The Joy of Judging in the 2011-2012 Summit Competition for Technical Communication

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Judge Applications are now being accepted.

Competition information for entrants and judges is available at https://competition.stcwdc.org/

Entries are arriving for the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) chapter’s 2011-2012 Summit Competition for Technical Communication. Would you like to see them? Are you ready to help evaluate them? If you think you may be, here’s a brief summary of what’s in store.

The Call for Entries in our technical communication competition was announced on 1 October. More announcements will appear in websites, blogs, tweets, and lists. This year, the deadline for submission of entries is 18 November. The competition is coming together but it can not be held successfully without the commitment of a group of qualified and enthusiastic judges. The judges are recruited from among professional communicators in the Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas, and beyond. For both entrants and judges, membership in STC is not required.

During 18-29 November, team judging assignments are made for each category to be judged and the entries are logged and sorted into packages for each team.

On Saturday, 3 December, the judges assemble to receive their judging materials, entries, and instructions. They meet the other members of their judging team, get training from experienced judges on how to evaluate an entry, and have their questions answered.

Over the next six weeks, judges read and examine their assigned entries. They discover—or rediscover—the joy of encountering excellence in published manuals, reports, training materials, journals, brochures, marketing and PR materials, magazines, help systems, websites, user support materials, and more. As they begin to form opinions and record their evaluations in the judging forms, the judges apply all the knowledge and experience at their disposal. They prepare their comments for the entrants and a defense of their decisions for the consensus meeting.

On Saturday, 14 January, the judges meet again to discuss the entries and decide which ones deserve an award. Some entries stand out as award winners; others elicit debate. The judges relish the opportunity to compare notes on design, presentation of information, layout, and overall quality of an entry. By the end of the Consensus Meeting, a consensus is reached on award levels for each entry based on specified criteria, not against each other. The competition committee begins the process of choosing the Best of Show, choosing the Best Student Entry, notifying the winners and non-winners, and sending the very best to the STC International Summit Awards Competition. Veteran and new judges leave the Consensus Meeting with a sense of a job well done. They have judged the work of their peers and shared their passion for excellence in communication. Many will be eager to do it all over again in future years.

If you are ready to experience the joy of judging, we need your help. For more information about judging entries and the types of judges needed, see the Call for Judges at https://competition.stcwdc.org/competition-call-for-judges/. Please apply to judge at https://competition.stcwdc.org/competition-judge-application-form/.

Thank you!

Call for Judges – STC Washington DC Chapter 2009-2010 Competitions

Do you have a number of years of experience in your line of work? Do you consider yourself pretty darn competent at what you do? If so, please consider sharing your expertise with others by signing up to be a judge for the 2009-2010 STC (Society for Technical Communication) D.C. area competition!

There are actually two separate competitions: Online Communication and Technical Publications. Each competition is split into categories for which entrants submit their work. When you apply to be a judge, you can specify your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices for the categories you’d like to judge.

If you would like to be a judge, there are two major meetings that you need to put on your calendar:

  • Entries Pick-Up and Judges’ Training meeting

    Saturday, Dec. 5, 10:30 am – 12 noon, at Patrick Henry Library in Vienna. Snacks are provided.

  • Consensus Meeting

    Saturday, Jan. 9, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, at 1st Presbyterian Church in Arlington. Lunch is provided.

In the five weeks between these two required meetings, you can expect to spend approximately 10 -15 hours total going over the four to six entries you are judging.

For general information about being a judge this year, visit:
https://competition.stcwdc.org/competition-call-for-judges/

If you’re interested, please fill out a judging application form at:
https://competition.stcwdc.org/competition-judge-application-form/

Thanks for volunteering!

Melissa Brown Manager, STC WDC Competitions email hidden; JavaScript is required

P.S. A big thank you to those of you who have already signed up to be judges. You’ll be getting more details soon!

The Joy of Judging

The STC Washington, DC Chapter’s annual Technical Publications, Online Communication, and Technical Art Competitions are open to receive entries. Would you like to see them? Are you ready to help evaluate them? If you think you may be, here’s the gist of what’s in store.

The Call for Entries in over 20 categories of technical communication goes out in late August. This year, the deadline for submission of entries is October 20. The competitions could not be held successfully without the commitment of a group of qualified and enthusiastic judges. The judges are recruited from among professional communicators in the DC area and beyond. Membership in STC for both entrants and judges is common, but not required.

Early in November, the judges assemble to receive their judging materials, entries, and instructions. They meet the other members of their judging team, get training from experienced judges on how to evaluate an entry, and have their questions answered. Over the next four weeks, judges read and examine the entries. They discover—or rediscover—the joy of encountering excellence in published manuals, brochures, magazines, help systems, and Web sites. As they begin to form opinions and record their evaluations, the judges apply all the knowledge and experience at their disposal.

WDC competition judging.
WDC competition judging.
They prepare their comments for the entrants and a defense of their decisions for the consensus meeting.

In December, the judges meet again to discuss the entries and decide which ones deserve an award. Some entries stand out as award winners; others elicit debate. The judges relish the opportunity to compare notes on design, presentation of information, layout, and overall quality. By the end of the meeting, a consensus is reached on award levels and the Competition Committee can begin the process of notifying the winners and non-winners, choosing the Best of Show, and sending the very best to the STC International Competition. The judges, both veteran and new, leave with a sense of a job well done. They have judged the work of their peers and shared their passion for excellence in communication. Many will be eager to do it all over again in future years.

If you are ready to experience the joy of judging, we need your help. Apply to judge online on our Web site. Fill in the application form at
https://competition.stcwdc.org/competition-judge-application-form/.