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The Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter was chartered in December 1955. Volunteers manage the chapter and serve as officers, committee managers, and committee members. The chapter provides education, networking, recognition, and leadership skills to technical communication professionals in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
The Chapter Competitions
Since 1965, the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter sponsors an annual competition for technical communication. In the late 1960s, Washington, DC chapter member, Peter A. Smith, played a key role in the establishment of what has become a major society program: publications competitions. After conducting a successful chapter-level competition, he was asked to help organize and guide the first Society-level publications competition.
The competition is open to members and nonmembers, who submit samples of their work for judging by their peers. Entries may include books, brochures, graphic and packaging designs, hardware and software documentation, newsletters, online presentations and publications, periodicals, promotional material, technical reports, technical graphics, and video.
Awards are presented at four levels: Distinguished Technical Communication, Excellence, and Merit. Winners are honored at a gala Awards Celebration and the best of the winning entries are submitted to compete in the International Summit Awards Competition.
What is STC?
The Society for Technical Communication (STC) is a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational, scientific, and charitable organization dedicated to furthering the art of communicating technical information and promoting the education, improvement, and advancement of its members. STC was established in 1953 and currently has 41 professional chapters, 9 student chapters, 12 SIGs, and around 6,000 members worldwide in about 50 countries.
For information about the history of STC and the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter
- See our STC History page.
- Learn how to become an STC member and why you should join our chapter on our STC Membership information page.
- See our Join STC page for what the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter offers you as a member.
- Read the Ethical Principles for Technical Communicators page.
How to Contact STC Headquarters
Society for Technical Communication
3251 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax VA 22030
STC Membership Information
STC has the resources you need to help you do your job better and move your career forward. This website helps you find job openings and provides information about many employment resources for looking for a new job or a career change.
STC is a professional organization serving multiple fields in the technical communication profession. STC members include:
- accessibility specialists
- graphic artists & creative designers
- human factors engineers
- information planners
- instructional designers
- interface designers
- managers of technical communication departments or projects
- marketing and public relations communicators
- photographers, film, and video production specialists
- software engineers
- technical communicators
- technical, medical, and scientific illustrators
- technical, medical, and scientific writers and editors
- web designers, web developers, content managers, & webmasters
Technical communicators translate technical information into plain language that is easily understood by the user. They can convey scientific and technical information precisely, accurately, and clearly. Technical communication is recognized as an increasingly essential occupation in business and government. Technical communicators work with scientists and engineers in offices, factories, banks, hospitals, laboratories, from home, and on military bases. They work on a team, by themselves, as staff writers, managers, contractors, and consultants.