Download the perfect companion to enhance your Convention & Expo experience

Before heading to New Orleans for the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo, be sure to download the official NCRA convention app to get the most out of the event.

Downloading the 2018 NCRA Convention app is easy. Visit the iTunes App Store or Google Play and search “National Court Reporters.”

Logging in to the app is easy.

  • If you registered for the Convention & Expo with an email, use your email as username  and for the password, use CV2018.
  • If you did not use an email address to register for the event, log in using your first initial and last name (e.g. Jane Smith’s login would be “jsmith”) with the password CV2018.
  • After you’ve logged in the first time, NCRA recommends that you change your password from the default password of CV2018 to one of your choice to ensure that access to your app remains secure.

If you don’t want to download the app, you can access the web version of it via the following URL: tripbuilder.net/html5/ncra17-18.

Session attendees will need the mobile app to scan their sessions for CEU credit. To do so, be sure to allow the app to access your camera so that you are able to scan QR codes and register for sessions.

Don’t wait. Download the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo app now! For more information about the app’s features, be sure to review the official Mobile App Guide.

App users who have additional questions should contact meetings@ncra.org.

 

Be a part of NCRA’s PAC basket raffle fundraiser

Support NCRA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) by planning to be a part of the Government Relations Department’s Gift Basket Extravaganza raffle. The raffle is being held at the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo taking place Aug. 2-5 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, in New Orleans.

Several state associations have donated gift baskets that contain items that show the uniqueness of their state and their association’s pride in it! Among the state associations that have donated a basket for the fundraising event are:

  • Arizona Court Reporters Association
  • California Court Reporters Association
  • California Official Court Reporters Association – donated by NCRA student member Shaunise Day
  • Colorado Court Reporters Association
  • Florida Court Reporters Association
  • Georgia Court Reporters Association
  • Kansas Association of Court Reporters
  • Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters
  • Mississippi Court Reporters Association
  • National Court Reporters Association – includes items that reflect Washington, D.C.
  • New York State Court Reporters Association
  • West Virginia Court Reporters Association
  • Wisconsin Court Reporters Association

Here’s how the gift basket works

Convention attendees can donate money and receive a certain number of tickets, which they can place in the bowls for the baskets they would like to win. People can choose to put all of their tickets into one bowl or distribute it among several of the baskets. The winner of the basket will be chosen randomly. A minimum donation of $25 will yield you 10 tickets. All proceeds received will go to support NCRA’s PAC.

Each state association that donates a gift basket is entered into a drawing for a chance to win a free registration to the 2019 NCRA Legislative Boot Camp. Which state wins the NCRA Legislative Boot Camp registration is based on which basket is the biggest draw at Convention. Convention attendees who contribute to NCRA PAC in exchange for raffle tickets will vote by putting their raffle tickets in a bowl for the basket they want to win. The basket that accumulates the highest number of tickets wins the 2019 NCRA Legislative Boot Camp registration.

NCRA’s PAC is an important way members can help shape how the captioning and court reporting professions are addressed at the federal level, so be sure to stop by the NCRA Government Relations Booth to support political advocacy for the court reporting and captioning professions. “With the 2018 midterm elections coming up, NCRA has an opportunity to cultivate new alliances in the federal government and to ensure that members of Congress who know the importance of court reporters and support the court reporting profession in the United States stay in office,” said NCRA Government Relations Manager Matthew Barusch.

If you have any questions about the 2018 NCRA PAC Gift Basket Extravaganza, contact Matthew Barusch at mbarusch@ncra.org.

NCRA welcomes new Corporate Partners

NCRA recently welcomed three additional major industry leaders to is Corporate Partnership Program bringing the total number of supporters serving or representing the court reporting and captioning professions to eight.

The most recent industry leaders to join NCRA’s Corporate Partnership Program include:

NCRA’s latest corporate partners join the following industry leaders as corporate partners:

NCRA’s Corporate Partnership Program, which ranges in levels of support from $10,000 to $100,000, aids in business and workforce development efforts by NCRA and the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF).

“We continue to focus on the next generation of captioners and court reporters by illustrating that these professions are viable and lucrative career opportunities,” said NCRA Executive Director  and CEO Marcia Ferranto. “We’re excited about the diversity of the organizations that are joining our commitment to closing the shortage gap of stenographers nationally and are especially honored that MacCormac College has become a partner,” she added.

“We are delighted to join the NCRA Corporate Partnership Program,” said Dr. Alexis Stephens, Chancellor of MacCormac College. “As a leading school for court reporting education and also the nation’s oldest, we have the expertise and a desire to impact the industry and to transform student lives through education. Employing new approaches and building strategic partnerships to amplify our current reach is a top priority for MacCormac. In partnering with NCRA, we are creating a cross-professional approach to not only support students but to bring awareness to the field and to revolutionize court reporting education globally,” she said.

“NCRA recognizes that there are various methods available to capture the spoken word, but our emphasis is on ensuring that both the general public and the legal industry understand that stenography is by far the most effective and desired method, and our Corporate Partners like Magna and U.S. Legal Support are a key part of the sustainability and growth of these initiatives,” Ferranto said.

“We felt honored by NCRA’s outreach to include us among its corporate partners. Having been a court reporter for more than 40 years and having two children and a nephew presently practicing court reporting, the decision for us to give back to a profession that has provided so many individual opportunities to me and my family, in addition to our Magna partners and staff, was an easy one,” said Bob Ackerman, President of Magna Legal Services. “We look forward to working with NCRA in helping to identify and resolve the challenges and opportunities facing the court reporting industry today,” he added.

“U.S. Legal Support is excited to partner with NCRA on the bold initiatives being developed to promote the advancement of the reporting profession,” said Peter Giammanco, COO of U.S. Legal Support. “As an NCRA Corporate Partner, we look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the development of real-life solutions for the challenges that face the reporting community. We feel fortunate to work alongside NCRA as we continue to promote awareness of this great profession to the public and continued encouragement to students, while engaging on meaningful topics with the Board and Membership to continue to build our future as reporters.

For information about NCRA’s Corporate Partnership Program or event sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mary Petto, Senior Director of External Affairs, at mpetto@ncra.org.

Captioning word of the month: Tape measure home run

Steve Clark

Below is the third in a series of monthly featured words to help captioners build their dictionaries and knowledge. The words for this series are being provided by Steve Clark, CRC, a captioner from Washington, D.C. Clark captions for Home Team Captions and covers the Baltimore Ravens NFL team  and the Washington Nationals baseball team. Clark also co-chairs NCRA’s Broadcast and CART Captioning Committee.

Since the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was this month, our term this week, tape measure home runcomes from baseball. The link below contains a short video which further describes this term and its very interesting origin.


Tape measure home run

(baseball)

Definition

In baseball, a home run is a hit that allows the batter to run the bases and reach home plate safely. Most often this occurs when the ball is hit fairly over the outfield fence or wall. A tape measure home run is a home run that travels an exceptionally long distance.

Usage     

“The pitch, and Mickey Mantle connects with that one. See you later! Into the upper deck. Talk about a tape measure home run.”

Link

Tape measure home run

 

You can still register on-site for the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo

Although online registration for NCRA’s 2018 Convention & Expo is closed, you can still register on-site for this premier event taking place Aug. 2-5 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, in colorful New Orleans, La.

On-site registration opens Thursday, Aug. 2, at 7 a.m. and closes at 6:30 p.m. Registration is open on Friday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4, from 6:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Don’t miss the excitement of this year’s Convention & Expo with highlights that include:

Keynote speaker Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré (U.S. Army, Ret.), a 37-year veteran of active service who served as the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, during which time he became known as the “Category 5 General” for his striking leadership style in coordinating military relief efforts in post-hurricane New Orleans. In addition to sharing insights into his leadership skills with attendees at the premier session, Honoré will write his military story in a special Veterans History Project event. His story will be preserved at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., as part of its VHP program.

An all-inclusive schedule is sure to appeal to anyone in the court reporting, captioning, and legal video professions, and in the educational arena.

Dozens of vendors will showcase the latest in new products and services specifically for the court reporting and captioning professions, including software, equipment, support services, new products, and more.

Other schedule highlights include workshops, business sessions, and Learning Zones that will offer attendees added opportunities to mingle and network; the National Speed and Realtime Contests; and the Member Recognition Gala. Throughout the Convention, attendees can earn up to 2.3 CEUs.

And be sure to stop by the National Court Reporters Foundation booth to enter a raffle to win a one-of-a-kind Luminex steno machine.

For more information about NCRA’s 2018 Convention & Expo or to see the schedule, visit NCRA.org/Convention.

 

Follow the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo online

Whether you are on-site or holding down the home front during the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo, Aug. 2-5 in New Orleans, La., be sure to follow along with all that’s happening at special sessions, networking events, the Expo floor, and more by checking in with the JCR.com, Facebook, and Twitter.

Throughout the Convention, NCRA will be posting updates on the JCR.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter using #NCRA18. Follow along for important information for attendees as well as breaking news for members who are keeping up with the action from home. Everyone is encouraged to join the conversation and share their stories from New Orleans.

For those attending the Convention, the official app will also keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings. The app is available in the Apple app store and on Google Play.

An unforgettable Convention experience

What will you remember the most about this year’s Convention & Expo? Members of NCRA’s Student/Teacher Committee continue the conversation about their experiences at past Conventions. What were the most memorable moments? What or who made the most impact on them? Read their stories here, and next year you’ll be sharing your own stories…

Len Sperling

Whitney Berndt

A young woman and a young man stand next to each other smiling

Shaunise Day (left)

Gayl Hardeman

portrait of the author

Kay Moody

Callie Sajdera

Members of NCRA’s Student/Teacher Committee, Callie Sajdera, a student at Anoka Technical College in Anoka, Minn., Gayl Hardeman, RDR, CRR, CRC, CRI, an instructor at Hardeman School (Tampa, Fla.), Kay Moody, MCRI, CPE, an instructor at College of Court Reporting in Valparaiso, Ind., Len Sperling, CRI, an instructor at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Alberta, Canada, Whitney Berndt, a student at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, Wis., and Shaunise Day, a student at West Valley College in Oakland, Calif., offer their thoughts and advice for attending Convention.

JCR | What has been one of the best seminars or workshops you have ever attended at an NCRA Convention?

Callie | The best seminar I went to was with Margie Wakeman Wells at the Convention in Chicago, Ill. I was just out of Theory and learning the ropes of English and grammar. This was beneficial to me as a student who was just starting out, and she made it a lot of fun!

Gayl | Ed Varallo’s session on Notereading in 1973 in Seattle, Wash. I ended up training all of our typists and wrote a textbook on the subject two years later: Notereading: Twelve Weeks to a Career, as Gayl Hardeman Knaus (former married name).

Kay | They were all excellent. I always left a Convention “brain dead” with so much information and new ideas. I particularly enjoyed the initial seminars on technology when reporters were first learning about Computer Aided Transcription, CAT. There was always new knowledge or products for reporters, and there was so much to learn! I realized many years ago — we never stop learning — never!

Len | I remember attending a workshop on broadcast captioning. The session showed the importance of realtime in general, and the significant impact it would have on our industry’s future.

Whitney | I think my favorite seminar last year was the steno speed dating. It gave me such insight into all the amazing opportunities this career has to offer. I never knew some of those career paths existed.

Shaunise | I will never forget the seminar held in San Francisco, Calif., led by Clay Frazier and Kensie Benoit. I will always talk about this session and it should be a staple seminar that we continue to recycle as new students attend NCRA Conventions annually. Kensie and Clay presented on what you don’t normally learn in school. They put together a stellar presentation that focused on the importance of knowing your software, resume building, taxes, getting jobs, social media, and so much more. I hope we can continue to produce sessions that will focus on the steps a new reporter should take when it’s time to step foot in the real world of reporting.

 

JCR | Did you ever meet anyone at Convention who had a significant impact on your life or your career?

Callie | Yes. I met my mentor at the Chicago Convention two years ago. Her name is Anne Bowline from Casper, Wyo. She was on the Board at the time, and my director, Jennifer Sati, introduced her to me. She has been one of the greatest support systems that I have had throughout school, and she’s set an example for me as a professional and a future mentor.

Gayl | See above. I later married Ed Varallo, and he’s the one who got me interested in CART, which I’ve now done for 26 years.

