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Catch Every Word at the Touch of a Pen
By Gail Lorzing, STC Carolina Chapter Member :::: Being new to the technical communications profession, but not to researching and speaking with SMEs and product users, I knew there must be a device for recording other than a phone or pocket recorder. I wondered, "What are college students using?" James Bond had all the gadgets back in the 60’s so why couldn’t I? After several internet searches I found it. The Echo Smartpen from Livescribe. User reviews were excellent with a high customer support rating and the majority of people having no pen issues. For less than $150, I purchased the Livescribe Echo Smartpen with 2GB of storage. Per the Livescribe website 2GB will give you 200 hours of recording time and over 1000 pages of notes. The
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Introducing the STC Carolina 2016-2017 Board
By Lindsay K. Saunders, Director of Communications and Managing Editor of the Newsletter Elections concluded in June and we have a new board for 2016 - 2017. We gathered in July for a Vision Day to hammer out chapter goals, program details, and other things we hope to accomplish in the next year! Meet the New Board! President - Christina Mayr ::::Christina Mayr has been volunteering with STC Carolina since 2007, most recently as President 2015-2016, helping to clench another Platinum Award for the Chapter. Before that, Christina served as secretary and managing editor for the newsletter. As President again, Christina has her sights set on a productive and engaging year, with programs designed around traditional technical commun
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TechComm and Translation to the Publishing Industry
By Laura Dragonette, Communications Manager ::::As someone who grew up in the Triangle area surrounded by a thriving community of techcomm, business, and science, I somehow ended up taking the creative route and moving to New York City to work in book publishing. I work in custom textbook publishing, to be specific, which is focused on creating textbooks that specifically fit a professor’s class needs. In my job, I find connections to what I’ve learned from the techcomm world on a daily basis. I’ve learned to expect the unexpected in custom, since you never know what the next professor might request. I think a key skill in any field of techcomm is problem solving; there’s always going to be something you’ve never done before, and you’ll ha
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From Pharmacy Technician to Hopeful Technical Writer
By Lisa Parys, STC Carolina Student Member ::::The first moment I read about technical writing, I was hooked. I remember thinking, "I could do that!" It sounded like the perfect career choice. When reading technical manuals and other documents I often thought about how to make the instructions more digestible. Other times I marvelled about how easy the writer made it for me to follow the instructions. Ever since then, I have been trying to get myself there. Technical writing will give me the chance to finally make a good salary from my writing. I would no longer need to struggle just to have the privilege of doing something that I enjoy — creating. I'd love to be able to make someone's life easier, even if just for one day. If reade
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