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August 2011

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  • Touchstone Call for Entries: Touchstone, the Northern California technical communication competition, has issued a call for entries for the 2011-12 competition.

    Touchstone primarily serves Northern California, but also accepts entries from elsewhere. Touchstone is accepting entries in the technical publications, technical art, and online technical communication categories. The deadline for entries is Saturday, October 1, 2011. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in January, 2012. For more information, visit

    Touchstone is co-sponsored by the Northern California chapters of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). Proceeds help support chapter activities and the STC Dr. Kenneth M. Gordon Memorial Scholarship, which provides grants to students enrolled in technical communication programs in Northern California.
    Entries that win Touchstone's highest award levels go on to the STC international technical communication competitions.

    Winning an award in an STC competition can bring recognition from professional peers and increased visibility with employers and clients. Toward this end, Touchstone holds a public awards ceremony, and also offers to present awards at entrants' workplaces. These workplace presentations are often attended by entrants' peers, managers, and company executives.

    Touchstone also seeks to advance the technical communication profession by providing useful feedback to entrants. Whether an entry wins an award or not, Touchstone's experienced judges provide feedback to help entrants improve their work. Many entrants regard this feedback as a major benefit of entering.

  • Membership Update: Currently 43 members. We welcome new member, John Ben Monroe.

Feature Articles

What's All the ePub, Bub?

Joseph M. Humbert, East Bay STC treasurer and webweaver, gives a down and dirty overview on how to epublish your Word documents on a PC for the iPad.

The Future of Technical Communication

Lori Cooke, East Bay STC member and V.P. Arrangements, tells what she found at the recent STC Summit in May in Sacramento.

Spotlight on: Lori Cooke

Melody Brumis, East Bay STC Member, interviews East Bay VP of Arrangements, Lori Cooke.

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