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STC PMC Newsletter 2011-02


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STC PMC Newsletter February 2011

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STC PMC Newsletter 2011-02

  1. 1. Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. About Us Events Membership News & Views February 2011 In case you haven't heard, we have our regional STC Mid-Atlantic Technical Communication Conference coming up soon. It includes a keynote presentation by Don Moyer and 12 sessions from well- known STC leaders (Alan Houser, Bernard Ashwanden, Cheyl Landes, Nicky Bliel, Alice Preston, Barrie Byron, and others). This is our biggest event and scholarship fundraiser - plus we've priced it very aggressively for those who renew their 2011 STC membership and join our local chapter (only $70). Also, we still have limited space for Don Moyer's full-day workshop onFriday, March 25. It's only $50 for chapter members and includes a free companion workbook. I wish to thank everyone who attended our February 9th meeting, which was presented by Joe Welinske fromWritersUA. It was a great meeting with a big turnout and an informative opening session by Mike Sauber from Epilogue Systems, who sponsored the event. We've got more great programs in store for 2011, so please take the time to renew your 2011 STC membership and take advantage of the special offers and benefits that come with membership (if you haven't done so already). Meanwhile, please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or suggestions on how the chapter might better serve your needs - I'd appreciate hearing from you. Cheers! Todd DeLuca President, STC-PMC Join STC Now
  2. 2. Conference & Workshop Schedule Friday, March 25, 2011 - Workshop Don Moyer Workshop Building Better Visual Explanations: Practical Advice for Writers 9:00am to 4:00pm Check-in begins at 8:30am, Lunch at 12:00pm Space limited to 20 people, so visit our Workshop Registration page for details: Registration Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Conference Check-in begins at 8:30am, 12 Conference sessions are available. 9:00am to 9:30am Opening Announcements and Awards 9:30am to 10:45am Exploring Visual Explanations, Don Moyer 11:00am to 12:00pm Virtual Success, Ann Grove and Barrie Byron Personas, Designing Engaging Content for Customer Intimacy, Donn DeBoard Introduction to DITA, Bernard Aschwanden 12:00pm to 1:00pm Lunch and Presentation, Lori Corbett 1:00pm to 2:00pm A Realistic Approach to Content Management with MS SharePoint, Nicky Bleiel Experience an Index Usability Test, Cheryl Landes Task Analysis to DITA Map, Alan Houser 2:15pm to 3:15pm Mobilizing Your Content, Nad Rosenberg User Experience Design & Usability, Alice Preston Using the DITA Open Toolkit, Alan Houser 3:30pm to 4:30pm Expanding Your Role in Your Organization, Gary Sternberg and Barrie Byron Using Screencasts for Effective User Assistance, Avi Solomon Building an Information Architecture Using Daisy CMS, Peter Dykstra and Steve Lungren Visit our Conference Registration page for details: Registration March 2011 STC-PMC Workshop Friday, March 25 8:30am - 4:30pm Willow Grove Giant 315 York Road Willow Grove, PA 19090 STC-PMC Conference Saturday, March 26 8:30am - 4:30pm Willow Grove Giant 315 York Road Willow Grove, PA 19090 Visit the Events page of the STC-PMC website for more information.
  3. 3. February Meeting Notes Joe Welinske, President of Writers UA, presented An Overview of Trends, Tools, and Technologies in Software User Assistance at the STC PMC meeting this month. User assistance is of increasing importance, especially in the mobile phone arena where UA has been particularly lacking. This will be of interest to technical writers because UA is a part of content development, project planning, and browser-based help. Welinske recommends learning about the development of smartphones (their software development kits are usually available online.) Also, learn about apps and notice how current ones can be improved, and what can be innovated. While it may be difficult to write "shorter," it will be a satisfying challenge to tackle. How Did You Get Into The Technical Communication Field? I sort of fell into technical communication. I used to be in marketing communications and got laid off. Dr. Dolores Lehr (still a PMC member) suggested I apply for the software job that was advertised in News & Views. I applied and got the job (Motorola). I have a head for technical things, so I did more than software documentation (engineering, safety, chemistry). I got a job at DuPont and have been here more or less since that time. - Carolyn Luttrell, BA, English - MA, English - MEEP, Master of Energy and Environmental Policy If you would like to share your story of how you got into the Technical Communication field, please contact the Newsletter Editor. Newsletter Editor Support Our Scholarship Fund! STC-PMC is glad to be able to offer an academic scholarship award to a deserving college-level student studying in a related technical communication field. The STC-PMC Scholarship Committee is still accepting scholarship applications through mid-March 2011. This scholarship is awarded in spring of 2011 at the Mid-Atlantic Technical Communication Conference for the following academic year. Contact the Scholarship Coordinator or visit our Scholarship page for more information. Scholarship Coordinator Scholarship Page
  4. 4. Turner Investments is Hiring! CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS WRITER Do you have a bachelor's degree, writing skills, and writing samples? If you answered yes, Lisa Cantwell at Turner Investments is interested. In the role of Corporate Communications Writer, you will obtain background information and produce written materials as needed for institutional, mutual-fund, and managed-account businesses, and internal and external needs that are clear, accurate, readable, and interesting. Written materials include news releases, newsletter features, letters, quarterly, semiannual, and annual performance commentaries and reports, market summaries, Web site text, feature articles, presentations, position papers, Sector Focus and Taking Stock commentaries, and scripts for videos. For more details about this position and contact information, visit our Careers page. View email in browser |Unsubscribe | Update your profile | Forward to a friend Join us on Facebook Copyright (C) 2012 STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter All rights reserved. You are receiving this message because you've previously indicated that you are willing to receive STC- PMC chapter-related information. If this is not the case, please click the Unsubscribe link and you will no longer receive chapter announcements. Please Note: We do not sell, distribute, or share the names or e-mail addresses of any subscribers to STC-PMC publications (including our newsletter and announcements). STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter PO Box 214 Lionville, Pennsylvania 19353 Add us to your address book Sent to << Test Email Address >> — why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list | update subscription preferences STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter · PO Box 214 · Lionville, Pennsylvania 19353