About the SIG

The Technical Editing SIG is a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Society for Technical Communication (STC ) that focuses on issues related to technical editing. Our goal is to provide editing resources and leadership for STC members who want to learn more about technical editing and its important contributions to our profession.

“...STC’s Technical Editing SIG has done some impressive things with their Web site by implementing a range of Web 2.0 technologies.”
- from The Exchange , March 2010

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Membership Benefits

Being a member of the Technical Editing SIG gives you a myriad of resources and opportunities to grow professionally and to expand your presence in the marketplace.

“...three cheers for the Tech Editing SIG — [their] scholarship offerings represent the sort of high-impact service-to-the-profession activity that all SIGs can emulate. As STC's 2nd V-P, and as a teacher of Tech Comm, I am proud of the TE SIG.”
- Hillary Hart, Society for Technical Communication

“I get a lot of value from the online discussions and panels. It's so helpful to hear what other editors are doing in different industries and locations.”

- Jennifer Burgess, Technical Editor

Benefits Available to SIG Members Only:

  • Free seminars that are tailored to technical editors on a quarterly basis, such as "The Global English Style Guide: Writing Clear, Translatable Documentation for a Global Market" and "Moving to Word 2007"

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  • Recorded education sessions
  • Networking through volunteer opportunities, such as authoring newsletter articles or programming education for a 1,000-person audience
  • Savings on continuing education in advanced editing topics, such as "Providing Effective Editing Comments"
  • Collaborative authoring space via a wiki, such as co-authoring a style guide
  • Members-only listings in the Employment bank, (only members can post jobs)
  • Resources on the SIG web site:
    • Chat in real time with like-minded professionals
    • Participation in polls and surveys
  • STC Conference activities:
    • Opportunity to be a presenter, progression leader, or panelist on editing-related topics
    • Opportunity to attend the annual SIG business meeting, where you can network with fellow SIG members and share your ideas
    • Opportunity to enhance our presence at the STC Summit conference through helping to prepare SIG materials (such as our conference brochure), writing conference-related newsletter articles, and helping to host our table at the Communities Reception

Benefits Available to Everyone:

“I have been a member of the Technical Editing SIG for about 3 years, and have found it to be one of the most rewarding elements of my STC membership investment.”

Definition of a Technical Editor

There are many definitions of a technical editor. We have created a wiki page that lists definitions as contributed by members of the profession. Click here to view the definitions and contribute your own definition.

Understanding the Value of a Technical Editor

Technical editors add value in organizations in many ways. We have created a wiki page that lists the ways that technical editors provide value. Click here to view the list and to contribute to it.

History of Our SIG

The Technical Editing SIG has been around for quite some time. We were re-chartered on September 26, 2004.

Technical Editing SIG managers:
  • 2016-2018: Li-At Ruttenberg Rathbun
  • 2015-2017: Ann Marie Queeney
  • 2013-2015: Louise Galindo
  • 2012-2014: Lori Meyer
  • 2011-2013: Carol Lamarche
  • 2010-2012: Jeffrey Japp
  • 2008-2010: Vanessa Wilburn
  • 2007-2009: Meredith Kinder
  • 2006-2008: Pat Moell
  • 2005-2007: Michelle Corbin
  • 1998-2006: Diane Feldman

The SIG and its members have received some notable awards.

For a sitemap and description of our wiki software, refer to About Our Site.

If you have questions or comments, please contact us.

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