Swagger UI and the Open API Specification

Have you ever been interested in learning more about APIs and API documentation? It’s one of the fastest growing areas of technical communication, and it’s quickly becoming a common job requirement. APIs, or application programming interfaces, are sets of functions and methods that allow you to interface to a program or service running on another computer. APIs have become increasingly prevalent, and more technical writers are needed to document the core functionality of these APIs. Continue reading “Swagger UI and the Open API Specification”

West Metro Detroit WordPress Launches

West Metro Detroit WordPress, a meetup, launched in Plymouth on January 9 at Grand Traverse Pie. Meetups are planned for the third Tuesday of each month and are open to everyone who uses WordPress, from business owners to bloggers, writers, tech communicators, photographers, designers, developers, digital strategists, etc.

The next meetup is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20, at Grand Traverse Pie in Plymouth; event details will be posted soon.

Ignite UX Proposal Deadline Is Fast Approaching

This year Ignite UX will be on Tuesday, March 20, in downtown Ann Arbor. What is Ignite UX? Back-to back presentations, each consisting of 20 slides in five minutes on any UX topic. The slides will advance relentlessly. Will you keep up?

Submit your talk idea by January 24, 2018. You will need to propose a title and description, each no longer than a tweet—140 characters.

NEO-STC Presents Become a Strategic Communicator

STC Associate Fellow David Caruso will be NEO-STC’s first speaker of the new program year.

In this virtual presentation, Caruso will encourage us to think more from a business point of view so that we can feel more appreciated for the tasks we perform.

If you happen to be in the Cleveland area that evening, you could attend in person, but the rest of us in SE Michigan can attend virtually. For more information, and to register, go to NEO-STC’s registration for the program, Become a Strategic Communicator.

Spring Conferences Are in the Air

Spring is finally here, and so is a wide array of professional conferences to attend. You may remember my recap of the STC Summit last year and my belief in the value of attending professional conferences. With the long, dreary winter days behind us, spring is the perfect time to reenergize, set new goals, expand your network, learn something new, and reawaken that drive to advance your career, or even consider a career change. Continue reading “Spring Conferences Are in the Air”

IUE Conference is Back in Ann Arbor

IUE2017 will be at the Morris Lawrence Conference Center, on the east side of Washtenaw Community College’s campus on the eastern edge of Ann Arbor. The conference runs from 1 pm on Monday, April 24, through 5 pm on Tuesday, April 25. Peter Morville will give the opening keynote presentation, and Stephanie Rosenbaum will give the keynote presentation on Tuesday. Continue reading “IUE Conference is Back in Ann Arbor”

CyberLaw and You: What New Media Communicators Must Know

Christopher Juillet, STC Fellow and STC-SM chapter member, will be presenting a talk for Northeast Ohio STC on Thursday, March 9, about legal issues that could affect technical communicators who develop content for or do business on the internet.

If you are planning to be in or near Cleveland on March 9— Beechwood is a suburb east of Cleveland — the presentation will be at Homewood Suites by Hilton, Cleveland-Beachwood. Preregistration is required.

STC Rochester’s Spectrum 2017 Conference Registration Is Open

STC Rochester is proud to announce that registration is now open for the Spectrum 2017 Technical Communication conference, March 26-28, 2017 at the Rochester Institute of Technology, featuring keynote speaker, Joe Gollner. Our theme this year is Optimizing Your Role in an Evolving Profession. Continue reading “STC Rochester’s Spectrum 2017 Conference Registration Is Open”

Local AMWA Chapter Conference on May 14

The American Medical Writers Association Michigan Chapter Conference will convene at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Registration will be at the door.

We got a note from Mitchell Seymour, Chapter President, asking that you please let him know if you will be coming by the end of business on Wednesday, May 12, so they will have an accurate head count for food.