Lines & Letters

Award-Winning Newsletter of NEO STC


Happy New Year!

NEO STC wishes you and yours a wonderful new year. Did you set any resolutions? I did the obligatory “be healthier” resolution which means hitting my Fitbit step goal and water intake goal everyday. Speaking of resolutions, make sure you check out the President’s Column written by Bob Young. He talks about upcoming events and … Continue reading…

A New Book from Local Author Yaros

A new book entitled “Conditioning Your Mind to Fuel Creativity”—written to unleash readers’ minds and empower them to think differently while imagining new ideas—is now available for purchase at http://www.brainspark-creativity.com/book and on Amazon.com. “Conditioning Your Mind” shatters preconceived notions about what creativity is and means, explaining that it is not a talent only some people are born with, but instead … Continue reading…

Upcoming Trends in Education (What We Could See in 2019)

The Horizon Report continues to provide, as it has for over a decade, ideas about higher education developments, trends, and challenges. Published by EDUCAUSE and the New Media Consortium, the report identifies what is “likely to have an impact” on learning and teaching.   See https://library.educause.edu/resources/2018/8/2018-nmc-horizon-report for the full report.  See Students of the Future for a … Continue reading…

The Paper It’s Written On (Book Review)

The Paper It’s Written On fills the particular needs of an independent editor.  Authors Karin Cather and Dick Margulis ably tackle their subject matter with Cather being a former litigator and freelance editor working with academic works, memoirs, police procedurals, science fiction, thrillers, true crime, and fantasy (wow!). Margulis is an editor and book designer with … Continue reading…

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…