STC WDCB Joining Regional TechComm Competition

Logo for STC Regional TechComm Competition-Atlanta, Houston, New England, New York, Philadelphia, and Rochester
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.

2013 STC International Summit Award Competition Winners

Congratulations to all the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) chapter winners who won awards at the STC International Competition level!. The Washington DC – Baltimore chapter is proud to announce that we had six winners in the STC International Technical Publications Competition. The competition is an excellent way to showcase our work as technical communicators. One of our entries won Best of Show. Congratulations to all the winners. We are very proud to have them represent us so well.

Winners at the international level are entitled to display the STC international competition award ribbons. Download and use to promote your award!

Best of Show

BOS International Summit Award

Best of Show entries exhibit the ideal for their category. They are not judged against each other; they are judged solely against established standards. For example, how do you compare the best annual report with the best software guide? In STC competitions, the best annual report is compared with the ideal annual report, and the best software guide with the ideal software guide. Thus, the Best of Show judges must determine how close each candidate comes to realizing the ideal for its category. The entry that comes closest to the ideal for its category is the Best of Show.

Los Alamos National Laboratory External/Public Website
Contributors: Ann Rafferty, Monika Bittman, Lillian Anaya
Company: Los Alamos National Laboratory

Distinguished Technical Communication

Winner International Summit Award

An entry that wins an award of Distinguished Technical Communication is clearly superior in all areas. The entry contains no major flaws and few, if any, minor flaws. It applies the principles of technical communication in an outstanding way, particularly the way that it anticipates and fulfills the needs of its audience.

From Research to Reality a Missile Defense Agency Technology Applications Report
Contributors: L. Scott Tillett, Lisa Hylton, Joe Singleton
Company: National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) – Washington Operations

Los Alamos National Laboratory External/Public Website
Contributors: Ann Rafferty, Monika Bittman, Lillian Anaya
Company: Los Alamos National Laboratory

Excellence

An entry that wins an award of Excellence consistently meets high standards in all areas. The entry might contain a single major flaw or a few minor flaws. The entry demonstrates an exceptional understanding of technical communication principles.

Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council Annual Update 2012
Contributors: Katrina Hubbard, Teresa Kowalczyk, Dylan Waugh
Company: Energetics Incorporated

Guide for Effective Corporate and Technical Writing
Contributors: Rebecca Jung
Company: Westinghouse Electric Company

Pictures of the Future
Contributors: Arthur F. Pease
Company: Siemens A.G.

Merit

An entry that wins a Merit award consistently meets high standards in most areas. The entry might contain a small number of major or minor flaws, but it still applies technical communication principles in a highly proficient manner.

Technology at Temple
Contributors: Marianne Johnston, Robert Frawley, Susan Banka
Company: Westat

See the STC site for the full list of 2013 STC International Summit Award (ISA) winners.

WDCB Competition Awards Banquet and Networking Night a Smashing Success!

Photo of Ugur Akinci

This blog post is republished with permission from the author, our own Dr. Ugur Akinci. The original posting was on his website, the Technical Communication Center.

STC Washington D.C. – Baltimore Chapter (STC WDCB) had a successful Competition Awards Banquet and Networking Night yesterday (13 March 2013) at Carmine's, one of the premiere Italian restaurants in Washington, D.C.

The winners of the chapter's 2012-2013 Technical Communication Summit Awards were honored for their superior work. It was a great uplifting occasion, a unique opportunity to appreciate some of the best examples of technical communication while enjoying great food and sampling Carmine's delicious house wine.

Here is the full list of all the winners.

On display were all the competition winning documents, including a website that displayed on the flat-screen monitor. The guests could get their hands on some of the best work in our profession, appreciate their quality, and read snippets of what our judges had to say.

It surely was a magical night and a great opportunity to broaden our network and make new friends.

Here are some selected visual highlights from the banquet and awards ceremony:

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If you weren’t there we hope you can join us next year…

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Best of Show award winners Lisa Hylton (L) and Scott Tillett (R) of National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) – Washington Operations receiving their award from Carolyn Kelley Klinger (middle), STC WDCB Past President, for their publication From Research to Reality — A Missile Defense Agency Technology Applications Report. The exquisite publication was as close to anyone will ever get to a flawless printed document. Other members of the winning team are Joe Singleton and Joan Zimmermann who unfortunately couldn't make it to the banquet. Fantastic job NTTC!

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The winning competition entries were on display for the appreciation of the banquet participants.

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The chapter judges were delighted to receive so many high-quality entries this year…

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Viqui Dill, our chapter’s indefatigable Social Media Manager and a competition judge, did a wonderful job as MC during the icebreaker opening of the banquet.

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Members of the Best Student Entry Team from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia were among those honored at the banquet. Team members included Rachel Chuang, Esther Wang, George Wang, Tina Ju, Kinsey Moser, Allison Wang, Zeming Lin, Pali Singh, Melanie Kim, Jacqueline Speiser, and Stephanie Melendez. The award winner Teknos: The Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology is the kind of publication that should be studied and emulated by all technical publication teams across the country. John Woodwell, the faculty sponsor, said the reason why the team participates in the contest frequently is because of the high-quality feedback and review notes that they receive from hard-working STC WDCB judges.

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Rebecca Jung of Westinghouse Electric Company received her Award of Excellence for Guide for Effective Corporate and Technical Writing. Good job Rebecca!

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Mary Saunders, Nancy Mulé, and Tiffany Newland of American Woodmark Corporation receiving theirAward of Merit for Work Center Manager Online Help. Mary Saunders, our chapter’s Secretary, has also served this year as a competition judge (many thanks!).

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Another proud and happy winner: Lauren Anthone of National Cancer Institute (NCI) accepted her Award of Merit for National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Reporting Program Registration Site User's Guide.Lauren, well done!

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Veteran technical communicator and long-time chapter leader Charlotte Glenn received her well-deserved STC Distinguished Chapter Service Award from our Past President Carolyn Klinger. For this competition, Charlotte Glenn also served as Competition Co-Manager and Entries Manager. Charlotte, thank you!

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Another STC veteran, Annette Reilly, performed superbly and did all the heavy lifting as our Competition Manager. Annette, thank you!

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Our Past President Carolyn Klinger sharing a tender moment with her friend Viqui Dill as she presented STC Distinguished Chapter Service Award for Viqui's tireless volunteer work on behalf of our members. Viqui, thank you!

Also receiving the prestigious Distinguished Chapter Service Award in absentia was Eric Anest, our Chapter Past Treasurer and an all-around good guy. Eric, thank you!

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Did we mention that Carmine's got the best pasta in the whole wide world?!

View all the photos on our Flickr account.