Is your information for the 2017-2018 NCRA Sourcebook correct?

By Jennifer Late

If you don’t know the answer to this question, it’s time to check by visiting

If you have moved, started a new job, or if you just haven’t looked at the new site recently, it’s time to update your print and online NCRA Sourcebook profiles.

NCRA provides both the print and online NCRA Sourcebook to help lawyers, paralegals, court reporting and captioning firms, members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, and other court reporters find NCRA members. Don’t be left out of these important resources. Update your profiles today!

The deadline to update your profile for the inclusion in the print NCRA Sourcebook is April 15. You can update your online NCRA Sourcebook listing anytime you have a change in circumstance.

Instructions for updating your profiles

  1. Log in to the member access area of the home page on

The “My Main Profile” tab is your information for the print 2017–2018 NCRA Sourcebook. And the “My Sourcebook Listings” tab is your information for the online NCRA Sourcebook. For many members, this information may be identical, but some members may request that different data be shown in these areas. If you forgot your password, click on the “Forgot/Reset Password” link on and follow the instructions.

  1. Confirm your information for the print 2017–2018 NCRA Sourcebook.

The print 2017–2018 NCRA Sourcebook will go into production in just a few short weeks. Select the “My Main Profile” button to view the information that will appear in your basic print listing if you do not make changes by April 15.

If any of your print 2017–2018 NCRA Sourcebook information needs to be updated, please:

  1. Make your necessary changes
  2. Click “Save” at the bottom of the screen to save your updates

If you wish to purchase multiple listings, display advertising, Buyer’s Guide advertising, and Premium or Premium Plus firm directory listings for the print 2017–2018 NCRA Sourcebook, please contact by May 1.

  1. Confirm your information for the online NCRA Sourcebook.

The online NCRA Sourcebook is available 24/7 for updating. Select the “My Sourcebook Listings” button to view the information that will appear in your basic online listing unless you make changes.

If any of your online NCRA Sourcebook information needs to be updated, please:

  1. Choose “Update”
  2. Make your necessary changes
  3. Click “Save” at the bottom of the screen to save your updates

If you wish to purchase a Premium or Premium Plus listing for the online NCRA Sourcebook, choose “View/Upgrade” in step 1 above.

A few last notes about updating your Sourcebook listings.

Your credentials can only be updated by NCRA staff and state credentials are not listed in the NCRA Sourcebook. For accuracy and security purposes, we cannot accept verbal changes over the phone. If you have questions about your information, please email

Jennifer Late is NCRA’s Assistant Director of Membership. She can be reached at

Challenges, contests, prizes, and fun under way for Court Reporting & Captioning Week

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Medal for TCRA’s virtual run celebrating the 2017 Court Reporting & Captioning Week

As NCRA members, court reporting students, schools, and others get ready for the start of the 2017 Court Reporting & Captioning Week being celebrated Feb. 11-18, a number of challenges and contests offering some hefty prizes have been issued across the nation.

NCRA’s Student Committee has challenged court reporting students to transcribe as many tests as possible during the week to qualify for a prize. Under the contest’s rules, participants do not have to pass the tests, simply transcribe them. The first-place winner will be awarded a copy of NCRA’s RPR Study Guide. The second-place winner will receive a choice of a one-year student membership to the Association or one leg of the RPR Skills Test. The third-place winner will earn a $25 Starbucks gift card. Winners will be announced in the Feb. 22 issue of the JCR Weekly.

Students taking the challenge will be required to submit a test verification form, signed by both the student and a teacher.

The Texas Court Reporters Association (TCRA) is sponsoring Off the Record and On the Run, a virtual run being held Feb. 1-28, in celebration of Court Reporting & Captioning Week. Anyone can participate, according to Beth Faulk, TCRA’s executive director. The event is expected to generate not only awareness and support of the court reporting profession but to also offer a healthy social outlet for court reporters who want to get together and have fun with their friends, Faulk explained.

The cost to register is $25. Participants who run 5k, 10k, or a half marathon will receive a four-inch retro style writing machine medal adorned with a ribbon that reads “AUF T RORD.” All proceeds will benefit TCRA to help it continue to provide quality education, advocacy, and services to its members.

“Those who signed up first have already started receiving their medals and love them! Various reporters and groups are organizing to conduct their runs and walks all together at different parks and locations during National Court Reporting & Captioning Week,” Faulk said She noted that since it is a virtual run, participants can even compete on a treadmill.

Although participants are encouraged to submit their finish time, they are not required to do so to receive their medal. Additional information and registration for the event is can be found at

The friendly challenged issued by NCRA’s National Committee of State Associations (NCSA) is also heating up. The challenge calls on all state associations to join forces with their members to participate in career fairs, provide realtime demonstrations at high schools and guidance counselor meetings, or host a Veterans History Project events to celebrate Court Reporting & Captioning Week.

Members of the Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association (PCRA) will be conducting three Veterans History Project interviews at local restaurants, including at one site in New Jersey. Julie Wilson, a PCRA district director said the association has both freelance and official court reporters from Chester, Bucks, Lancaster, and Philadelphia counties volunteering to interview and transcribe the stories of the veteran participants.

The winner of the 2016 NCSA challenge, Erminia Uviedo, RDR, CRR, a freelance court reporter from San Antonio, Texas, said members in her city have already participated in 18 school demonstrations and have an additional eight more planned for later in the spring. Uviedo plans to exceed last year’s number of 26 school demonstrations to once again earn NCSA’s top honors.

The competition for the NCSA challenge closes Feb. 18. Anyone participating in a qualifying event can receive credit for it by documenting their efforts at the NCSA contest site. All entries will automatically be entered into the contest. There is no limit to the number of contest entries states can have. Click on the NSCA challenge registration site to register your event.

The ways to celebrate 2017 Court Reporting & Captioning Week are unlimited. To learn more how you can celebrate the week or to find the latest in resources, including press release templates, media pitches, presentations, and more, visit the Resource Center on or contact the NCRA communications team at And don’t forget to share with NCRA how you celebrate.

NCRA partner Excelsior College offers webinars to aid in transfers

Excelsior College, Albany, N.Y., has announced that it is offering monthly “Transfer Made Easy” webinars to assist new students with transferring educational records from other organizations.

Excelsior College is an accredited, nonprofit educational institution that offers members and their spouses or domestic partners the opportunity to pursue higher-learning education at a reduced tuition rate. NCRA and Excelsior College partnered in 2016 as part of the Association’s continuing efforts to build the industry and business skills of current and future members by supporting member career development.

The monthly webinars are held on the first Wednesday of each month and run from 3 to 4 p.m. ET. The goal of the seminars is to provide an overview of Excelsior College for NCRA students that includes partnership benefits such as tuition discounts and fee waivers, individual schools and degree programs that are available to them, student services that will help them succeed, and next steps for getting started.

For more information, contact or call 518-608-8399. Online registration for the webinars is also available.

Why should I belong to my state and national associations?

Call for volunteers imageBy Debbie Kriegshauser

When I was a new reporter, or even when I was a student for that matter, I knew very little about my profession. I had many questions I wanted to ask but was too scared to show my ignorance, trying to convince myself of the old saying, “no question is a stupid question.” I wanted to learn as much as I could, and doing an internship at the Peoria County Courthouse wasn’t quite allowing me to appreciate what the freelance world would be like or even if being an official in Peoria was similar to any courthouse job nationwide. I struggled to figure out: Do I want to be a freelance reporter or an official reporter?

Fortunately, I had an amazing instructor who was a past court reporter. This instructor was adamant about us joining the national association as student members and encouraged us to join our state association as well, especially when we could take advantage of the student price. We were pretty much expected to join the national association because she wanted us to receive the JCR magazine, and we eventually ended up with homework assignments using it.

Through this experience, I was truly educated, via the magazine, about the vast array of reporting fields that existed across the world. The job listings and equipment offered for sale were unbelievable. I was getting all the answers I needed to the questions I was afraid to ask. I would get so pumped up, gathering ideas on how to build speed and perfect my writing. I soon found myself getting over the hurdle of 160 wpm and flying through 180 and 225. I wanted to get out into that working world as fast as I could.

