2018 class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters announced

NCRA has announced the 2018 class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters. The recipients will be recognized during an Awards Luncheon at the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo in New Orleans, La., being held Aug. 2-5.

The 2018 class of Fellows are:

  • Mary P. Bader, RPR, an official court reporter from Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Allison A. Kimmel, RDR, CRR, CRC, an official court reporter and broadcast captioner from Marysville, Ohio
  • Donna Karoscik, RDR, CRR, CRC, a freelance court reporter from Pickerington, Ohio
  • Jen Krueger, RMR, CRI, CPE, a freelance court reporter and instructor from Strongsville, Ohio
  • Yolanda Walton, RPR, an official court reporter from Norwalk, Ohio

Membership in the Academy symbolizes excellence among NCRA members. The designation of FAPR represents an individual’s dedication to the court reporting and captioning professions and expresses the highest level of professional ethics.

To be nominated for membership in the Academy, candidates must be a Registered Member of NCRA with at least 10 years of professional experience and have attained distinction as measured by performance in at least three of the five performance categories. This performance could include publication of important papers, creative contributions, service on committees or boards, teaching, and more.

Reminder: Registration for INTERSTENO Internet Keyboarding Competition closes April 22

Registration for Intersteno’s 2018 Internet Keyboarding Competition being held April 23 through May 9 via its website closes April 22. The online competition allows steno machine writers and other keyboarders to test their skills and find out how they rate worldwide. NCRA members who place in the contest will be listed in upcoming issues of the JCR and JCR Weekly.

Competitors will use the Taki software, which is a free download on the Intersteno website, and can participate on a day of their own choosing between April 23 and May 9. It’s up to the individual to decide how they want to enter the competition.

Court reporting programs can register groups of students and host a competition for a class or entire school in conjunction with the event. Court reporting students who are interested in participating should contact their instructor about registering.

For more information about the competition or to register as an individual contestant, contact NCRA at intersteno@ncra.org.

More information on the contest is available at Intersteno.org.

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NCRA lowers prices on webinars and e-seminars for members

Just in time for Celebrate Certification Month taking place in May, NCRA has lowered prices for members on its webinars and e-seminars. NCRA’s webinars and e-seminars are popular because they allow members to earn CEUs and learn at their own pace.

The lower prices took effect April 2. For a 60-minute webinar or e-seminar, NCRA members now pay $55, compared to a nonmember price of $79. In addition, the price for a 90-minute webinar or e-seminar has been lowered to $79 for NCRA members, compared to $99 for nonmembers. To find out more about NCRA’s webinars and e-seminars, visit NCRA.org/Continuing Education.

Don’t be left out of print: Update your 2018-2019 NCRA Sourcebook listing by April 15

April 15 is the deadline to update information for the 2018-2019 NCRA Sourcebook. The NCRA Sourcebook is the perfect chance for NCRA members to easily connect with other court reporters, captioners, legal videographers, and other related service providers. For the sixth year, the streamlined publication will be circulated to the entire membership. In addition, the print version of the NCRA Sourcebook is distributed at legal industry events and at conferences held for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Updating is easy. Members only need to log in using their NCRA ID# and password, then click “Login.” Under “My NCRA” follow these two steps: Choose “My Main Profile” and then choose “My Sourcebook Listings.” Make updates in both areas and be sure to click “save” at the bottom of each screen.

Any updates to a member’s record made by April 15 will be included in the 2018-2019 NCRA Sourcebook that will be mailed at the end of the summer. Updates are made to the online NCRA Sourcebook on an ongoing basis.

Please address any questions about your information to sourcebook@ncra.org.

NCRA Town Hall with Marcia Ferranto Announced for April

NCRA has announced that CEO and Executive Director Marcia Ferranto will host a series of virtual town halls, during which she will present an update about the association followed by a question and answer period with members. The first town hall is scheduled for April 28, 2018, at 10 a.m. ET. Members must register to attend the town hall, which will be presented via video conference.

“I am excited to be holding these town hall meetings and encourage everyone to participate. Input from members is vital to guiding the Association into the future as we work together to promote, protect, and provide for the court reporting and captioning professions. I look forward to the sharing of inspiring insights and ideas,” Ferranto said.

