The November/December issue of Intercom, with a theme of alternative media, is now online. Below is a copy of the note from editor Liz Pohland for this issue. Remember, Intercom Online now has commenting available, so please ask questions, start a discussion, and give your thoughts. Note the release of the editorial calendar! Please review it and consider writing for STC’s award-winning magazine.
With this final issue of Intercom for 2012, we bid a fond farewell to longtime columnist Dr. Bette Frick. She has been the author of the Business Matters column for nine years. She will be missed in this role, but will continue to assist Intercom as the chair of the Editorial Advisory Panel. Thank you, Bette, for all your insights into the world of freelancing, marketing, and independent business ownership.
Most of the articles in this issue focus on alternative media in technical communication. Marta Rauch from Oracle shows us how gamification is being used in industry to motivate users and enhance experiences. Steve Spohn, from AbleGamers Foundation, introduces us to the new term includification in making accessible games. And Student Member Gwendolynne Barr reports on interviews she conducted with technical writers who specialize in documenting APIs, SDKs, and Web services. She defines these terms and explains what it means to document them.
The issue also contains an article from a group of STC Fellows and Associate Fellows about how their company—SAS—supports their professional development. Readers will find many ideas here to take back to their own workplaces.
The STC publications and editorial staff wish you all a very happy holiday season and New Year. The editorial calendar for 2013 has been posted online. Take a look and consider submitting an article for the coming year!