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.

AIIP Conference in Baltimore — 2-6 April

STC signed a partnership agreement with the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) to expand the educational offerings for each association's members. STC members may get the AIIP member rate for their 28th annual conference this year in Baltimore at the Hyatt. Select the “AIIP, PIUG or STC member” rate when registering. To register, see STC is setting up a table there.

STC has information about two free webinars offered by AIIP on the STC Notebook at

STC WDCB Summer Vision Day Meeting

summerSTC Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter
Monday, July 15, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Oakton, VA

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The STC Washington, DC – Baltimore chapter’s annual Vision Day meeting is an opportunity for chapter leaders and current chapter members to work together to plan the new season of professional activities that begins in September. Our goal is to leave this meeting with a schedule for events and competitions that occur between September 2013 until June 2014. We will also discuss our new website, social media, and upcoming deadlines for award applications. What programs would you like to see? Would you like to get more involved? Join us and let us know!

6:00-6:30 p.m. Networking and a delicious light meal
6:30-8:00 p.m. Vision Day planning meeting
8:00-8:30 p.m. Annual business meeting

If you’re not able to attend in person, you can join at 6:30 p.m. via Adobe Connect at the following link: