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 Society Election 2017 Is Open

The 2017 election slate is now available. Members have to have paid their dues by February 1 to vote. An email from STC Election,at intelliscaninc.net, should have arrived in your Inbox on February 27. There is a link, your member number, and a password for you to use. For your vote to count, you must click Submit Vote after reviewing it.

Voting closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 10.

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Using Camtasia: A Video-Creation Tool for Documentation Professionals

This presentation will introduce the topic of instructional design as it relates to help content and show how to make a video tutorial.

We’ll reverse engineer a high-performing tutorial video and show the steps it took to create it. This will provide participants with the opportunity to see how instructional design concepts are applied in the practical process of video creation. register(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stc-sm.org Continue reading “Using Camtasia: A Video-Creation Tool for Documentation Professionals”

News From Nearby STC Chapters

We’ve received links from nearby chapters that may be of interest to you.

The Northeast Ohio chapter’s Line & Letters newsletter has some interesting posts to check out, including a tip for identifying passive voice with zombies and a recap of an STC webinar about search engine optimization.

Chicago’s chapter takes a different approach. They post a bimonthly PDF newsletter, Byline, which covers local and national STC news.

Reading news from nearby chapters will give you more of an idea about STC as a whole. Thank you to MK Grueneberg of STC Chicago and Sara Buchanan of NEO STC for sending the links.

Recap of Panel on Trends in Tech Comm

On Monday, February 13, panelists John Baker, Rich Leazer, and Bob Powell convened in the Welcome Center at Lawrence Tech to focus on three questions:

  1. Why does communication matter in the workplace?
  2. What types of internal and external communication are used?
  3. How is communication accomplished and what are the trends?
Panelists John Baker, Rich Leazer, and Bob Powell listen as moderator Corinne Stavish speaks.

Throughout the discussion, the panel focused on the need to be clear and concise, provide context, and be correct. They considered anticipating users’ needs, understanding audience, and the importance of interpersonal communication regardless of changing technology.  Continue reading “Recap of Panel on Trends in Tech Comm”

Introducing Our Panelists for the Trends in Tech Comm Program

We would like to introduce the three panelists who are joining us on Monday evening, February 13, at Lawrence Tech’s Welcome Center for our program, Trends in Tech Comm: Bob Powell, retired GM Technical Fellow/Battery Systems Lab Group Manager; Rich Leazer, Manager—DocTrain, Education & Training, Health Information Technology & Services at the University of Michigan; and John Baker, a supervisor at Thomson-Reuters and recent Lawrence Tech graduate. Continue reading “Introducing Our Panelists for the Trends in Tech Comm Program”

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”

Trends in Tech Comm: Skills and Opportunities

Please join us on Monday, February 13, for a panel discussion of trends in the types of opportunities and skills that are needed now and those that may be needed in the next few years in technical communication in the workplace. If you are a student or a working technical communicator who is considering your next career move, this program is for you. register(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stc-sm.org here.
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Casual Holiday Mixer Is Dec 13

Time to take a break from shopping, wrapping, and mailing!

Come and network with fellow STC/SM members—and non-members too—and join in the conversation at a convivial and relaxing gathering. There will not be a reserved room, so join us at the bar. Feel free to bring a friend. Everyone is welcome.

In previous years, longtime STC/SM members mingled with newer and prospective members and members of the UX community and AMWA to learn more about writing prospects in this area, exchange war stories, and just have a few good laughs over drinks and food. There is no entrance fee, but everyone will be responsible for their own meal and drinks. Ask the host to be directed to our area if we have already moved from the bar to a table.

    • When: Tuesday, December 13, 2016, anytime from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
    • Where: Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub, 318 South Main St., Ann Arbor, Michigan. There is a parking lot just behind the pub with an entrance on South Ashley St.

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