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By Catherine Sprankle, Chapter Member ::::If you’re a “certain age” you may remember when Baskin Robbins advertised its 31 flavors of ice cream: a different one for every day of the month. Sometimes it seems like there are almost that many different “flavors” of editing. But agreeing on whether a “copy edit” or “content edit” is required for a project is a lot more complicated than deciding between chocolate and vanilla ice cream, and the meanings of the names for various levels of editing are less universally understood. In her webinar on “The Basics of Editing and Proofreading” presented to STC earlier this year, Ruth Thaler-Carter presented a wealth of advice for people who edit documents as part of their jobs or are seeking to become f
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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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