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Judging Resources

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Judge Responsibilities

The STC Alliance TechComm Competition provides opportunities for professional development, networking, and sharpening your skills of observation and evaluation. To volunteer to be a judge, fill in the electronic Judges Information Form.  We estimate that judges will devote a minimum of 15-24 hours.

If you are an industry professional with at least five years of experience working or teaching in communication or a related field, then you are invited to serve as a volunteer judge in our competition. STC membership is not a requirement.

Judging lets you join other technical communication professionals to compare notes on what works and what doesn't work in technical communication. Because we have a wide pool of judges, you can enter and also serve as a judge with no conflict of interest. 

The Judging Process

  • Judges are grouped into teams of 3 led by an experienced Judge/Team Leader and because most teams will include from different chapters or regions, you should expect remote communications and information exchange. 
  • Judges use the STC entry assessment form to evaluate your entries independently. Collectively, the judges arrive at a consensus on the merits of each entry and decide if an entry meets the standards set for awards.
  • The highlight of the judging process is the onsite consensus judging event schedule after individual judges complete their work. For those who can attend onsite, the judging event is an enjoyable opportunity to mingle, network, and learn from each other. Because the competition now involves multiple chapters, many judges will attend this event remotely to complete the consensus judging on their teams and then nominate and vote for Best of Show. 


Training and Download Resources

Training is offered for all judges.  Training will be conducted virtually by Carolyn Reynolds and Phoebe Forio. Training is mandatory for new judges.  

Training Recordings for Judges

Judging Training Playlist, January 25, 2021
Mock Assessments Practice 1: Web-based Knowledge Portals, Lead Trainer - John Garison,  January 28, 2021
Mock Assessments Practice 2: Video, Lead Trainer - Mike Nelson, February 8, 2021
Mock Assessments Practice 3: Quick Reference Guides - Annette Reilly, February 10, 2021

Training Shorts
(short and specific video tutorials)
How to Judge a Really Large Entry  (recording)  by John Garison

Oldies but goodies
Judge Training for all by STC International  October 25, 2016 (recording) - By Kit Brown-Hoekstra, STC International Team  
Judges Handbook (updated 2014)   This is the International Judges handbook that we follow. It is dated but still a good read!

Online Entries for Review (Secure area)

To access your assigned online entries:   (This is a Secure area. Only those authorized can access the links.)

  1. Click the link corresponding to your assigned team.
  2. Login using the userid/password you have received separately from our webmaster.
  3. Got any questions? Please contact your Team Leaders.


Thank you for your support!

                     

 
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