Lines & Letters

Award-Winning Newsletter of NEO STC


STC Student Scholarship

STC is delighted to announce a $500 scholarship to assist students who are pursuing an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree or graduate certificate program in some aspect of technical communication. The award is for the 2020-2021 academic year and will be awarded in February 2020. Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2019. Students do not have … Continue reading…

The Two Cultures of English (Book Review)

Teachers, students, and anyone else interested in the study of literature, rhetoric, and composition should find The Two Cultures of English a good read. Author Jason Maxwell is a Clinical Assistant Professor of English at the University of Buffalo. He tackles in The Two Cultures of English the general topic of how today’s universities ask … Continue reading…

AI is Another Revolutionary Change for Societal Adjustment

Google Cloud director Peter Scocimara provided an intriguing, thought-provoking presentation on “The Fourth Industrial Revolution – Preparing for an AI World” at the April NEO STC monthly meeting. Scocimara intertwined cultural and societal ramifications with the sweeping changes that smart machines bring forth today. “60% of kids born today will do jobs that do not … Continue reading…

Our Lynn Nickels Honored as Associate Fellow

“For consistent contributions to the Northeast Ohio Chapter (NEO STC), unwavering loyalty to the Society and its members, and promoting the technical communication profession through teaching and writing.” These are the reasons why Lynn Nickels has achieved the rank of STC Associate Fellow as stated at https://www.stc.org/notebook/2019/03/18/introducing-the-2019-class-of-stc-fellows-and-associate-fellows/. Join us in sincerely congratulating wonderful Lynn on … Continue reading…

BrightTalk Webinars

Have you watched a webinar through BrightTalk yet? They have hundreds of one-hour webinars available for you to watch on demand, and they are all free! You do need to register for a BrightTalk account to access the content, but it’s easy to manage your subscription and they don’t send spam emails. General topics on … Continue reading…

Hiring and Training Innovative Leaders

Many companies claim to be forward-thinking and innovative, but are they really? As we head into the fourth industrial revolution, developing a creative and innovative culture is necessary for a company to survive as we head into the fourth industrial revolution, and company culture starts with the leadership team. If the leadership team values and … Continue reading…

University of Akron’s Technical Report Writing Classes Attend AI Webinar with STC’s Technical Communication Professionals

Associate Professor Kelly Webb Bronstrup’s engineering and engineering technology students are learning the value of how technical communication and engineering fields are intertwined by experiencing out of classroom educational real-world opportunities such as joining in on the Sr. Director, Cloud Support, Google Cloud’s Peter “SCOTCH” Scocimara’s webinar Artificial Intelligence (AI) The Fourth Industrial Revolution on … Continue reading…

A New Book from Local Author Tabaczynski

A gridiron MBA? Jim Tabaczynski is a marketing communication and public relations strategist who asks this question in relation to his book Hard Hitting Lessons. The book “lets you see how much you can learn about business from football” as explained at the Hard Hitting Lessons site. Tabaczynski is with JPT Group and goes on to say … Continue reading…

Exercises in Media Writing (Book Review)

“Just right” were the words that came to mind when reviewing Exercises in Media Writing. As a companion to Dynamics of Media Writing, what we see in Exercises in Media Writing appears to be an effective mix of useful and interesting materials. With fourteen major areas of interest, Exercises in Media Writing covers a wide and appropriate array of topics including … Continue reading…

2019 STC Summit

The 2019 STC Summit is in Denver this year, May 5-8. The full schedule is available here: https://summit.stc.org/schedule/. You can view it in a PDF grid, or as a list. There are 80+ sessions and 12 workshops, plus: Opening Keynote by Peter Morville, information architecture expert and co-author of the O’Reilly “Polar Bear” books: https://summit.stc.org/keynote-speaker/ … Continue reading…

Survey of SMEs Yields Improved Search Metadata

Patrick Files, an Information Developer at Rockwell Automation, described how teamwork with SMEs and a survey produced improved HMTL search methods. Files, a NEO STC member who creates and maintains online help for software products at Rockwell, was the guest presenter at the February meeting, titled “Mining for Metadata with Survey Monkey”. After making the … Continue reading…