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.

Computer Animation Showcase-Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

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When: Thursday, September 12, 2019
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: FREE Reservations are not required
Where: Torpedo Factory Art Center (directions below)

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is partnering with the Torpedo Factory Art Center to host a Computer Animation Showcase. The Computer Animation Showcase represents some of the most dazzling and innovative animations from students and professionals around the world. Several of the animations were screened at the 2019 SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival.

For those who have not had the opportunity to attend a SIGGRAPH conference, the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, a highlight of the conference, is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards. Since 1999, several works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for or have received a “Best Animated Short” Academy Award.

Please join us on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center as we showcase some of the best examples of computer animation from around the globe.


Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 703-838-4565


The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at the intersection of King Street and N. Union Street in Old Town Alexandria

Paid parking is available across the street from the Torpedo Factory or you can take the free trolley from the King Street metro center. Paid street parking is available in most areas of Old Town Alexandria. There is limited free parking in nearby residential areas, but it is restricted to two hours. There are several garages within walking distance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, too. For real-time maps to locate parking in garages, visit the ParkMe website or download their free iPhone app. Parking regulations are strictly enforced by the City of Alexandria. Parking is free after 9 pm, on Sundays, and on state holidays. Persons with proper handicapped identification on their cars may park free at any meter and are exempt from residential parking sticker requirements.

Street Parking:
$1.75 per hour, 2 hour max
Free after 9pm

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King Street Trolley in Old Town Alexandria

Hoffman Town Center Garage:
206 Swamp Fox Rd
Alexandria, VA 22314
Additional paid parking garages are also available in the area.

Trolley Information: King Street Trolley: service discontinued until further notice during COVID-19 pandemic (October 2019 update).

Contact Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

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ACM Washington DC is a non-profit professional group that meets regularly to discuss diverse topics in computer science such as predictive analytics, applied machine learning, statistical modeling, open data, data visualization, user experience, user research, and artificial neural networks. Meeting topics are varied and range from tutorials on basic concepts and their applications, to success stories from local practitioners and academic students, to discussions of tools, new technologies, and best practices. All are welcome to attend, to meet others, and to present their work.

ACM Washington DC is officially a part of the ACM Local project ( of Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.

Job Opportunity with The Associated Press: All Experience Levels Considered

[Editor's Note: The full description of this job opportunity, posted originally on April 25 on the Events Calendar, was relocated to the chapter's Jobs website as it is not a chapter event. In the future, a brief notice will be posted to this News section to alert you to any new job announcements submitted to us by local employers and recruiters.]

Job Title: Sr. Documentation Specialist

Apply by: 5 May 2018, 11:59 p.m.

Job Description: The Associated Press is seeking a skilled Senior Documentation Specialist for its Washington, DC office. This team member will create and maintain documentation and other training materials for the ENPS-suite of news production tools. You'll join our energetic, successful team that's responsible for supporting newsroom computer users in 900 newsrooms and 60 countries across the world. We know that documentation and associated training materials make a huge difference in the success of our product and in the continued learning by our users. This role is critically important to our success.

The successful applicant will be responsible for creating, maintaining and updating technical documents, manuals and online help, explaining the information in a clear and concise manner and working with the development and operations teams to ensure accuracy. We are actively seeking ways to provide training/user materials in non-traditional ways and value experience in creating those materials.

Job Type (full-time, half-time, telecommute, onsite or offsite contract, etc.): Full-time.

Contract Duration, if any: N/A

Job Location City, State, Zip-Code: Washington, DC, US, 20005-4076

Salary Range: NA

Experience Level: All Experience Levels Considered

Security Clearance Needed: None

Job Responsibilities:

  • Creating and maintaining updated end-user training materials and case studies for distribution in PDF and HTML formats as well as on-line videos
  • Designing and managing interfaces for customer software and documentation distribution websites
  • Helping validate documentation through product familiarization and testing
  • Managing external language-translation resources as needed
  • Working with technical and non-technical sales, support and training staff as necessary on production of related collaterals
  • Innovating new communication methods to improve user experience around training and support learning

Job Requirements: The successful candidate will have proven professional experience in technical writing and creation of manuals and training materials, preferably in the software technology or journalism/communication fields. The candidate must be a self-starter and problem solver. The candidate must also possess excellent written and verbal English-language communication skills and a strong attention to detail. Proficiency in MadCap Flare is strongly preferred. Experience in creating "how-to" video clips for software/technology solutions is strongly preferred. A bachelor's degree or higher is preferred. Authorization to work in the US for any employer is mandatory.

About the Hiring Company: The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day more than half the world’s population sees news from AP.

How to Apply: Apply at:

Apply by:  5 May 2018, 11:59 p.m.