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#38665

2012 Judging Day: Another Successful Competition

On a beautiful fall morning in November, a sizable group of STC volunteers gathered on the SAS campus in Cary for the 2012 Judging Day, an annual event for evaluating and critiquing entries from businesses in the area.

Bryan, Bill. Carolina Communique (2012). Articles>TC

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#36900

22 Things STC Does for Communities

22 things STC is doing for our chapter. This list provides a detailed education on the relationship between Society and our chapter.

Buttram, Diana. Carolina Communique (2009). Articles>TC>Standards

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#38845

The $250 Question

STC membership has declined over the years. Yearly membership fees sharply increased several years ago, and fewer employers pay for membership in professional organizations. Folks question the yearly membership fees. “What do I get for $250 a year? Webinars that I have to pay for and two magazines.”

Loring, Sheila. Carolina Communique (2013). Articles>TC

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#38629

50 Years in the Making: An Interview with Andrew Malcolm

On July 28, 2012, Jamie Gillenwater interviewed Andrew Malcolm, a member of Education & Research, Accessibility and the STC Rochester chapter.. Jamie and Andrew met at the 2012 Annual Conference honors banquet in Chicago. Jamie asked for an interview to explore how Andrew became a technical communicator.

Gillenwater, Jamie. Carolina Communique (2012). Articles>Interviews

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#38630

5th Grade Grammar: Take the Quiz!

If you think your grammar skills are top notch, take this 5th grade grammar quiz to find out!

Eftekhar, Christina. Carolina Communique (2012). Articles>Writing>Grammar

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#31840

A Team Approach to Information Architecture

A case study of a team approach to information architecture at Duke University by graduates of the Duke Continuing Studies Technical Communication Certificate program.

Olson, Amy, Sangita Koli and Dino Ruggiero. Carolina Communique (2008). Articles>Business Communication>Information Design>Content Management

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#38256

An Accidental Affair

I always knew I was destined to be a writer (even my kindergarten teacher bragged about my stories because they actually had a beginning, middle, and an end). I just didn't know how I would get there.

Eftekhar, Christina. Carolina Communique (2011). Careers>Writing

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#28170

Accounting: A+ in Your Column

To save yourself heartache, introduce the accounting department to the idea of measuring the total value returned minus the cost of documentation. After all, if the accounting department understands one thing, it's saving (or attempting to) save money. If you can show them that, yes, you did do fewer pages, but it saved three days of your time and managerial review, four thousand dollars in printing, and many hours of customer service dealing with disgruntled users, the department may be more understanding.

Brautman, Heather. Carolina Communique (2004). Careers>TC

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#38924

Achieving Balance: Work, Play, and Down Time

No two people are alike, and different balancing tactics work for different people. Try some of these approaches to strike a healthy balance between work, social, and personal time.

Dragonette, Laura. Carolina Communique (2014). Articles>Careers>Time Management

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#28187

Acrobat Features Turbocharge the Online Review Process

One of the more tedious and error-prone processes in technical writing is that of collaborative document review. Even when documents are shared electronically, keeping track of comments, suggestions, and changes contributed by multiple team members can be exasperating. Too often errors due to collaborative review lead to delays, missed deadlines, misunderstandings and an inaccurate final document.

Gravel, Charlie. Carolina Communique (2003). Articles>Document Design>Software>Adobe Acrobat

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#29795

An Almost Final Farewell to Desktop Word Processing

The era of desktop publishing is over, and I must bid Microsoft Word and several other desktop applications good-bye. In case you think I'm singling out Microsoft, it's not just MS Word, but also OpenOffice, GoogleOffice, or any application that makes what we used to call 'documents'. Nowadays, I'm simply using a wiki for collaborative information sharing and a blog for online reporting.

Albing, Bill. Carolina Communique (2007). Articles>Word Processing>Online>Wikis

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#29273

America the Beautiful

Writers of English have choices. Most every word we commit to paper (or its electronic equivalent) has a synonym

Wenger, Andrea. Carolina Communique (2007). Articles>Writing>Grammar>Tropes

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#38928

Another Year, Another Award

We are proud to announce that, for the seventh year in a row, our online, wiki-based, publication, the Carolina Communiqué, has been awarded an APEX Award of Excellence!

