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Advancing the profession: a call to action

April 1, 2011

The mission of STC is to advance technical communication. STC is failing in that mission, so now I ask every tech comm professional to step up and, individually, do what you can to advance the profession outside of STC.

I reviewed my STC-related tech comm profession work:

  • XML Strategist. A quarterly column in STC Intercom.
  • Track manager, STC Summit

On April 1*, I sent this email to Liz Pohland, the STC editor:

With regret, I have to discontinue the XML Strategist column in Intercom. It’s been a pleasure working with you on this, and I hope we have an opportunity to work together in a different context.

Recent events have me reconsidering my involvement with STC. I will continue my efforts to “advance the profession” with blogging and other writing.



* Note: Unfortunate date. Not a joke.

As my Intercom articles already appear on Scriptorium’s blog, I don’t think that dropping them from Intercom will have any practical effect on contributions to the profession.

I am taking no action on the STC Summit. I will fulfill my track manager duties at the Summit to ensure that attendees have the best possible experience. Anything else would be unfair to the people who have already registered.

My participation at the national/international level will end after the Summit. I am very concerned for my friends in STC leadership, but I have been unable to improve the situation as a member/volunteer/participant.

It’s worth noting the many, many local events that deserve our support. Just this week, we have the Spectrum 2011 conference hosted by the Rochester, NY, chapter. My home chapter, STC Carolina, is hosting a workshop on APIs – SDKs: Breaking Into and Succeeding in a Specialty Market in mid-April with Ed Marshall of Marshall Documentation Consulting in Massachusetts.

A variety of informal social networks are also springing up. I encourage you to participate. Let’s make sure that the profession can advance even if the formal organization can’t help us.

How will you contribute to advancing the profession?