STC WDCB Joining Regional TechComm Competition

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Starting this fall, our chapter is joining forces with several other STC chapters to deliver our annual technical communication competition, which we have been running consistently since 1962. Since 2012, when the New York Metro chapter joined with the Philadelphia chapter to create the STC Regional TechComm Competition, other chapters have joined their federation. We now join the Atlanta, Houston, New England, New York Metro, Philadelphia, and Rochester chapters, making our title of “regional” a fairly loose definition.

STC discontinued the International Summit Awards (ISA) after the 2016-2017 competition cycle. Until that year, local chapters submitted their highest award winners to the ISA for another round of judging. Winners of that award were proudly displayed at the STC Summit conference for all to see. Since the discontinuation of the ISA, chapters such as DC’s ended their competition cycles without offering that additional matriculation option. Despite this disheartening change, our volunteers continued to work countless hours to pull off the organized and fair competition our chapter is known for throughout the world.

The new regional approach allows the DC-Baltimore chapter to benefit from the online forms and mature processes that the regional competition team, under the leadership of the New York Metro chapter, have created to run the competition. We benefit from shared volunteer labor and ideas. Although we expect and encourage our local judges to apply to judge in the regional competition, given the larger numbers of entries and judges in the new federation, our entrants will likely be exposed to evaluations from new judges. We expect the larger judging pool will provide a fresh perspective to our entrants while still maintaining the same standards STC has always held. Besides this possible change to evaluations, we expect that that entrants will notice the change to the entry process, with a simple, online form. Judges will notice a more streamlined approach to receiving entries. Here in the DC area we will still hold a competition awards celebration in the spring to celebrate our local winners like we always have. It all seems like a win-win proposition to me and I hope you agree!

An exciting event is coming up on OCTOBER 15, 6-8 PM EDT to inspire you to enter the competition called the Virtual TechComm Roadshow. This online event is FREE but you must register to get the web conferencing information. During this event, some top winners from STC competitions around the country, including DC-Baltimore, will show their work, discuss their backstory, challenges, learning, and planned improvements. We hope you will attend!

The STC Regional TechComm Competition’s entry deadline is December 6, 2019, 6:00 PM EDT. While the link to enter the competition will eventually be on the DC chapter’s competition site and the New York Metro chapter’s site, I encourage you to sign up to receive email updates as they arise.

We hope you are excited as we are to join such a distinguished group of chapters, along with their passionate volunteers, to produce our competition going forward. STC chapters are no longer in competition with one another for the most entrants or even the most members. Everyone wins when we unite our efforts to promote the advancement of our profession of technical communication.

Really Early Bird Conference Registration Ends Dec. 31

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Keynote Speaker: David Pogue

The Really Early Bird rate of $825 (STC members only) is good through 31 December, 2012 so register now to make sure you get the lowest rate possible for the 2013 Technical Communication Summit. The 2013 Summit takes place 5-8 May in Atlanta and officially begins Sunday evening, 5 May, with a general session and keynote speaker. David Pogue returns to the STC Summit as the keynote speaker once again! The New York Times columnist, Missing Manual publisher, and Emmy-winning CBS News correspondent will be in Atlanta; will you?

STC SUMMIT@aClick is now available

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If you weren’t able to attend all the sessions at the Summit in Atlanta, you can now listen to a recording of those sessions and any of the ones you’d like to hear again. STC has announced that the 2009 SUMMIT@aClick is available on STC’s Live Learning Center, with unlimited access for those who attended the 2009 Summit in Atlanta.

SUMMIT@aClick has more than 85 sessions currently online and more sessions will be added as speakers review their material. SUMMIT@AClick will allow full conference attendees to review speaker materials, watch the audio/visual speaker presentation (as presented in Atlanta), and download an audio file.

Summit attendees should watch for an e-mail from email hidden; JavaScript is required with the subject line: STC’s 56th Annual Technical Communication Summit, which will contain the passcode and instructions to access the content.

For those who could not attend the Summit

SUMMIT@aClick will be available for purchase for those who could not attend the conference. For questions about price and access, contact email hidden; JavaScript is required.