Emily Serna, Best of Show in STC International Summit Awards and Regional TechComm Competition (NY and PMC), 2012-2013, Instructional Materials
PriceWaterhouse, STC New York Metro
Anyway, I guess I’d say this: Even more so than being recognized by my peers and management, winning an STC Award of Merit gave me a personal sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. As technical communicators, we seldom get a byline or even know for sure whether people read our work. But receiving the award confirmed that my work met some pretty high standards of usability and design. And the judges’ feedback, both positive and negative, helped me tremendously with future projects.
Ellen O'Brien, winner of multiple STC International and Local Awards
BMC, STC Philadelphia Metro
Over a long career (36 years), I have had the honor of participating in STC competitions in numerous ways. At the 31st ITCC in Seattle, an article titled “Some Psychological Effects of Syntax,” derived from my dissertation, received the “Award of Distinguished Merit.” A few years later, I was asked to be a judge for the Boston Chapter STC Competition, and the year after that, I was appointed to be one of the ITCC judges. In the mid-1990s, I was became Executive Editor of the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication (JTWC), as well as the Editor of the Bayood Technical Communication Series. As a result, my participation in publishing evolved from producing my own work to mentoring the work of others. In that capacity, I was especially proud that JTWC received several awards, both for individual authors, and for the journal itself in the Metro Philadelphia STC Competition. Competitions at all levels of the STC are an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to share their work with wide audiences, and if as fortunate as I have been, to be recognized for their efforts. It is a most valuable part of our profession.
Charles H. Sides, Ph.D., Executive Editor
JTWC, Editor, Baywood Technical Communication Series
STC Philadelphia Metro
Harold Fernandes, STC International Merit Award 2012, User Support Materials
Avaya, STC New York Metro