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February Newsletter

President's Letter

Dear Readers,

“Technical Writing is my dream job.”  How often have we heard that phrase?

Last month, I was fortunate enough to speak to the students at the Department of Technical Communication at the University of North Texas. As excited as I was to interact with the next generation of technical communicators, I was also thrilled to see their passion and love for the industry.  

Indeed, for many, technical writing is their dream job. I wanted to know why?

The reasons were many. They want to be at the forefront of documenting the newest technology, working with the brightest minds but, most of all, it is to create content that enables users to accomplish whatever tasks they need to achieve. With that as their goal, the students are eager to learn in school and beyond. 

As I reflect, besides the many avenues, the one that has helped me the most has been my mentors and coaches. With this same intention, the NTLSC chapter launched a mentoring program last year. The program has continued to grow as we work with our local universities to mentor technical communications students.

Our mentoring program aims to prepare students to enter the professional world and put their best foot forward. 

If you are an STC member and interested in mentoring a student, please write to mentoring_leadership@stcdfw.org

To learn more about our mentoring program, please visit http://stcdfw.org/mentoring-program/

We would love to have you on board. 

Best,

Zohra Mutabanna
NTLSC President

VP's Corner

From our First VP

Welcome to STC Lone Star's "VP Corner!" A new section where the First and Second VPs share their thoughts, knowledge, and experience of both the tech comm world and being a North Texas Lone Star Chapter member! Allow us to introduce ourselves...

Hi! I'm Faith Peralta, human to Raleigh, the grumpy-yet-loveable Chihuahua! I'm a part-time photographer, t.v. show critic, amateur chef, and interior designer; as well as a full-time technical writer and lover of innovative content design and minimalistic content delivery! I have a Bachelor's from UNT in English. I can write you a poem and teach you how to use a software application! I stepped into the role of Second VP sometime in 2020 and I am having fun in my new 2021 role as First VP! I look forward to sharing my tech comm perspective with you all! Have a wonderful February and look for future "VP Corner" content from Addison and me throughout this year! Cheers!


From our Second VP

I currently work as a Junior Technical Writer. The technical topics that I like to write about are aviation, software, and video games. I really enjoy creating and transforming information around technical topics and making them quickly and easily accessible to their users. When I’m not working, I enjoy visiting the Texas coastline, exploring local history and nature museums, playing basketball, and spending quality time with my family.

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Links to API Documentation Tutorial Link

Are you looking for ways to develop and learn more about API documentation? Tom Johnson offers a course on his website on how to document APIs using open source.

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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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