Jan 252015

STC Judges

Hooray!!!!!  Hats off to all entrants, judges, and STC council members who helped the STC New England chapter have another successful year with its competition.  Our New England chapter again sponsored the 2014 STC Competition across our local chapter as a means recognize the best and brightest achievements in the field of technical communications.

This year the STC New England chapter aligned with the four entry competition categories used by the STC International Summit Award (ISA) for judging and awards.

  • Informational Materials, such as annual reports, articles, books, periodical, technical reports, organization manuals.
  • Instructional Materials, Such as tutorials, training guides, other training materials.
  • Promotional Materials, such as brochures, catalogues, flyers, posters.
  • User Support Materials, such as job aids, quick start guides, online help, quick reference guides, technical reference guides, user guides.

There were a total of 13 entries distributed throughout the four competition categories, and a team of nine judges. The judges offered valuable and useful feedback for all of the entries submitted into this year’s competition.

The competition is a forum where entrants can have a panel of experienced members of the technical communication profession assess the quality and merit of their technical documentation. Each entry is judged against criteria that measures the degree of technical content, achievement of purpose, and technical execution. The STC Competition provides recognition and feedback to individual technical communication professionals for excellence in technical documentation. Competitions are an opportunity for everyone to submit their best work for critique by a group of peers.

Trying something a little bit different this year, the Consensus Judging Day was held at the home of the Competitions Manager, Kurt Kroeber, on November 15. The nine judges got together in their teams to discuss the entries, compare notes, and share their thoughts on which entries should qualify for an award.  All judges were passionate about the competition and their role as judges for the entries they were assessing.

There were a number of Merit, Excellence, and Distinguished awards given this year at Consensus Judging Day, and all entrants who won an award were notified by the end of November.

Our awards ceremony is scheduled as part the March 19, 2015, STC Monthly Program at the Hilton Garden Inn, Burlington, MA. At this fun event, we’ll celebrate another great competition, recognize the winning entries, and announce the winner of Best of Show. Please visit the STC New England Chapter website or this site for details as the event gets closer.

Entries winning an award of Distinguished or Excellence at our chapter-level Competition are eligible for entry into the STC’s International Summit Award (ISA) competition in early 2015.