Excited by the knowledge I was gaining through the JCR, I was curious what my state organization would be like. I just had to go see for myself. I quickly joined the Illinois Shorthand Reporters Association (now the Illinois Court Reporters Association) and was truly amazed at the newsletter they provided. This newsletter also promoted various job openings in the state as well as tidbits on steno briefs. I was convinced there would be a job for me out there somewhere.

I attended one of my state conventions after learning about it through their Ad Infinitum newsletter. Wow! After being around all those working reporters, yes, this is what I wanted to do. I very shortly thereafter learned through the newsletter that there was a board position open as the southern regional representative that they were desperately trying to fill. Why not give it a try! I ended up getting the position, and, well, the rest is history. I’ve been serving on a board, committee, or council of my state and national organizations ever since with no lapse in service since around 1985. The networking opportunities association service has provided me have been priceless, to say the least. It’s fun to attend state and national association seminars and conventions, and be recognized by your fellow peers.

Beyond networking, I’ve taken advantage of many other benefits my memberships provide. My memberships have helped me insure my equipment; get discounts for court reporting–related products and services, like software or office supplies; access directories to find names of reporters wherever I need one; and see promotions of upcoming CEU-approved seminars. Supporting the legislative efforts that protect my profession and understanding the issues we face as working reporters is also a definite asset to my membership.

Of course, as the years have gone by, the value-added services have become tenfold with the advances in technology. Those directories have gone online, so I can easily find a court reporter, videographer, instructor, or software vendor. NCRA, and many state associations, have discussion groups on social media where I can ask questions and get new ideas. The NCRA website also has information on state association–sponsored seminars and events in and around your area as well as a library of e-seminars.

I can honestly say my state and national association memberships have brought me to where I am today. I’ve served on the Illinois Court Reporters Association Board, even as president for two terms, the Missouri Court Reporters Association Board, endless committees with NCRA, and I have even been involved with the CLVS Council. I’ve been approached to apply for jobs. I didn’t intend to become a federal official reporter, but I am one now, thanks to other reporters who threw my hat in for the position. Many reporters have become familiar with me through my state and national membership affiliations.

The real question is: Can I live without state and national association memberships?

Debbie Kriegshauser, RMR, CRR, CLVS, is an official in St. Louis, Mo. She can be reached at

Nominations for the NCRA Board of Directors close on Jan. 20

JCRWeekly_CallforNomsIf making a difference is one of your new year resolutions, there’s still time to step up and nominate yourself or a colleague to serve on NCRA’s 2017-2018 Board of Directors. The deadline to submit a nomination is Jan. 20. Nominations should be submitted to

“I am a believer in giving back, which is why board service at the state and national level were important to me,” said Michele Melhorn, RMR, an official court reporter from Arlington, Va., and former director. “I was handed great mentors, made great friends, and learned a lot about myself.” Melhorn served a three-year term on the Board from 2013-2016.

Service on NCRA’s Board of Directors also offers the opportunity to help shape the Association and have a positive influence on the profession as a whole.

Call for 2017 DSA nominations

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Willy Greenley accepts the 2016 DSA on behalf of her husband William

Has a peer or colleague gone above and beyond to support NCRA and the court reporting and captioning profession? Then consider nominating that person for NCRA’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award (DSA). The deadline to nominate someone for NCRA’s 57th DSA is Feb. 10.

The DSA is the highest honor NCRA can bestow on a member. It recognizes the distinguished work and service by an individual member for the benefit of the court reporting profession, including service to NCRA as a member, a committee member, a director, or an officer of the association. Other displays of distinguished work include contributing to the JCR or service at a state court reporters association or in the field of public relations or public affairs. Award winners are recognized at the NCRA Convention & Expo.

To be eligible for consideration, only voting members of NCRA or by recognized court reporting associations can submit nominations. In addition, nominations must include information supporting why the nominee should be considered. Finally, DSA candidates cannot be an active member of the DSA Committee or the NCRA Board of Directors.

