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Don't forget to submit an article for one of Intercom's 2011 issues! The editorial calendar was announced in the November issue's note from the editor, and articles are still being accepted for the year. The editorial calendar should be used as a general subject guide for Intercom feature articles and columns. As always, readers and members are encouraged to consider submitting to Intercom on these topics or any others you find relevant, and to continue providing feedback on the topics Intercom is (or should be) covering in the coming year. Guidelines for submission are online at March 2011 ISO,… Read the rest

STC Releases 2009—2010 Salary Database

What are the fastest-growing industries for technical writers? Which ones are posting the sharpest declines? Where are salaries increasing the most? How much should you expect to make if you apply for a job in another city? The answer to these and other questions asked by job seekers and project planners can be found in STC's 2009–2010 Salary Database report (using 2009 data), available for purchase online at With more than 130 pages of detailed regional- and industry-specific statistics on the number of jobs and salaries for technical writers, the report covers municipalities and nonmetropolitan areas in all 50… Read the rest

Conference Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2011 Technical Communication Summit, taking place 15–18 May 2011 in Sacramento, CA, opened 1 December. Visit to register. The “Really Early Bird” rate has expired, but the “Early Bird” rate of $895 is active through 15 March 2011. That's $100 less than the regular Advance rate and $400 less than the Walk-in rate for all the education sessions and networking opportunities the Summit has to offer. Register now and get access to: Over 80 sessions, organized by nine tracks More advanced sessions, identified as Institutes Free attendance for two receptions, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, and… Read the rest

STC, Social Media, and You

Stay connected with STC wherever you go! Follow STC on Twitter @stc_org and follow the #stcorg discussion group; get information about the Summit from @stc2011 or #stc11. Are you on LinkedIn? Search for the Society for Technical Communication group, or visit STC has started putting more videos up on YouTube as well; find us at And sign up for our RSS feeds, too—click the RSS icon on the STC home page, STC's Notebook, and Intercom. It's all part of staying connected and getting more out of your STC membership.… Read the rest

Recruit New Members and Save On Your Dues

STC's “Reach Out, Connect, and Recruit” Member-Get-a-Member Campaign is really about you—the member. You understand the value of your STC membership better than anyone, and now is the perfect time to reach out to your professional contacts and recruit them to join STC. A large percentage of new members join STC simply because someone invites them. Reaching out and recruiting a member is easy when you find yourself interacting with colleagues at meetings, online, on the job, or while networking. Every time you recruit a new member, you strengthen STC. A vital and growing STC membership means greater recognition of… Read the rest

Find What You Need with the Buyers' Guide to Products and Services

The 2010–2011 STC buyers' guide to Products and Services is now live at! This year's Buyers' Guide is a fully online, fully functioning database with: 24 category listings to select from Contact information for every company, with phone number and email address as provided Links to websites, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn as provided Descriptions of products and services offered from premium and featured listings Advertising opportunities to fit any size marketing budget Fill almost any tech comm need you have with the Buyers' Guide to Products and Services. Search by category, company name, keyword, and state or country.… Read the rest

Go West, Young Man and Woman, to the Technical Communication Summit 2011

By Adrienne Tange and Melody Brumis | Members Go West, young man and woman, and discover gold in the hills of Sacramento, CA! Attend the Technical Communication Summit 2011, held 15–18 May at the Sacramento Convention Center. The Convention Center is located across the street from the two official conference hotels, the Hyatt Regency and Sheraton Grand, and is just 15 minutes from the Sacramento International Airport. Sacramento serves as the “Gateway to the Gold Country” and provides an interesting backdrop to the conference. Learn about California's state capital, history, and how it grew and prospered when James Marshall discovered… Read the rest