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Volume 42, Issue 4
From the Editor
The Inner Workings of Dateline Houston
by Rebecca Taylor, Product Marketing Analyst, Hewlett-Packard Company
After the last program meeting, several people asked me what kind of work
we do to produce this newsletter. We have a team of six people, who work every
month in specific roles.
Also known as the translation editor, the coordinating editor is responsible
for ensuring that every submission is in the proper format before going to our
copy editors. You might recognize this title because our coordinating editor,
Cathy Bettoney, was STC Houston Volunteer of the Month for November. We use
FrameMaker 6 for layout, and most submissions come to us in Word, so the coordinating
editor translates the files into our template before they are edited.
We currently have three very talented and dedicated copy editors: Melanie Boston,
Jamie Diamandopoulos, and Jim Hunt. Each month, they pore over every submission
to make it ready for print. With three editors, each usually must edit four
to six pieces.
Once the copy editors have completed their task, it is up to our layout editor
to make it beautiful. Erika Frensley, our layout editor, compiles all of the
edited files into our layout template. Of course, it’s not that easy—a
layout like ours requires fine-tuning to make sure everything fits.
No newsletter would be successful without authors! STC Houston is lucky to
have a large pool of knowledgeable and passionate writers just waiting to be
found. There are so many of you that I can’t find you all on my own, so
please don’t be shy about introducing yourself to me!
As the chapter and our newsletter grow, our roles are forever changing. Even
though our official job titles may be filled, we are still always seeking more
volunteers. For instance, we are now posting the entire newsletter on our chapter
web site, which means we can use another warm body to help. As we fine-tune
our processes, we’re always looking for people to help plan and coordinate
the newsletter. If you’re interested in participating, we’ll always
be able to find a place just for you! Don’t forget to vote in the Editor’s
poll from last month. What would you prefer for our online discussion tool(s):
one e-mail list for everything, an e-mail list for announcements and one for
discussion, an e-mail list for announcements and a message board for discussion,
or message board for everything? View online at www.stc-houston.org/newsletter/poll.shtml.