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Defining a Body of Knowledge

STC has meant a lot to my professional growth over the past 20+ years as a teacher and practitioner of technical communication, and I want to help STC expand its educational mission for all technical communicators.

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Open Source Alternatives To Tech Pubs Tools

Given how hard it is for students (and their programs) to afford the expensive tools in our profession, I thought it might help to pass along these alternatives to commercial products. I think anyone breaking into the field (or a new type of tool) would do very well to train up on these open source tools and create portfolio pieces with them.

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Seeking Value in Conference Registrations

As a follow-on for an article about return on investment for membership fees, I decided to research the costs associated with regional and national conferences for STC and see how they compare with other conferences that might interest technical communicators.

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Membership Fee Can Offer Return On Investment

Have you ever shopped around when buying a car or electronic gadget? Sure you have. If you don't have time to shop around for a professional organization equivalent to STC, let me be your guide. After seeing this article about STC costs, I decided to use their idea and write an article tuned to our particular chapter and location with information updates for 2006.

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What To Do When Unemployed

Lost your technical communicator job? Wondering what to do? Wondering where to go?

This article is intended for two main groups of technical communicators:
  • Those of us who are out of a job
  • Those of us who are looking ahead for the next job

by Wanda Hill, STC Austin Employment Director

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