Sapir, Rick. Carolina Communique (2014). Articles

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#38951

The App World: Are We Too Reliant on Technology?

The field of techcomm is always finding new and more efficient methods of working and relaying information. As a result, we've essentially revolutionized the processes by which people perform even the most mundane tasks. There's an app for everything now--you can board a plane without printing a ticket, access website content geared specifically for your device, control just about every electronic in your home remotely, and even talk into your phone to find the nearest Starbucks.

Dragonette, Laura. Carolina Communique (2014). Articles>Communication

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#39112

Review: April 2015 Chapter Meeting Summary: Gretyl Kinsey on Content Strategy

Gretyl Kinsey, technical consultant at Scriptorium Publishing Services, gave an entertaining and informative presentation on content strategy at the April STC Carolina chapter meeting. Gretyl's presentation was followed by a lively question-and-answer session.

Sprankle, Catherine. Carolina Communique (2015). Articles>Reviews>Content Strategy

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#39133

Review: Audience is King: The Significance of DITA

The Darwin Information Technical Architecture (DITA) workshop, hosted by the STC Carolina Chapter on Saturday, October 17, taught me one fundamental thing about DITA – that audience is the focus of any good technical writer.

Nubee, Sajdah. Carolina Communique (2015). Articles>Reviews>DITA

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#28153

Automating Production with WebWorks AutoMap

WebWorks AutoMap is an extremely useful tool for performing unattended documentation builds. Out of the box, AutoMap can generate reasonable documents. By adding the power of scripting, the results can be amazing.

Bate, Simon. Carolina Communique (2006). Articles>Documentation>Software>Word Processing

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#38908

Becoming an Expert Scribe

Most technical communicators cringe when asked, “Would you take notes at this meeting?” We can be pegged as great scribe candidates for silly reasons such as “Writers must be able to type quickly” or for serious reasons such as “You have great attention to detail.”

Kinder, Meredith. Carolina Communique (2014). Articles>Writing

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#28171

Behind the Scenes of Creating Value

There's a lot of volunteer work that that goes on behind the scenes by chapter members to create value. Today, I'm inviting you to get involved so you can take part in and benefit from creating value.

Koster-Lenhardt, Victoria 'Vici'. Carolina Communique (2004). Articles>TC>Community Building>Volunteering

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#28163

Benefits Too Great to Miss

To get the most out of your STC membership--take action. Join a committee, write an article for the newsletter, go to a workshop, volunteer for the chapter conference.

Feldman, Diane. Carolina Communique (2006). Articles>TC>Community Building>STC

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#34700

Best Practices for Online Review

Marking up paper is still the most common way to review documents, but online review is critical if you work as part of a distributed team. There are advantages to online review even if you sit only a cubicle away from your reviewer. Here are few tips for making your online reviews go smoothly.

Smith, Terry. Carolina Communiqué (2009). Articles>Editing>Online>Collaboration

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#36904

Review: Best Practices for Online Review

Marking up paper is still the most common way to review documents, but online review is critical if you work as part of a distributed team. There are advantages to online review even if you sit only a cubicle away from your reviewer. Here are few tips for making your online reviews go smoothly.

Smith, Terry. Carolina Communique (2009). Articles>Reviews>Online

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#34157

Breaking into Freelance Writing

This article offers tips on breaking into the field of freelance writing—some from Alice Osborn herself, some from two of the books she recommends: "Secrets of a Freelance Writer" by Robert W. Bly; and "The Renegade Writer" by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell.

Wenger, Andrea. Carolina Communique (2009). Careers>Freelance>Writing>Technical Writing

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#34699

A Brief Orientation to E-Learning

What is E-learning? E-learning is a general term that refers to education delivered using various forms of digital media such as the internet, video conferencing, audio, animation, and virtual environments. A course delivered using these tools, combined with face-to-face learning from an instructor, is referred to as blended learning.

Hall, Julia. Carolina Communiqué (2009). Articles>Education>Online

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#36903

A Brief Orientation to E-Learning

E-learning is a general term that refers to education delivered using various forms of digital media such as the internet, video conferencing, audio, animation, and virtual environments. A course delivered using these tools, combined with face-to-face learning from an instructor, is referred to as blended learning.

Hall, Julia. Carolina Communique (2009). Articles>Education>Online

 
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