Boston Broadside
July/August 2001
Vol. 58, No. 6

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Saul Carliner Wins Coveted Frank R. Smith Outstanding Journal Article Award

Patricia McLaughlin

Saul Carliner

The Technical Communication Journal, an STC quarterly publication, provides STC members with exceptional articles written by some of the best technical writers in their field.

Since 1966, the STC has paid tribute to these technical authors at their annual award ceremony by presenting three awards: the "Award of Merit," the "Award of Excellence" and the "Frank R. Smith Outstanding Journal Article Award." This latter award is considered "Best of Show"; it was formerly known as the "Outstanding Article Competition" but recently renamed in honor of Frank Smith, a former STC President and editor of the Technical Communication Journal for 18 years.

How the Competition Works

Every feature article in the journal is automatically entered into the competition. A team of three judges selects the top three articles based upon content and form. "Content" equates to the author's success in presenting readers with new knowledge, new perspective, or practical communication applications and techniques. Form is determined by the successful embodiment of effective and appropriate organization, apt language, correct grammar, relevant and meaningful tables and illustrations, and-most important-a spirit of vibrancy, intensity, conviction, or enthusiasm in transmitting information.

And the Winner is...

This year, the winner of the Frank R. Smith Outstanding Journal Article Award is Saul Carliner for his article entitled "Physical, Cognitive, and Affective: A Three-Part Framework for Information Design." This article appeared in the 4th quarter 2000 issue.

"I've received the Award of Excellence in this competition twice in the past (1987 and 1995), but this is the first time I've received the "Best Article" award," Saul said.

Saul seems proud of his accomplishment, and so are we. Congratulations, Saul!


Patricia McLaughlin is Vice President of McCracken Financial Software, where she is responsible for training and documentation. Patricia has served as Boston Broadside Associate Editor since 1999.