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Publications > Dateline Houston > November 2003 > Society & Industry News

Volume 43, Issue 2

November 2003

Society & Industry News

STC News

2003 National Salary Survey Available

STC's web site now includes this year's salary survey for technical writers and editors in the U.S. and Canada. This survey, one of STC's most popular publications, has been posted in PDF format on the members-only section of our web site. Please visit to see salary and benefit statistics broken down by geography, experience level, and other factors.

If you haven't yet been to the members-only section of the web site, please note that you'll need your STC member number and a password to enter. If you do not know your member number and password, go to for assistance.

Upcoming Society Events

February 27-28, 2004

The Atlanta chapter will hold its annual conference, Currents, at Mercer University in Atlanta. Topic stems include learning new skills and tools, contracting, satisfying users, education/professional development, and management. For more information, please contact:

Cheri Crider:

July 25-27, 2004

The Sacramento chapter will host the STC Region 8 Conference at the University of California, Davis. The conference will feature seminars, a regional leadership summit, and a trade show and career expo. For more information, please contact:

Eric Butow:

Dues Renewal Invoices to be Mailed Soon

In October, STC members received e-mail messages encouraging them to renew their memberships online at Printed dues renewal invoices will be mailed in late November to those who do not renew online. For membership dues, STC accepts checks in U.S. dollars or Canadian equivalent and American Express, MasterCard, and VISA payments. Dues payments must be received by January 1, 2004. (A grace period extends to February 28, 2004.) Note that only members who have paid their dues by February 28, 2004, will be eligible to vote in STC elections this spring.

Two categories of members do not receive a dues renewal invoice in November: members who join STC on or after November 1, and sustaining organizations. Sustaining organizations are billed separately in July.

The rates for 2004 dues are as follows:

    • Regular members $140
    • Student members $56

If you have any questions, please contact the membership department at

Society Membership at a Glance

As of September 30:

    • Total members: 19,684
    • Members residing in the U.S.: 16,818
    • Members residing in Canada: 1,781
    • Members residing elsewhere: 1,085
    • Total chapters*: 150

*Includes 34 student chapters

STC Houston Membership

    • Fellows: 5
    • Associate Fellows: 4
    • Senior Members: 217
    • Members: 249
    • Students: 17
    • Total members: 492

STC's 51st Annual Conference Registration Rates

The STC 51st Annual Conference will be held in Baltimore May 9-12, 2004. Members can register for the conference by using the form provided in the preliminary program, which will be mailed with the February issue of Intercom, or online at Online registration will open in mid-February.

Advance full-conference and one-day registration rates are as follows. The last day to register for the conference at the advance rate is April 23, 2004.

    • member $495
    • nonmember $650
    • student/retired $120
    • member, one-day $255
    • nonmember, one-day $335
    • student/retired, one-day $120

Educational Opportunities

Phone Seminars

Here is a list of STC telephone seminars scheduled for November 2003 through March 2004. Further details will be announced on the STC Web site at

December 10, 2003

    • Adding Panache to Your Procedures
    • Presenter: Leah Guren

January 14, 2004

    • Effective Web Sites: Structure,
      Navigation, and Graphics
    • Presenter: Jean-luc Doumont

January 28, 2004

    • Demonstrating the Value of
      Technical Communication Products and Services
    • Presenter: Saul Carliner

February 11, 2004

    • Don't Make Me Do That! Making Learning Fun and Engaging
    • Presenter: Lance Gelein

February 26, 2004

    • Designing Web Applications
    • Presenter: Whitney Quesenbery

March 10, 2004

    • Keywords for Indexing and Search
    • Presenter: Seth Maislin

March 24, 2004

    • Winning New Business: Preparing and Submitting Proposals 101B
    • Presenter: Judith Herr

Networking Opportunities

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