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October 2011 News & Notes

STC News & Notes

 

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Membership is Now Open

The membership season for 2012 is now open! Renew your STC membership and continue to be where it all comes together. Education, connections, professional development -- STC provides all that and more for technical communicators around the world! Visit the STC website to renew your membership for next year.

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Save Money on Your Membership

Save money on your membership by telling a coworker or colleague about STC. For every member you refer to STC who then joins, you'll get $10 off your membership, up to $50 off total. Just make sure your referral lists you when signing up. Help spread the word about STC and get a bonus to boot, with our Member Get a Member Campaign. Click the link for full details.

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You're Invited to STC's Virtual Conference

STC is hosting a virtual conference on 9 November, with moderator Saul Carliner and nine online sessions in three areas. This unique, daylong, virtual event will present recent research in three areas of interest to technical communicators: Social Media and Technical Communication, the Impact of New Technologies on the Technical Communication Processes, and Issues on Communicating Online. See the preliminary program, with session titles, presenters, and descriptions when available, online.

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Become a Certified Professional Technical Communicator

Become a Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) as a charter member! To encourage as many people as possible to begin the certification process in 2011, the STC Certification Commission is offering special charter rates to anyone who applies for certification by 31 December 2011. Pay an application fee of $99 now, and that locks in a special charter rate for your assessment fee at $495 when you submit the evaluation packet for your assessment. That's $100 less than the regular assessment fee of $595. Visit the CPTC Web page for full details, including prerequisites, information on the Certification Commission, the application process, and an FAQ.

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What Should STC's Vision Be?

The Board of Directors is considering changing the Society's vision statement, and Fello anw and Strategic Planning manager is gathering input. What do you think STC's vision statement would be? Per Kunz, a vision statement answers the question, “What would the world look like if everything went perfectly for STC and the people we serve?” Visit STC's Notebook and share your thoughts, or respond on Twitter with #stcvision.

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Listen to a Podcast about the Salary Database

Listen to a 40-minute interview with Rick O'Sullivan and Mark Clifford talking about the Salary Database and what you can find inside it. O'Sullivan is STC's econominst with decades of experience working with government statistics, while Clifford is the owner and president of a techcomm recruiting/consulting firm. Together they tackle questions ranging from what’s included in the Salary Database, the importance of the statistics used, and how to use the report to start, evolve, or benefit your career. They discuss the geographic, professional, and positional information included in the Database and the many ways it can be used. See the Salary Database page to listen and to order the STC Salary Database.

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Education Events

STC's Education continues in November, with six live Web seminars plus the start of two more multi-week certificate courses. Join Sharon Burton for the certificate course Topic-Based Authoring from 1 November to 13 December, or sign up for Instructional Design for e-Learning with Phylise Banner, from 2 November-14 December.

Or take advantage of STC's calendar of webinars for November! Six webinars, ranging from social media to mobile content, CMSs to UX, and content to BMP, are available throughout the month. Visit the live Web seminar page for the full calendar. Just click on the webinar of interest for details and to register!

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Community Events

STC's Chapters and SIGs hold regular events throughout the year, many of which are virtual and open to all STC members. Bookmark the Community Events page on STC's Notebook and keep an eye on events from STC's communities!

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STC's Notebook has compiled links to technical communication blogs, including the top 25 most influential bloggers (as named by MindTouch), member blogs, and important nonmember blogs. See the current list here. Want to see yours included? Email Kevin Cuddihy with the URL.

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Links of Interest

STC's Notebook provides a weekly set of Links of Interest most Fridays, with links to blogs and articles discovered through Twitter, emails, and other means over the previous week. The new News and Notes will include links to those blog postings so you can review the Links of Interest at your leisure. If you have a link you think other STC members would be interested in, please email Kevin Cuddihy.