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Thanks and reflections: behind the scenes of our 2013 regional tech comm competition

Hurricane Sandy,  the presidential election, the economy, and everything else competed with our competition but thankfully we were blessed with a feisty alliance between New York Metro and Philadelphia chapters. Our competition gained momentum when we included volunteer judges and received entries from STC New England and STC Houston Chapters. Halleluiah!

My chronological recollection of activities and achievements provides a calendar-based look at how many collaborative events it takes to put on a competition. This It Takes A Village! post is the first of several articles from volunteer scribes that gather our shared thoughts and reflections of the hard-working behind-the-scenes volunteers who helped manage the 2013 Greater New York and Philadelphia Regional TechComm Competition.

Recognition is due to our volunteer judges. STC competitions at the local and regional level are the first competition tier. Judges must meet rigorous selection criteria that demonstrate their knowledge and application of technical communication principles. Judges must be willing and able to review materials and provide detailed and constructive feedback on each entry that they assess. Working with a diverse team of judges, judges collaborate to achieve consensus on awards for each entry. Our judges demonstrate a high degree of commitment, knowledge, and self‐motivation.

We eagerly awaited these results of the winners of the 2012-2013 Greater New York and Philadelphia Regional TechComm Competition. I especially liked the consensus judging and discussions to select a sandwich shop training video for our Best of Show and Distinguished winner, Togo’s Online & Mobile Learning.  Entries that earned awards of Distinguished and Excellence are eligible to enter the next competition tier, the STC International Summit Awards. Entries are due Feb. 8, 2013. Winners will be announced at the 2013 STC International Summit in Atlanta in May.

About Barrie Byron

Innovative information developer specializing in presenting complex ideas in ways that are clear and concise. Persistent optimist, intrepid adventurer, mentor. Builder of relationships, connecting friends and peers to people they want to know. Social duct tape and generator of goodwill. Follow me on twitter @barriebyron


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