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By Catherine Sprankle, Chapter Member :::: A proposal for a federal government contract I recently contributed to contained the statement “All contract deliverables, web content or communication materials will conform to Section 508 accessibility standards.” If you know what that means and (more importantly) know what to do to address that requirement, you can become more valuable to your client or team. This article provides an overview of what Section 508 is and the kinds of things that need to be done to comply with its requirements. What “Section 508” is “Section 508” refers to an amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Rehabilitation Act states that U.S. federal government information and services will be made available equal... Read More

By Rick Sapir, STC Associate Fellow and Chapter Webmaster Triangle Employment Network presented by STC Carolina employment.stc-carolina.orgIf you haven't visited the Carolina Chapter's Job Bank and Employment Resources in a while, you're in for a surprise. We have reworked the entire section, making it more useful for job seekers and easier for employers to add or update their information. The new Triangle Employment Network (TEN) has two main sections that can help you find employment in the Triangle area (and also help local employers find talented techcomm-ers). Employer Database The first part of the TEN is a searchable directory of local companies and employment agencies. We've collected contact information for many of the Triangle... Read More

By Ann-Marie Grissino, STC Fellow, STC Carolina Chapter Member, Information Engineering at NetApp ::::So, your technical communications group wants to jump into social media. How does your group start? What do you tweet about? Here is a short set of guidelines, certainly not exhaustive, but something to get you going. Develop a strategy for tweeting Before you begin, develop a strategy for how you are going to handle social media in your group. Consider the following: Review corporate and legal guidelines. Use one group email or blog location for your group’s tweets. That way, many people are contributing to the tweets for your group rather than individuals. Agree on the hashtags to use to categorize the tweets consistently. Decide on ca... Read More

By Ann-Marie Grissino, STC Fellow Mentors In September 2014, STC Carolina launched the STC Carolina Mentoring Program and Mentoring Database, where professionals can connect to establish mentor/mentee relationships that foster personal and professional growth. In September, we hosted a Mentor session hosted by Stan Dicks at North Carolina State University, where we had approximately 25 mentors who visited with about 30 mentees. The session used a speed-dating format, where mentees spent five minutes with a mentor to see if the mentor might be a good fit for them. By the time that the session was over, the mentors were exhausted but still smiling. As one mentor said, “It was fun to be a part of the mentoring evening!” Statistics As of Jan... Read More

By Ann-Marie Grissino, STC Fellow, STC Carolina Chapter Member, Information Engineering at NetApp ::::So, your technical communications group wants to jump into social media. How does your group start? What do you tweet about? Here is a short set of guidelines, certainly not exhaustive, but something to get you going. Develop a strategy for tweeting Before you begin, develop a strategy for how you are going to handle social media in your group. Consider the following: Review corporate and legal guidelines. Use one group email or blog location for your group’s tweets. That way, many people are contributing to the tweets for your group rather than individuals. Agree on the hashtags to use to categorize the tweets consistently. Decide on ca... Read More




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