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Communicator wins APEX Award of Excellence

Winner

We are proud to announce that Communicator has won an APEX Award of Excellence for the third year in a row.

We entered the Winter 2011 issue of Communicator in the Magazine & Journal Writing class.

This award recognises the hard work of the editor, copyeditors, proofreaders, typesetter, printer and all the contributors.

Thank you to everyone who is involved in the production of Communicator, let’s continue to make this journal a successful, informative and relevant technical communication resource.

Book online now for TCUK

Did you know that you can now book online for the Technical Communication UK (TCUK) conference that takes place in Newcastle in the first week of October?

The full programme of workshops and presentations is available, so it’s time to clear your diary and make your booking.

This year’s conference includes three keynote presentations from an international group of prominent industry speakers. Leah Guren, a renowned teacher of technical writing, will tell us in her keynote address how we can improve our careers by watching fish. That sounds improbable, I know, but you’ll be amazed, and I hope, inspired, but what Leah has to say. Leah is also presenting a back-to-basics workshop in her “Golden Rules” series, explaining how to decide what needs to be documented, and how to get started with analysing your audience.

Our second keynote speaker is Karen Mardahl, an expert in making technical information more accessible. These days most of us struggle with limited resources at work, so it seems inevitable that accessibility issues are pushed far down the list of priorities. In her keynote, Karen explains how adaptability is the key to including accessibility in everything we do. You can find out more about how to make your own work more accessible by joining Karen’s workshop on Getting Down and Dirty with Accessibility and Usability.

Scott Abel has been a pioneer of content management strategy and is an in-demand speaker wherever he goes. Scott is an advocate of using structured tools and techniques in technical communication (a topic close to my heart) and not surprisingly, Scott’s keynote is called “It’s All About Structure! Why Structured Content Is Increasingly Becoming A Necessity, Not An Option”. Scott is also presenting a workshop session on Understanding eBooks, which is sure to be full of tried and tested practical advice.

You can find out more details on these and all the other sessions at TCUK, and book your place, on the conference website.

Awards Deadline Extended

The entry deadline for this year’s UK Technical Communication Awards has been extended to 16th July 2012.

As in previous years, the ISTC is looking to grant prestigious awards to honour clear, concise and effective information products. The awards ceremony will take place at the Technical Communication UK 2012 conference in October and is an excellent opportunity to celebrate your achievements and to catch up on the latest industry trends.
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Cambridge Area Group meeting

The Cambridge Group will be showing the film “Push the Button” at the offices of ARM Ltd, Cambridge on 20th June at 7pm.

Book online http://cambridge20062012.eventbrite.com/ and we look forward to seeing you there. A small fee of just over £3 includes the film and the chance to network with fellow professionals.

This is a great opportunity to see this brilliant French film telling the story of how our lives have become so dependent on and entwined with technical instructions that support so much of life’s stuff.

If you need further information, please contact Jeff Bronks by e-mail: Cambridge_areagroup@istc.org.uk.

North East Area Group meeting

Adobe comes to Newcastle – Wednesday 13th June

FREE ISTC Event hosted by Sage (UK) Limited for Northern Technical Communicators

“Trends in TechComm – anywhere, anytime” by Ankur Jain of Adobe

“Beyond the Comfort Zone: Today, You Will Not be Writing a Help File” by Robert Scott-Norton of Sage (UK) Limited

The event is being held in the Allendale assembly room at the premises of Sage (UK) Limited, North Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE13 9AA and will commence at 17:30 with an approximate end time of 19:15. After the event, you will also have the opportunity to discuss the presentations and network with like-minded people.

If you plan to attend, please sign up for the event at http://sagenewcastle.eventbrite.com to help us anticipate attendance numbers.

Please forward this message on to your colleagues or anyone else who may be interested. For more information contact Janine Weightman by email to:
northeastengland_areagroup@istc.org.uk.

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