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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.

General 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.

Formatting Guidelines

  • 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.
  • Sign-up for a Gravatar account at https://en.gravatar.com/ if you don't already have one. When you reply to anyone's comment, your picture will show next to your reply. [Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar that represents you online whenever you interact with blogs and forums. You create your gravatar image profile just once and then when you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there. Gravatar is a free service for site owners, developers, and users. It is automatically included in every WordPress.com and WordPress.org account and is run and supported by Automattic.]

Publication

  • 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.

Submission

All submitted contributions will be reviewed by an Events & News editor and approved for content and publishing.

Last modified: September 10, 2017
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