Still Time to Register for the Social Media Seminar and Celebration!

Come learn about social media and celebrate with the 2009-2010 chapter competition award winners on March 13! You will learn:

  • How the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uses social media to improve communication and debunk myths
  • How social media can support your organization’s mission and assist in decision-making
  • Best practices for implementation of a social media strategy

Registration ends March 10. Sign up now!

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WDC Chapter’s Technical Communication Competitions Winners Announced

Competitions winner ribbon for 2009

The STC Washington, DC Chapter is pleased to present the lists of winners for our local competitions for which we had 36 entries this year. Entry titles, contributors, and the organizations they represent are listed on the following pages.

Winners of the Distinguished Technical Communication Award go on to the STC International Technical Publication Competition (ITPC) or the International Online Communication Competition (IOCC). Winners of the international competitions are presented at the STC Annual Conference in May. (Student entries at this award level are not allowed as entries in the STC international competitions.)

All net proceeds from the chapter’s competitions will benefit our award funds for high school and college students. In each competition, the student who submits the best student entry will receive an $800 scholarship. (If the entry has multiple contributors, the $800 scholarship will be divided among them.)

Best of Show and Best Student Entry Winners

Competitions Best of Show ribbon

"Our Changing Planet: The View from Space" is the 2009-2010 Technical Publications Competition Best of Show Winner entered by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Contributors to this entry are the following:
Michael King, Claire Parkinson, Winnie Humberson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center;
Kim Partington, Polar Imaging Ltd.;
Robin Williams, Science Systems and Applications, Inc.;
Sally Bensusen, Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, Debbi McLean, Mark Malanoski, Wyle Information Systems, Inc.;
Jesse Allen, Robert Simmon, Sigma Space Corporation;
Reto Stockli, MeteoSwiss.

"Teknos: The Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology 2009" is the 2009-2010 Technical Publications Competition Best Student Entry Winner entered by Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Contributors to this entry are the following:
Aaron Koenig, John Woodwell, Kevin Boehm, Blair Graham, Su Hyen Bae, Akshay Deverakonda, Hari Devanathan, Siddarth Hariharan, Jeremy Owen, Esther Wang.

Awards Celebration and Seminar

The winners will receive their awards at the Awards Celebration and Seminar on 13 March 2010. TSA’s blogger, Curtis “Bob” Burns, manager of the Transportation Security Administration’s blog will present a Social Media Seminar.

All winning entries will be on display at the Awards Celebration. You do not need to be part of the competitions to attend. You may find some interesting ideas for your work by looking at the winning entries on display.

Please join us in congratulating all the winners of the 2009-2010 competitions.

TSA Blogger to Present Social Media Seminar at WDC Chapter Awards Celebration

Register by 15 February at EventBrite to be entered in a raffle for a FREE registration to the WritersUA Conference for Software User Assistance on March 21-24. That’s a $995 value!

On Saturday, 13 March, the WDC Chapter will hold a social media seminar featuring Curtis “Bob” Burns, manager of the Transportation Security Administration’s blog. The TSA blog at was one of the first successful social networking efforts by a government agency and has been cited as an example of Government 2.0. Launched in 2008, the blog received over 2,000 comments within the first 3 days, and continues to receive high traffic.

In his presentation titled “Engaging Your Target Audience Using Social Media,” Bob will discuss how the TSA uses social media to engage the public, how you can use social media to support your organization’s mission and decision-making, and best practices for implementing a social media strategy.

The seminar will be followed by the chapter’s annual competition awards and includes a plated lunch.