicate online content.
- All links to external sites must include rel="nofollow" to help reduce spam links back to our site.
- For accessibility, links only need the href URL and the rel= attribute. No target="_blank" or tabindex.
- Links are encouraged, but not affiliate links or multiple links to the same URL.
Images / Video
- We accept photos and videos with posts.
- Contributors must have permission to use the images and/or videos they submit.
- Body maximum image width is 500 pixels.
- Header maximum image size is 1000 pixels by 140 pixels.
- Always provide captions and photo credits.
Byline / Bio
- Include a brief bio (50-100 words) and byline that includes your name as you would like it to appear in the post.
- Include contact information such as your Twitter handle, website URL, Facebook address, or LinkedIn profile.
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- We strive to publish content in a timely fashion while working within our editorial calendar schedule.
- We reserve the right to edit all submissions to ensure there are no typographical errors and to maintain formatting structure. If we make major edits to a post, we will ask for your approval. If major revisions are needed, we will return the post to you for editing.
- You may register as a Contributor and write and maintain your posts.
- You may submit material using the Submit an Article form at https://events.stcwdc.org/submit-an-article/
All submitted contributions will be reviewed by an Events & News editor and approved for content and publishing.