Lines & Letters

Award-Winning Newsletter of NEO STC


President’s Column: Recap and Upcoming News

One Bernard presentation plus eight wooden pumpkins equal an educational and fun start for our expanding NEO STC circle! (See exciting membership news in this column.) Bernard Aschwanden, past president of STC and recognized publishing technologies expert, kicked off our program year in September with a full-day seminar packed with information, insightful tips, and software … Continue reading…

Recap of Bernard Aschwanden’s Technical Communication 2020 Presentation

Hello NEO STC members! I’m a working technical writer in Cincinnati who was graciously invited to attend the Technical Communication 2020 event presented by Bernard Aschwanden.  I am considering membership, and I appreciate the opportunity to experience the benefits of the organization, courtesy of Sara Buchanan’s encouragement and Adobe’s generosity. Aschwanden presented a wealth of … Continue reading…

Blockchain: What We Should Know

We hear much today about the possibilities of the use of blockchain in education and other applications. Let’s consider how we should understand blockchain terms and concepts and be able, if needed, to explain the technology for the audiences we serve. One take on the subject comes from the Why Higher Ed Should Do More … Continue reading…

WordPress for Journalists (Book Review)

WordPress for Journalists surprised me in how in-depth it covers its topics. Provided is not only information about how to complete tasks in WordPress but also how to use this content management system to produce journalism today. Author LJ Filotrani has an impressive background and is most qualified to tackle her topics. Not only is she … Continue reading…

Welcome to a New NEO STC Term Year

We hope you had a wonderful summer! We’ve been busy getting ready for a new NEO STC term year. It is with great pride, that we welcome the following officers for the July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 term: Bob Young, President Jason Vensel, Immediate Past President Tricia Spayer, Vice President Kathleen Gaughan, Treasurer Lisa Scovern, Secretary Visit … Continue reading…

Introducing the NEO STC Slack Group

Did you hear? NEO STC has a member-exclusive group on Slack which serves as a real-time communication tool that allows you to chat directly with officers and members. Further, Tricia Spayer, NEO STC Vice President, has set up integrations for the NEO STC Google calendar of events and the STC Notebook to keep you in … Continue reading…

In the Spotlight: Jackie Damrau

Not only is Jackie Damrau the Book Review Editor for Technical Communication (STC’s scholarly journal), she is also a senior business systems analyst, scrum master, and certified BPMN professional. Jackie works on the Technical Communication Book Reviews Section as it offers a reviewer’s viewpoint about a book in the technical communication field as described at https://www.stc.org/techcomm/submit-book-review/. Reviewers are STC … Continue reading…

In the Spotlight: Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith has been a gold member of STC since 2015. As a gold member, she has a membership to all the STC SIGs. She is currently most active in the Instructional Design & Learning (IDL) SIG and has recently become their newsletter editor, which is how I met her. She is also a member of the Southeast Michigan chapter and … Continue reading…

STC Summit 2018 Recap

After attending 10 Summits in a row, I had to skip a couple years. But I returned this year, and what a year to return! Of course, it was great seeing STC friends whom I hadn’t seen in a while, especially the CAC! First of all, the location (Orlando, Florida) was fantastic. Former NEO STC … Continue reading…

Goodbye Steady Eddie, Hello Creative Content

As a child, I remember spending countless hours playing with LEGO building blocks. The different colors and shapes were intriguing, as were my blueprints. Well, obviously there were no blueprints, but I happily imagined the details for constructing ferocious dinosaurs and futuristic skyscrapers. It didn’t matter if the results fell short. I knew that mom … Continue reading…

Today’s Presentation Tools

Do you prepare presentations in PowerPoint or other software? Need to find graphics? Maybe you are looking for some audience interaction or remote pointing tools to help you with your presentations. To see what’s new in presentation technology, check out this article from Toastmaster magazine from March 2018. The author highlights the latest in presentation … Continue reading…

Designing in WordPress (Meeting Review)

“WordPress runs 30% of the web and has never been more approachable than it is today.” That statement comes from promotional material concerning the Cleveland Digital Publishing User’s Group meeting held June 28. Featured at that meeting that did not disappoint was a panel of local WordPress experts. See https://cdpug.org/ for more information about the group sponsoring the … Continue reading…

Technology in School Classrooms (Book Review)

Technology in School Classrooms: How It Can Transform Teaching and Student Learning Today James G. Cibulka and Bruce S. Cooper, eds. 2017. Rowman & Littlefield. 172 pages. 978-1-4758-3104-7. USD$30.00 (softcover). Cibulka and Cooper are educators and editors for this collection of works about the use of technology in school classrooms and the general topic of … Continue reading…

Editor’s Column

Happy May! I hope your month is off to a great start. I know mine has been (because I’ve had plenty of baby snuggles)! My friend had a baby on April 3rd and I’m a very proud “aunt.” Please excuse me while I  shamelessly spam you with a baby photo! Do you also have news? Please … Continue reading…