The purpose of the Distinguished Service Award is to encourage and recognize work amounting to distinguished service by individual members for the benefit of the reporting profession. A recipient of the DSA:

  • must be a Registered Member of NCRA in good standing or a Registered Retired Member who was a member in good standing upon retirement
  • cannot be an active member of the DSA Committee or an active officer or director of the Association
  • must have been involved in NCRA affairs on an extensive level, along with service to state and other reporting associations, public affairs and public relations, writing for association publications, and the advancement of the profession

Voting members of NCRA may submit nominations through an online form, by email to, or by mail to NCRA, Attn: DSA, 12030 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston, VA 20191, by Feb. 10. Click here for more information.

New webinars from NCRA in January

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Need continuing education credits (CEUs) or just looking for a good webinar? NCRA is offering three new webinars for members in January that address the importance of good communication, transitioning from court reporting to captioning, and sparking inner motivation.

On Jan. 18 from 7-8 p.m. ET, members can tune in to hear Lynette Eggers, CRI, CPE, and learn how good relationships are built on the foundation of effective communication through a webinar entitled “Communicate with Power and Influence.” Eggers, who has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of court reporting and coaching, holds two master’s degrees and has served on a number of NCRA committees. A past instructor for NCRA’s Total Immersion pilot program, she is a recognized Certified Professional Coach and owner of Life to Grow Coaching & Leadership. The cost of the webinar is $79 and earns 0.1 CEU. To learn more or to register, visit NCRA’s webinar page.

Next on the schedule is “Transitioning from Court Reporting to Captioning,” a 90-minute webinar on Jan. 24, from 6:30-8 p.m. ET, co-presented by Steve Clark, CRC, and Chase Frazier, RMR, CRR, CRC. The webinar is designed help answer common questions professionals have when making the transition from the courtroom to the world of freelance work or the broadcast and CART captioning arena. The cost of the webinar is $99 and is equal to 0.15 CEU. To learn more, or to register, visit NCRA’s webinar page.

On Jan. 26, from 7-8 p.m. ET, Eggers is back with a webinar called “Lighting Your Fire! — Sparking Your Inner Motivation and Potential,” designed to help participants understand how to become more effective and fulfilled as an individual and learn more about building a greater sense of purpose and more. The cost of the webinar is $79 and is equal to 0.1 CEU. To learn more or to register, visit NCRA’s webinar page.

Support NCRA’s mission and consider serving on the Board of Directors

JCRWeekly_CallforNomsDo you have what it takes to help lead NCRA and the court reporting and captioning profession into the future? Or do you know someone who does? Then consider attending a no-obligation board service webinar that will be held Jan. 10, 2017, at 8 p.m. ET, and learn how you can influence the future of the court reporting and captioning profession. Candidates can also dial into the webinar using a phone: United States (toll-free): 877-568-4106 or United States 224-501-3217, access code 114-887-501. The webinar is designed to provide members interested in serving on the board with a better understanding of the process and expectations during the nominating period. The webinar will be recorded and available for viewing after its live presentation.

Learn more about serving on the NCRA Board of Directors.

New benefits for NCRA members now available

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NCRA members are invited to take advantage of new benefits designed to save them money on a variety of products and services. These benefits are through the Association’s long-time partnership with Mercer and new participation in Windfall Savings’ Saving Center.

Mercer Health & Benefits Administration is now offering affordable cyber liability insurance through Edgewater Holdings. The insurance is designed to mitigate losses from a variety of cyber incidents, including data breaches, network damage, and third-party lawsuits due to loss of privacy. Mercer has provided NCRA members with customized insurance plans for 50 years.

The latest benefit for NCRA members is a new Saving Center, administered by Windfall Savings. The Saving Center includes 16 suppliers such as Office Depot, FedEx, payroll services, and more. There is no cost for NCRA members to sign up.

