Tri-C court reporting professor earns national honor

JCR logoThe Cuyahoga Community College, Cuyahoga, Ohio, issued a press release on April 18 announcing that the JCR recently honored Jen Krueger, RMR, CRI, CPE, an associate professor of captioning, with an award for innovative use of technology.

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NCRA student member featured in business article

JCR logoNCRA student member Abby Cook, a student in the court reporting program at the Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pa., was recently featured in an article about career changers. Cook is a cousin of Lisa Nagy-Baker, RDR, CRR, a freelance reporter from Annapolis, Md., and NCRA past president.

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Court reporter’s project gives back to children

JCR logoAlabama court reporter and firm owner Lori Sizemore-Warren, RPR, was recognized in an article in the April 7 News Courier (Athens, Ala.) for founding the My Guardian Angel Project in the fall of 2015. The program provides backpacks to police officers to keep in their cruisers for children who are removed from a home or an accident scene.

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NCRA member quoted about health-care issue

JCR logoThe Journal Times (Racine, Wis.) posted an article on March 27 that includes an interview with NCRA member Mary Vavrik, RMR, a freelance reporter from Anchorage, Alaska, about the recent proposed health-care plan that was slated to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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NCRA member featured in news about her career

JCR logoThe Financial News & Daily Record posted an article on March 27 that showcases the career of NCRA member Diane Tropia, a freelance court reporter and CART captioner.

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JCR Award for Erminia Uviedo, RDR, CRR

Court Reporting & Captioning Week initiatives (2016)

Erminia Uviedo, RDR, CRR, realtiming for students at Southside High School

Erminia Uviedo, RDR, CRR, realtiming for students at Southside High School

Erminia Uviedo, RDR, CRR
San Antonio, Texas

Erminia Uviedo, RDR, CRR, has been very proactive in the San Antonio area in promoting the profession. During the 2016 Court Reporting & Captioning Week, she was able to get the court reporting profession highlighted on a local television station. The TV crew came to the courthouse at 5 a.m., and Uviedo was able to round up court reporting students and court reporters to get up very, very early and make it to the courthouse to be included in the segment.

In addition, spurred by the national week promoting the profession, Uviedo decided to contact as many students as she could to tell them how great court reporting and captioning are. She coordinated 26 career fairs and was able to get 30-35 court reporters and students to volunteer. Uviedo also designed a website with dictation for students to access called speedstenodivas.weebly.com. Since Uviedo’s involvement with

San Antonio College Court Reporting program, attendance has increased from 37 students two years ago to 67 students this fall.

JCR Award for Los Angeles County Court Reporters Association

Court Reporting & Captioning Week initiatives (2016)

Los Angeles County Court Reporters Association during their 2016 Day at the Races

Los Angeles County Court Reporters Association during their 2016 Day at the Races

Los Angeles County Court Reporters Association
Los Angeles, Calif.

On Feb. 20, 2016, the Los Angeles County Court Reporters Association hosted a “Day at the Races” to celebrate the profession with peers, friends, family, students, and the general public. In addition to family and friends, invitations were extended to judges, attorneys, courtroom staff, students, and broadcast and CART captioners. The day included a lunch buffet, a signature drink of “StenoRitas,” a Derby Hat Contest, and a special spotlight on the profession during the fourth race when the Los Angeles County Court Reporters Association was officially recognized in the program.

An example of a derby hat worn for the Los Angeles County Court Reporters Association's 2016 Day at the Races

An example of a derby hat worn for the Los Angeles County Court Reporters Association’s 2016 Day at the Races

“This was a unique way to come together with our justice partners, have a lot of fun, and introduce a wide audience to the profession of court reporting,” wrote Julie Granger, RPR, in her nomination. “Getting the word out about court reporting countrywide can be a logistically difficult endeavor due to the physical size and scope of the country. This event was a great way to celebrate the week and put our wonderful
profession in the spotlight in front of a wide public audience.”

JCR Award for Cuyahoga Community College Captioning and Court Reporting Program

Steve Zinone addresses court reporting and captioning students at Cuyahoga Community College.

Steve Zinone addresses court reporting and captioning students at Cuyahoga Community College.

Court Reporting & Captioning Week initiatives (2016)

Cuyahoga Community College Captioning and Court Reporting Program
Parma, Ohio

During National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, Cuyahoga Community College invited then-NCRA President Stephen Zinone, RPR, to speak to the program’s current and prospective students during an Open House. Zinone’s keynote speech highlighted the many perks of becoming court reporters and captioners and spoke passionately about the profession. The event was held in the college’s SmartTV studio, so that attendees who could not be present in the studio could view the event through a live steaming feed on Tri-C’s website. This afforded them the opportunity to participate “live” by calling in with questions. Additionally, the address was recorded and the link posted to Facebook and Twitter.
In addition, a local news station, WKYC, fi med a segment on the profession, highlighted the program at Cuyahoga Community College, and the program’s Open House. Consequently, the Captioning and Court
Reporting Open House had a record number of more than 90 attending. This segment continues to appear on Tri-C’s website under the “See the Possible” initiative. All of these efforts resulted in increased awareness of the profession, contacts, and enrollment for the fall 2016 semester.

JCR Award for Aimee Goldberg

Community outreach

Aimee Goldberg

Aimee Goldberg

Aimee Goldberg
Minneapolis, Minn.

Aimee Goldberg, who owns Benchmark Reporting Agency in Minnesota, gives back to her community wherever and whenever she can. Her most prominent philanthropic work is raising money for research on multiple sclerosis. Diagnosed in 1999 with the disease, Goldberg formed a team through her company and raised more than $130,000 walking in the Twin Cities MS Walk. The company ranks as one of the highest fundraisers for the MS Walk. In addition, Goldberg and her company have adopted a family through the Simpson House, an organization that provides assistance to people experiencing homelessness. Each year they adopt and provide Christmas presents for an entire family.

JCR Award for Karen Ruud, CRI

Leadership, teambuilding, & mentoring

Karen Ruud, CRI

Karen Ruud, CRI

Karen Ruud, CRI
Madison, Wis.

Karen Ruud, CRI, manager of training for Caption First, has devoted many years to training new reporters. Her current position brings her passion and strength to training court reporters and captioners and improving their writing. She makes concrete suggestions that improve their realtime output and skill, regardless of whether they are just out of school or have been in the business for decades. To aid her, Ruud developed an entire series of hands-on realtime modules. Combined with her nurturing and gentle guidance, Ruud has encouraged many a fellow professional to improve his or her skills and embrace realtime.