Wednesday, May 8 – Why You Should (and Should Not) Use Markdown

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Markdown keeps coming up—as a lightweight writing format, a lingua franca among other file types, and a lure to get engineers to document their code better. But what is it, and why should you (not) use it? In this talk, I will discuss the history and foibles of Markdown, a few useful Markdown tools, and of course some alternatives you should consider.

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TechComm Camp, April 26-27, 2019

This year’s TechComm Camp is Friday, April 26 to Saturday, April 27 and will be held at San Jose State University.

TC Camp is a weekend of collaboration and creative energy put on by TC Camp, a 501(c)(3) public charity. At this popular techcomm getaway, you’ll do more than talk shop with Silicon Valley’s best technical communicators – you’ll come away with a whole new set of
information development skills and resources. Soak up five expert
workshops on topics like static website generation, promoting
smooth SME communication, and more.

Find out more and grab your tickets at this link.

Wednesday, February 13 – UX Writing: Users First, Better Products

Storytelling, content strategy, writing-focused design. These labels have been used to help define UX writing. But what, exactly, is it? And why should you care?

Find out how words can make or break your product experience. Through case studies on Google products, learn about the UX writing principles that guide effective design decisions across a wide range of product areas, including artificial intelligence/machine learning, conversation design, social media, messaging, and virtual/augmented reality.

Don’t forget to buy tickets.

NOTE: This is a last-minute change to the program. Yvonne Gando will deliver the presentation she is scheduled to give at the STC Summit in Colorado in May. We get to see it first! (The program changed because Yvonne’s co-presenter for the planned talk had to cancel.)

About the speaker:

Yvonne Gando

Yvonne Gando is a Bay Area, California native and a poet at heart. After teaching poetry and Asian American studies, her path eventually led to tech startups, agency work, and leading in-house writing teams for big box retailers in San Francisco.

Now at Google, she’s currently leading UX writing and immersive storytelling on AR & VR experiences. She has also launched various social apps within Google, including Allo, Duo, Google+ and Hangouts.

Yvonne is also a proud mama, a superfan of crunchy things, and an avid runner.


Event info

Time: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 6 p.m.

Location: Highlands Country Club 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, CA 94618

Program:
6:00 to 7:00 pm: Networking, conversation & dinner
7:00 to 7:15 pm: Announcements
7:15 to 8:30 pm: Presentation
8:30 to 9:00 pm: Conversation, follow up on job announcements
9:00 to 9:15 pm: Clear the room; move conversations to the sidewalk


Important notes:

  • Ride sharing. Do you need a ride to the meeting? Contact rides@stc-berkeley.org and we will try to match you with someone who is driving or help to arrange a ride from Rockridge BART.
  • Members of other chapters welcomed. If you belong to another STC chapter, you can attend our meetings for the regular price.
  • IABC members welcome. All members of the San Francisco Chapter of the IABC are welcome to register for Berkeley STC General Meetings at the member price.
  • Non-members can attend. You don’t have to be a member to attend our meetings. See the link above for tickets.
  • Tell us if you’re hiring or job-hunting. Attendees are encouraged to announce open positions or to announce that they are searching for work. Feel free to bring job listings, resumes, or business cards for distribution.

Saturday, January 19: Annual Party and Touchstone Awards

Our annual party features a catered buffet dinner, great companionship with fellow communicators, and valuable door prizes. As in previous years, we will announce the  northern California Technical Communication Competition, Touchstone, winners and display the winning entries throughout the evening. These winners exhibit the best in technical communication. Continue reading

STC Berkeley Job Fair – on a Saturday afternoon, September 29

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Are you looking for a job in the field of technical communication? Or considering some change in your tech comm career? You need to attend the fifth annual STC Berkeley job fair. You can talk to recruiters, join in short discussions about career-related topics, and get expert advice about improving your resume. And you can network with other people in the field at the Job Fair.

This year we have moved the Job Fair from Wednesday evening to Saturday afternoon, and extended the time, to make it more convenient for people to attend.

Participants

Recruiters from Synergistech and TEKsystems.

Resume advice from Joy Montgomery, author of a book about resume-building.

Progression-style discussions:

  • Open-source projects as an entry into technical writing. Gale Naylor, documentation engineer at Facebook.
  • Going independent: legal considerations. Lindsay Spiller, attorney.
  • Preparing for an interview. Dyana King, career and business coach.*
  • Tech writers and medical writing. Rose Tomey, medical/technical writer and communicator.

* Dyana King asks that anyone who plans to join her progression discussion take the four-minute assessment at www.mindtime.com anytime before the progression begins. You will get much more out of the discussion if you do.

Time and Place

Saturday, September 29, 2018. Doors open at 11:00 a.m., close at 5:00 p.m.  Recruiters will begin interviewing at noon. Progression discussions 1:00 to 2:00.

The location is the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley. You can take public transit: the campus is adjacent to the Ashby BART station. The job fair will be just off the main lobby.

Admission

$10 reserved online (click below) or $15 at the door.

If you don’t wish to use PayPal, you can reserve a place by sending email to reservations@stc-berkeley.org. We’ll collect the reserved-in-advance price from you (cash or check) at the door.


You can reserve now using PayPal.



Wednesday, October 10: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies–Where do Technical Writers Fit In?

Cryptocurrencies are an emerging, unregulated, digital asset that many people are looking to as a new form of money. Blockchain is the technology that supports cryptocurrencies, the “rails” they run on. The world of blockchain and crypto has its own jargon, a growing technology infrastructure, and even some political philosophy behind it.

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