NCRA members can easily buy in-store or online from Office Depot by using a personalized purchase card. Discounts include:

  • up to 80 percent off Office Depot’s business-select catalog
  • 15 percent off retail Web prices on 3,000 of its most popular products
  • additional savings on 93,000 products discounted below retail cost

Other Office Depot products and services include emailed monthly specials, access to coupons online, and discounts on photocopy services.

The Saving Center also includes FedEx services, such as:

  • ground parcel service with no minimum shipping requirements
  • up to 54 percent off the list rate on select priority overnight and standard overnight deliveries within the United States

Other discounts are also available on the Express Saver, select ground services, and international services offered by FedEx.

The Saving Center also includes USPAY, which provides credit card processing services, software, and equipment; Hotel Engine, which provides savings on more than 40,000 hotels worldwide with rates not available to the public; and more:

  • ADP payroll services
  • Sterling Talent Solutions
  • WellCloudMD
  • com
  • YRC freight shipping services
  • Merchology
  • EarthLink
  • CDW computers, components, software, and electronics
  • Backblaze
  • Transworld collection services
  • 4imprint
  • Lifelock identity theft protection services

To learn more about what the Saving Center offers NCRA members or to register to sign up, go to Alternately, contact the Windfall Savings member care team at 888-868-4030 or

Members encouraged to renew ahead of Dec. 31 deadline

By Jennifer Late

Click here to renew now!

Photo by: Erik Araujo. Used and adapted with permission via Creative Commons

Members who haven’t yet renewed are encouraged to do so before the Dec. 31 deadline in order to keep all of their member benefits. Renewing is easy online.

“Being a member of NCRA doesn’t only give you the support from other members personally and professionally, it gives you opportunities to connect with professionals from across the nation,” said Danielle Griffin, RPR, a freelancer in Phoenix, Ariz. “As a new professional myself, it is vital to keep up with our rapidly-changing industry. NCRA gives its members insight from top leaders in the field, learning opportunities to continue growing, and more reasons to continue testing with the new online testing platform.”

Please note: The online renewal process looks a little different this year. You will now renew and enter payment on the page instead of the Membership Tools page.

  1. Select “Renew online now.”
  2. Log in with your NCRA ID number (Contact Number) and your password (initially your last name, all lowercase).
  3. Click the “Renew” button for your upcoming membership invoice.
  4. Select “Enter Payment” to enter your credit card information on the secure website.
  5. Once complete, select “Enter Payment” again in order to proceed to check out.
  6. You will see a “Thank you for your purchase!” screen and will receive an email receipt.

NCRA continues to work for its members

Membership provides a large variety of benefits, including credentialing, education, and advocacy.

  • Online skills testing – Whether you are just starting testing for your RPR or going for your CRC or an advanced certification, you can now complete your skills tests from the comfort of your own home. With more opportunities to test, you will be able to achieve your certification goals faster and increase your earning potential.
  • CRC Workshop & Certification – Based on member demand for more training in the field, NCRA created a new workshop program designed just for captioners.
  • FCC Captioning Quality Standards — NCRA’s Government Relations team has been working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance and the Federal Communications Commission to develop new captioning quality standards.
  • Increased online education opportunities – NCRA has expanded its first-class educational programming via webinars and e-seminars vetted to ensure they meet the needs of the marketplace. New online webinars and e-seminars were added each month for members to purchase, view, and earn CEUs.
  • Exhibiting at the ABA TechShow – NCRA has been advocating for you with judges, attorneys, paralegals, clerks, and other legal professionals. With a focus on what your certifications mean and the value of realtime, NCRA is raising the overall awareness of the profession with the people who matter.
  • For CLVS members – A stronger CLVS emphasis was added to the NCRA Convention & Expo, helping videographers network directly with the court reporting membership. By popular demand, new seminars and webinars were created to help CLVSs stay on the cutting edge of technology.

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In an effort to embrace technology, NCRA will continue our practice of sending only electronic membership cards to members via email. Members can expect to receive their membership card within approximately four weeks of renewing if they have a valid email address and have not previously opted out of Constant Contact email messaging.

Jennifer Late is NCRA’s Membership & Marketing Manager. She can be reached at