Zoom, the platform that the town hall will be presented on, will allow Ferranto to be seen via a video link and will allow participants to submit questions online. The April town hall will be recorded and marks the first of several scheduled for 2018 and into 2019. Additional dates are July 28, October 27, and January 26, 2019. Registration information will be made available to members one month prior to each town hall via the JCR, JCR Weekly, and emails. To register for the April town hall, visit NCRA Town Hall.

Join NCRA by March 31 for chance to win a Kindle

Join NCRA by March 31, and you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a free Kindle Fire. You can join online, by mail, or by phone.

Membership benefits include access to timely professional news, complimentary listings in the print and online NCRA Sourcebook, and savings on certifications, event registrations, insurance, the NCRA Store, the NCRA Saving Center, and more.

Update your 2018-2019 NCRA Sourcebook listing by April 15

Also, don’t forget to update your information by April 15 to make sure you are included in the 2018-2019 NCRA Sourcebook. The NCRA Sourcebook is the perfect chance for members to easily connect with other court reporters, captioners, legal videographers, and other related service providers. For the sixth year, the streamlined publication will be circulated to the entire membership. In addition, the print version of the NCRA Sourcebook is distributed at legal industry events and at conferences held for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Now is the time to make sure your information is up to date. Log in using your NCRA ID# and your password, then click “Login.” Under “My NCRA” follow these two steps: Choose “My Main Profile” and then choose “My Sourcebook Listings.” Make updates in both areas and be sure to click “save” at the bottom of each screen.

Any updates to your record made by April 15 will be included in the 2018-2019 NCRA Sourcebook that will be mailed at the end of the summer. Updates are made to the online NCRA Sourcebook on an ongoing basis.

Please address any questions about your information to sourcebook@ncra.org.

Court reporters: Crucial and often unsung players in court, elsewhere

NCRA members and official court reporters from New Jersey, Argia Riggs, RDR, Lois McFadden, RDR, CRR, CRC, and Colleen Kisielewski, RMR, CRR, CRC, were featured in an article posted by The Burlington County Times on March 12 about the court reporting profession both in and outside of the courtroom.

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It’s March madness at NCRA!

In celebration of March madness, NCRA is offering a number of membership and educational opportunities just in time for spring.

Join NCRA or renew your membership by March 31, and you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a free Kindle Fire. Members renewing can do so online, by mail, or by phone.

Membership benefits include access to timely professional news, complimentary listings in the print and online NCRA Sourcebook, and savings on certifications, event registrations, insurance, the NCRA Store, the NCRA Saving Center, and more.

Register now for a new NCRA webinar to be presented by Jason Meadors, FAPR, RPR, CRR, CRC, titled “Have Writer Will Travel – The International Experience,” and earn 0.15 CEU. The webinar is being held Thursday, March 15, from 6-7:30 p.m. and is an informative and humor-filled instruction outlining the dynamics of work in the international realm, including job preparation, job execution, the vagaries and challenges of travel, and how reporters get such assignments.

Meadors, from Fort Collins, Colo., is a reporter with 40 years of experience, both in the military and as an official court reporter, freelancer, and CART captioner. He has authored numerous reporting articles and has traveled coast to coast and literally around the world in his reporting career. He has also held various positions in national, state, and user group associations.

Members can also take advantage of NCRA’s 72-hour spring sale on March 20-22. The sale offers the opportunity to purchase a bundle (up to 0.8 CEU) of top-rated e-seminars for only $85.00. Sale hours are from 12:01 a.m. ET on March 20 until 11:59 p.m. ET on March 22. Buyers have 30 days from the date of purchase to view the seminars. Topics range from technology, career growth, tales from the trenches to trial presentation, and more. Be sure to look for an email announcing the sale in your inbox.

How long do we have to save important documents?

A blog posted Feb. 27 by Kramm Court Reporting offers advice on how long to save important documents ranging from bank and credit card receipts to tax returns and life insurance policies.

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NCRA member earns Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

In a press release issued Feb. 27, Marquis Who’s Who announced that NCRA Lifetime retired member H. Allen Benowitz, FAPR, RMR (Ret.), has been awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. During his membership, Benowitz served on a number of NCRA committees and is also a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters.

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