TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for November 9, 2012

Subject: TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for November 9, 2012
From: TechWhirl Admin <admin -at- techwhirl -dot- com>
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Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2012 07:44:37 -0500

*This week’s update on technical communication and the TechWhirl community
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We happily wave goodbye to the 2012 US election season and fervently hope
that we get at least a few weeks of ad-free peace before the next cycle
begins. We also marvel at the ability of such a diverse population to join
together in the face of disaster. A juxtaposition that helps usher in our
November theme of *Helping Society and Tech Comm*. Those in technical
communication have role to play, and perhaps an obligation, in bettering
society. Our weekly poll takes a look the challenges in volunteering your
expertise, but volunteering isn't the only way technical communicators help
society. The employees and staff of government emergency management and
social services, NGOs around the world, educational institutions, all
contribute to society in formal (and paid!) roles. So some of what we want
to discuss in November will focus on the trends and impacts in areas
outside of what we traditionally think of as technical communication and
how that helps society.

TechWhirl welcomes a new member to the Special Writers Unit. Ena Arel
debuts with a great tips and tricks piece on going from obvious to valuable
We also bring you more highlights from LavaCon 2012, and Jacquie Samuels
gives us the practical lowdown on setting your rates when moving to
And as always, the email discussion list
<>continues to bubble along with great
discussions on tools, best practices
and all things tech comm.

Have a great weekend!

-The gang at TechWhirl

In Case You Missed it: This Week @ TechWhirl

*New features and articles on <>**

- Tech Writer This Week for November 8, by Craig Cardimon |
- Freelancing: Are You Ready to Make the Leap? Part 2, by Jacquie
Samuels |
- Rethinking Content from Paper to Tablets, Mobile Screens and ePubs
(LavaCon Summary), by Rachel Houghton |
- Technical Communication Poll: Volunteering Your Expertise |
- Tips and Tricks: Going from Obvious to Valuable Technical Content, by
Ena Arel |
- LavaCon 2012 Key Note — The Future of Content Strategy, by Lois
Patterson |

*Tech Comm News on*

· Udacity Expands Global Audience for Higher Education Courses with
Amara Subtitling |

*Tech Comm Jobs *

· Technical Communication Job Summary November 3, 2012 |
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