Call for Student Contributions for the “Student Perspectives” Column in STC’s Intercom magazine

The Intercom magazine, the official magazine of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), has created a new Student Perspectives column dedicated to publishing short (750-1,000 word) entries written by students enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs in technical, scientific, professional, or business communication. Students are encouraged to submit their work for consideration!

Students are welcome to send queries, suggestions, or questions in advance of their submission. Students interested in contributing to this column should contact the Student Perspectives column editor, Ryan Weber, at, and the subject line of the related email should contain the words “Intercom Student Perspectives Column.”

Of particular interest is student work that focuses on the following topics:

  • Leadership in technical communication, both in industry and academia
  • The state of technical communication education
  • The state of the technical communication industry
  • Proposed uses of social media in technical communication contexts
  • New and emerging media trends/developments that might affect technical communication practices or could be used by technical communicators
  • Legal and policy developments that could affect technical communication practices
  • Emerging practices in information design – including document design, web design, and interface design
  • Strategies for understanding audiences and users and meeting their needs
  • Focused examinations of usability/user experience design approaches as related to technical communication
  • Content management and content strategy practices associated with technical communication
  • Ethical issues in technical communication
  • Research practices that can help technical communicators better understand and address the expectations of different audiences
  • Educational approaches related to the teaching of technical communication (particularly in online contexts)
  • International aspects of technical communication
  • Suggested applications of theory to technical communication practices 

Students may also write about other topics that might interest technical communicators working in education, industry, or academia.

This column accepts submissions from any graduate or undergraduate student currently enrolled in an educational program (e.g., certificate or degree program) in technical, scientific, professional, or business communication, and the column publishes both single-authored entries as well as co-authored manuscripts/manuscripts written by two or more student authors.

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