Announcing the Chapter’s LinkedIn Group

For LinkedIn members who belong to the Washington, DC Chapter, we now have a group in LinkedIn. To join the group, go to

Joining will allow you to find and contact other STC Washington, DC Chapter members on LinkedIn. The goal of this group is to help members:

  • Reach other members of STC Washington, DC Chapter
  • Accelerate careers/business through referrals from STC Washington, DC Chapter Group members
  • Know more than a name – view rich professional profiles from fellow STC Washington, DC Chapter Group members

To join the Society for Technical Communication group, go to

What is LinkedIn?

Your professional success often depends on your professional relationships. LinkedIn is professional networking that helps you get in touch or get back in touch with people who have helped or can help your career, find a new job, or find a client. If there is someone you’ve worked with that you’d like to give a recommendation for—you don’t have to wait to be asked to write one. Write it now—surprise them. They get a chance to review it and decide whether or not to post it to their profile. You may also request recommendations from your co-workers or bosses (three gets you to 100% of your profile if you’ve filled out everything else in the profile.) LinkedIn has many groups you can join such as alumni groups of corporations and universities, special interests, professional, and more. Search for ones to join at

LinkedIn is an online network of more than 25 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries.

When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients, and partners. You can add more connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you.

Your network consists of your connections, your connections’ connections, and the people they know, linking you to thousands of qualified professionals.

Through your network you can

  • Find potential clients, service providers, subject experts, and partners who come recommended
  • Be found for business opportunities
  • Search for great jobs
  • Discover inside connections that can help you land jobs and close deals
  • Post and distribute job listings
  • Find high-quality passive candidates
  • Get introduced to other professionals through the people you know

LinkedIn is free to join.

LinkedIn participates in the EU Safe Harbor Privacy Framework and is certified to meet the strict privacy guidelines of the European Union. All relationships on LinkedIn are mutually confirmed, and no one appears in the LinkedIn Network without knowledge and explicit consent.

– LinkedIn

Chapter Salary Survey is Live

On August 13 an email with a link to the 2008 STC WDCB Salary Survey went out to all chapter members. To date, 101 responses have come in. We’re keeping the survey open until September 13. If you haven’t received your invitation, contact the Events Manager. You may also want to check your spam folder to see if the invitation is in there.

Interesting results so far! One hint: the professional skill respondents would most like to develop is content management. Full results will only be available to chapter members. Yet another great reason to join STC WDCB today!

WDC Chapter Open House & Competition Winners Exhibit

Join us for the STC Washington, DC Chapter's 2008 Open House and Exhibit. Be inspired by winning entries from the 2007-2008 STC International Technical Art and Technical Publications Competitions, meet new people, and reconnect with old friends.

Our Open House is an informal event during which you can mingle with other chapter members and guests, learn more about the chapter, and enjoy delicious food and drinks catered by Whole Foods. New this year is our display of the traveling exhibit of winning entries from STC's International Technical Art and Technical Publications Competitions. These are the information products that won highest honors a Distinguished Technical Communication award at their chapter competitions of origin. They then competed with similar entries from around the world and won again at the international level. To enhance your appreciation of these fine examples of technical communication, actual judging comments will be displayed with each entry, allowing you to learn exactly what made it worthy of an international award, and perhaps then emulating those qualities in your own work.

We love students! Each paying attendee may bring a full-time high school or college student as your guest for free! To ensure sufficient refreshments, student guests must register.

All are welcome. Want to invite a friend, co-worker, or prospective member? Send them an invitation when you register.

Thursday, October 2, 2008 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

NRECA Conference Center
4301 Wilson Boulevard
Room CC1
Arlington, VA 22203
Directions to the event.


  • Competition Committee: Free
  • Complimentary Student Guest: Free for students accompanied by a paid attendee
  • Chapter Volunteer: 15.00
  • Student (Member or Nonmember): 15.00
  • STC WDC Member: 20.00
  • Nonmember Volunteer: 20.00
  • STC Member (Non-WDC): 20.00
  • STC Society Office: 20.00
  • Nonmember: 25.00

Pay by check or PayPal. For PayPal payment, go to

Register on the Cvent Event Summary page (scroll to the bottom). Download a PDF of the event description and registration information.

RSVP: Friday, September 26, 2008

STC Chooses One of Its Own for Editor Position

Elizabeth Pohland has been selected as the new editor of Intercom, the monthly magazine of the Society for Technical Communication. For many years, Pohland, a Washington, DC chapter member, served the Folger Shakespeare Library as editor and designer of the scholarly journal Shakespeare Quarterly, as consultant to the Folger Magazine (a membership publication), and as contributor to the Folger website and branding, among multiple other publications and multimedia projects.

Pohland brings to Intercom over ten years of extensive experience as an editor, content and production manager, designer, and writer. She introduced usability and readability standards to the Folger’s publications, and she has researched new technologies in editorial management software. Her freelance editing includes topics as diverse as Japanese animé, baseball, and memoirs.

"We are especially pleased to have selected an editor with excellent credentials who is also an STC member and understands technical communication," said Susan Burton, STC executive director. "I was also excited to see several candidates mention they were STC members in their resumes."

Pohland received her bachelor’s degree in English and French from Hollins University; a master’s in English from Virginia Tech University, where she interned with distinguished professor and poet Nikki Giovanni and won an award for her thesis; and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University.

Congratulations from all of us in your home chapter, Elizabeth!