Boston Broadside
July/August 2003
Vol. 60,  No. 6
 Newsletter of the Boston Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication


Copyright © STC Boston 2003

Program Report

Online Award Winners Show Their Stuff

By Carol Macbain

The eight winners of the STC Boston Chapter's Online Competitions Awards met May 1st at the Natick MathWorks facility to demonstrate their outstanding work to members. Writers from the companies listed below either made formal presentations to the group or discussed their work with members at tables around the room.

Greg Bartlett and Allen Kiefer of The MathWorks did an excellent job setting up the space, providing food, and making the event a success. Ellen Lidington and Helen Chen also contributed their considerable energies and organizational talents. Members enjoyed excellent food between and after the presentations while also having a chance to talk with the exhibitors and with each other. We need to have more evenings like this!

Evaluation Criteria

At the annual competition, judges evaluated each entry on how well it met the stated purpose and fulfilled the needs of its audience. They also considered writing, organization, graphics, usability, aesthetics, and the integration of those elements within the overall presentation.

Participating Winners

It was great to see the creative solutions presented by our Boston area winners:

  • Progress Software

    Dan Mc Fadden and Craig VanDerAa, Best of the Show winners, presented Progress's Web-based Training: Database Administration Essentials.

  • Netegrity

    Mary Hadcock and Andrew Munro created Netegrity's SiteMinder 5.5 Integrated Documents.

  • Lotus Development

    Tara Hall represented Lotus and showed their award winning entry, LDD Today, October 2002, Notes/Domino 6 Special Issue.

  • Avid

    Andrew Harrington was on hand to show his entry, Avid Marquee online help.

  • Avid

    Edith Maxwell demonstrated Avid Xpress DV 3.5 online help.

  • HP

    Doug Bonin presented HP's New AlphaServer Series 3D Tour AND Compaq Info Center for Office Depot.

  • Intellution

    Rich Feitelberg presented his work on the Siemens SIMATIC S7 Driver Online Help for Intellution.

  • HP

    Another award winner from HP, Patty Morin, showed her entry, a CD for Smart Array Cluster Storage Training.

Become a Judge

STC members may volunteer to serve as judges for online or print entries. Top winners are entered in the international competitions for further recognition. Lean more about entering your work or becoming a judge on the Competitions page of the Boston Chapter STC Web site.

View the photo gallery of online award winners.

Carol Macbain is a technical writer and member of the Boston Chapter's Online SIG.

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