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What is a Medical Communicator?

What is a Medical Communicator?

In the health and medical fields, technical communicators are also known as medical communicators.  Medical communications is the translation of complicated information into easily understood material, applied specifically to the health, medical, and pharmaceutical fields.           Some of the projects that medical communicators might work on include: medical conference abstracts and…

Could you be a Technical Writer?

Could you be a Technical Writer?

Are you considering a career in technical writing? There are many galmourous Hollywood portrayals of journalists and novelists, but technical writers are overlooked. This oversight can make it difficult to picture what qualifications and skills are needed for this rewarding and challenging career.   What skills do technical writers need to “research and create information…

Tips for Working with Translators

Tips for Working with Translators

                If you find yourself overseeing or working with translators during a technical communication project, here are a few pointers to ensure quality and smooth relations: Make sure the source text is clear of cultural references, idioms, and colloquialisms. The more neutral in tone you keep a document,…

Dec. 3 – Holiday Social Night

Dec. 3 – Holiday Social Night

Please Join Us for a Holiday Social Night Come and celebrate the season with us, your friends and associates, fellow chapter members and volunteers! Please feel free to bring your significant other, friends who understand that technical writers really can be fun to hang out with, and anyone else who might be interested in getting to…

Dana Fujikawa

Dana Fujikawa

This month we are spotlighting Dana Fujikawa who is a former software engineer turned technical writer and now operates his own freelance technical writing business: Essential Instructions Inc. Prior to freelancing, Dana built his technical writing experience at Electronic Arts Canada where he created comprehensive programming guides for internal animation technology. His role later included end…

Sound Off!

Sound Off!

Robert Hershenow is an incoming assistant co-manager of the Instructional Design and Learning (IDL) special interest group (SIG) of the STC. He’s also a member of the famous ‘garage’ band that plays annually at the STC Summit, the Rough Drafts. Recently, Robert gave a very informative webinar for the IDL-SIG called “Making Great Voice Recordings”…

Leveraging Your Expertise From Another Industry or Profession

Leveraging Your Expertise From Another Industry or Profession

A career in technical writing need not start with a degree in English, Journalism or Technical Communication. Many companies seek writers with specific education and experience related to their industry, such as science, engineering or software development. These professionals have likely gained a solid skill set that is transferable to technical communication work. For example,…

Nov. 19 – Networking Made Easy

Nov. 19 – Networking Made Easy

Description This is our second annual professional development night on networking. When it comes to job hunting and career management, networking can be a big challenge for many tech comm professionals. So this year, we’re getting back to the basics and focusing on strategies for making networking easier. The event will be led by three panelists who…

Have You Subscribed to Our Email List?

Have You Subscribed to Our Email List?

In the near future, we will begin delivering chapter communications through email. These emails will include the re-introduction of our Coast Lines newsletter, job postings (members only), and announcements. Coast Lines Our Coast Lines newsletter hasn’t been around for awhile. We’ve decided to re-introduce it as a monthly email that recaps activity on our website…

Nov. 9 – Chapter Council Meeting

Nov. 9 – Chapter Council Meeting

About This Meeting Chapter council meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month. The agenda includes committee and executive business, as well as volunteer and leadership training. Who Should Attend? All chapter members and volunteers, including non-member volunteers, are welcome to attend. This is a great way to get to know and network…

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