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From the Editor's Desk: A Walk Down Memory Lane
2012, Q2 (July 10, 2012)
By Sheila Loring, Carolina Communiqué Managing Editor

Sheila Loring
Sheila Loring
The Carolina Communiqué has been at the heart of the STC Carolina chapter for decades. Members have looked to the newsletter for chapter meeting announcements, meeting recaps, and news of other chapter events.

As an educational tool, the Carolina Communiqué has always addressed topics most relevant to technical communicators. Andrea Wenger's articles on grammar and punctuation. Book reviews on web application design and global English. Tips on becoming a freelance writer. Glance through the newsletter archives—17 years of articles written to support your path to success.

Working on the Carolina Communiqué for almost eight years, I've seen many changes. After joining the newsletter committee in 2004, I produced the newsletter in Adobe InDesign. Taking full advantage of PDF technology was one of my goals—creating hyperlinked tables of contents, next and previous page buttons, linked cross-references, and article continuation links. And I enjoyed getting creative with color, graphics, and page layout.

Fast forward several years to the online format you enjoy today. Thanks to the Tiki Wiki CMS (content management system) and tireless webmaster Rick Sapir, we enjoy features such as RSS feeds, dynamically generated related links, and helpful production tools. The newsletter is also available in EPUB format for e-book lovers!

Why the walk down memory lane? After working as production editor and then managing editor, I've stepped down to focus on new challenges. I feel fortunate to have worked with so many dedicated, creative colleagues—Christina Eftekhar, Rick Sapir, Tim Kornegay, Meredith Kinder, Michael Harvey, Andrea Wenger, and the authors who've helped craft an award-winning online newsletter.

How exciting to have helped the newsletter take advantage of new technologies and evolve. Luckily, you can be part of the next incarnation.

As managing editor, you'll come up with a few topics for each quarterly newsletter and find suitable, willing authors. Recurring columns round out each edition. The managing editor manages the production and editing schedule and makes sure authors are happy with their final article. This is the perfect opportunity to make new connections and contribute to the chapter.

Christina Eftekhar, veteran newsletter copy editor, is serving as interim managing editor. Please email Christina today at newsletter at stc-carolina dot org to volunteer as managing editor.

Sheila can be reached at sheila dot loring at gmail dot com. End of article.

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