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August Newsletter

Dear Readers,

This quarter we have been looking at different career paths for technical writers. Last week our webinar focused on Knowledge Management and this month, our live event in Plano will feature a few different speakers that have a technical writing background, but have transitioned to different departments and job titles. 

When applying for jobs, it can be tough and using technical writing as your only search criteria can really limit the opportunities available. I hope that this event will inspire you to think outside of the technical writer box and seek areas you may not have thought about where your technical writing skills can be put to use. There will be time at the end of the talks for you to ask the speakers questions about their careers and seek out advice about their career fields.

We are excited to offer an additional online ticket to this event. Can’t make it to Plano? Now you can join us from your computer using Zoom. We will have speakers on video, and you will have the same opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A. We hope that this online option will provide more flexibility to our attendees.

Best Regards,

Lacey Corbin
NTLSC President

Upcoming Events

Thursday,
August 29
Back to school!
Saturday, September 21

The Lowdown

Knowledge Management

In July’s online webinar, Luciana Alvear Voigt walked us through the basics of Knowledge Management, common factors between Technical Documentation and Knowledge Bases, and shared complemental approach for Technical Writing skills. Different industries are now more mindful and invested in learning more about content management and view it as a corporate asset. Luciana shared the following article that emphasizes this new mindset.

https://www.information-management.com/opinion/knowledge-management-becomes-top-of-mind-again-for-many-firms

Jumping Into Content Strategy

Last month’s online event focused on content curation and creating a corporate content strategy. Healthcare and IT are some of the few industries that can leverage the power of a content strategist to ensure that their content is accurate, complete, and is delivered in a timely manner. How does a technical writer becomes a content strategist? This article walks you through the steps:

https://digitalmarketinginstitute.com/en-us/blog/2017-08-29-what-skills-do-i-need-to-be-a-content-strategist

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Technical Writing Skills

Wondering how to stay relevant and own your career path?
Read Jack Molisani's Be the Captain of Your Career. Click the link below for more information.
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Save the Date!

Google Analytics and Engagement Workshop
September 21, 10am - 3pm
UTD Campus
Speaker: Christopher Ward
This workshop is tailored to teach you the value of analytic driven documentation. It covers topics for the Google beginner to Advanced concepts. Google Analytics Engagement Workshop is the first step in fully understanding what your audience gets out of the documentation you create for them.

Student Writing Contest

The student writing contest has been extended! The new deadline will now be in October. Students that already submitted their entries before the April due date will still be considered, and those that have not submitted already can get theirs in before October.

Click below for more details.
https://victoriamccrady.wixsite.com/writingcontest

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Did You Present at a Conference in 2019?

We are working on our application for the STC Community Achievement Award (CAA) and may periodically ask for help from our members to demonstrate what an active chapter we are and what valuable members we have.

If you are a member of our chapter and you were a presenter at an STC regional conference, the STC Summit, or any relevant non-STC conference in 2019, please let us know. Send your first and last name, the name of the conference, and the presentation topic/title to secretary@stcdfw.org to help us earn points for the award.

Volunteer for the TCBOK

Have you heard about STC’s Body of Knowledge? The mission is “to develop and implement a single knowledge source that concentrates and delivers all that is technical communication – in short, a Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK).” https://www.tcbok.org/

In an effort to help create a complete resource for all things related to the field and practice of technical communication, STC has chartered a volunteer project to develop the (TCBOK).

As a volunteer-powered project, it is essential to identify experienced technical communicators, educators and instructors, and students that are willing to help populate the TCBOK. If you would like to be a part of the team that is constructing what will become globally recognized as the definitive online resource for information on the profession, please email Volunteer4BoK@stc.org.

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Support Our Chapter

We now have an image at the top of our website home page, so use our Amazon Smile link when you purchase from Amazon to donate a portion of the proceeds to our chapter.

Your support of our chapter matters. North Texas Lone Star STC Chapter is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
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Volunteers

Do you have a talent for photography? Are you a people person?
Want to get involved, but don't have a lot of time?
If so, we need your help.
Below are the areas in which we have a need for volunteers.
Contact president@stcdfw.org if you are interested in helping.

Historian
Take pictures at events.
Videographer
Record chapter meetings.
Volunteer Coordinator
Help connect volunteers to their interests.
Short Volunteer Projects
Help with brief or one-time projects.

Want to Get Your Degree or Certificate?

Consider a degree or certificate in Technical Communication. DFW has several local universities with excellent programs, and STC offers their own professional certification program.
 

Society for Technical Communication - Professional Certification at the Foundation, Practitioner, and Expert level. For more information, visit www.stc.org/certification/.

University of North Texas – BA, BS, and MA in Professional and Technical Communication, and Technical Writing Certificate. For more information, visit https://techcomm.unt.edu/.

Texas Christian University – BA in Writing. For more information, visit addran.tcu.edu/english/academics/areas-of-study/undergraduate-programs/ba-writing/.


University of Texas at Arlington – Technical Writing Certificate. For more information, visit www.uta.edu/english/Academics/technicalwriting-certification.
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