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Dateline Houston publishes articles of professional interest to technical communicators, including writers, editors, illustrators, teachers, managers, consultants, and others involved in preparing technical documents. It provides practical examples and applications of technical communication, as well as opportunities for networking and education, that promote readers’ professional development. Before writing an article, look over several recent issues of the newsletter to make sure your topic and approach are appropriate for our readers. Consider also that the Houston chapter is home to an active population of independent consultants and contractors.
You should write in a clear, informal style, avoiding jargon and acronyms where possible. All decisions on style and usage should be guided by common sense: What is the clearest way to present the information?
Please refer to the chapter style guide for usage matters.
Newsletter contributions are due by the 1st of every month prior to the publication date. Dateline Houston is published bimonthly.
Newsletter contributions are due by the 1st of every month prior to the publication date in FrameMaker 6.x or Microsoft Word format. All submissions are subject to editing. You will not receive a copy of the edited article prior to the newsletter’s release. Upon request, you will receive notification that the newsletter has been published.
Feature articles should be no more than 800 words in length. Topics should cover issues faced by technical communicators.
Contractor’s Corner articles should be 400-600 words in length. If you are interested in contributing to this column, please contact the Managing Editor.
Book reviews should be no more than 500 words in length. If you would like to get ideas for which books to review, please refer to the list of books received in each issue of Technical Communication. You will find this list online in the Book Review Collection. The list of books received is at the end of the book review list for each issue.
For guidelines on reviewing a book for the newsletter, we suggest you refer to the Technical Communication book review guidelines put forth by the book review editor of the journal. Please consider also submitting your book review to that Society journal, though you may need to provide them with a longer manuscript.
Software or Equipment Reviews
Software and equipment reviews should be no more than 500 words in length. If you have a topic idea, please contact the Managing Editor to verify that it’s appropriate for the audience.
Letters to the Editor
We request that letters to the editor be no more than 200 words long. Comments can be regarding anything relating to chapter, newsletter, and national STC activities. If appropriate, we will arrange for a response to be printed along with your note.
You should submit your article in Word or FrameMaker using our Article Submission Form. If you are submitting more than one file, use WinZip and submit one zipped file. E-mail and FAX submissions will not be accepted you will be directed to the Article Submission Form.
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