Kay | Yes, not one, but many had a significant impact on my life and my school. Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, many of the schools were owned by women and these brilliant women became my dearest friends. We shared materials, ideas, teaching techniques, visited their schools, etc., and have remained close friends throughout the years. Probably the only name students would recognize today would be my dear friend, Lillian Morson.

Len | There are too many to count. Most of these individuals are mostly educators who I have learned from and who have inspired me. I like to call them friends and feel I could call upon them at any time.

Whitney | At the Convention last summer, I met our current President-Elect, Sue Terry. Sue was so willing to express to me her love of this career and share some of the amazing experiences she has had. She was so sweet and inspired me to work hard to hopefully be given similar, incredible opportunities.

Shaunise | I have established countless relationships that will last a lifetime. I give thanks to NCRA for allowing me to develop these relationships. I remember during the lunch break at my first Convention, I didn’t have any plans for lunch. This was an awkward moment for me. I wasn’t the type at the time to even think about having lunch by myself in a restaurant. I decided I would grab something to eat and go sit in my car for the lunch break. I was so nervous once lunch time approached. Just as I was walking out of the hotel, I received a text from Charisse Kitt (If you are a student reading this, make sure your student badge is showing. Veteran reporters will embrace you once they see that you are a student), and she asked me if I wanted to have lunch with a group of reporters. The joy and happiness from that text made my entire weekend.

 

Don’t miss your chance to save on 2018 Convention registration fees. Register by July 23 to save!

Online registration closes in 5 days, price increase for walk-ins

Time is running out to register for the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo being held Aug. 2-5 in New Orleans, La., at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Online registration closes on July 23. After July 23, you will have to register on-site, and fees increase by $100.

Several workshops and contests are in high demand for this year’s Convention. Only a few open spots remain. Register today! Don’t miss out!

  • Punctuation Workshop is sold out at 100 spots.  We’ve expanded the room and can add 25 more spots; but once those are sold, we will not be able to add any more seats.
  • Realtime Contest:  Currently only 7 spots left (no room to expand and no on-site registration)
  • Speed Contest:  Currently only 10 spots left (no room to expand and no on-site registration)
  • CRR Boot Camp:  15 spots left (no room to expand)
  • CRC Workshop/Exam:  Only 20 spots left

The Keynote speaker for this year’s event is Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré (U.S. Army, Ret.), a 37-year veteran of active service who served as the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, during which time he became known as the “Category 5 General” for his striking leadership style in coordinating military relief efforts in post-hurricane New Orleans.

In addition to sharing insights into his leadership skills with attendees at the premier session, Honoré will write his military story in a special Veterans History Project event. Honoré will be interviewed on stage by NCRA member Michael Miller, FAPR, RDR, CRR, a freelance court reporter from Houston, Texas. Accompanying Miller on stage will be NCRA member Daniel Griffin, RPR, a freelance reporter from Phoenix, Ariz., who will transcribe Honoré’s story. Once completed, Honoré’s story will be preserved at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., as part of its VHP program.

This year’s all-inclusive schedule is sure to appeal to anyone in the court reporting, captioning, and legal video professions, and in the educational arena.

Other schedule highlights include workshops, business sessions, and Learning Zones that will offer attendees added opportunities to mingle and network, the National Speed and Realtime Contests, and the Member Recognition Gala. Throughout the Convention, attendees can earn up to 2.3 CEUs. And be sure to stop by the National Court Reporters Foundation booth to enter a raffle to win a one-of-a-kind Luminex steno machine.

Don’t miss this last chance to save on registration fees. Register for the 2018 NCRA Annual Convention & Expo at NCRA.org/Convention.

Vacancies on NCRA Board to be filled during Annual Business Meeting

The uncontested elections of Max Curry, RPR, CRI, to the office of President-Elect and Christine Phipps, RPR, to the office of Vice President have created two Director vacancies on the NCRA Board of Directors. In accordance with Article V, Board of Directors, Section 6 – Vacancies of the NCRA Constitution and Bylaws, voting members may submit nominations from the floor during the Annual Business Meeting to fill the two one-year vacancies.

The voting for the two Directors will occur only during the Annual Business Meeting. Voting members in attendance at the Annual Business Meeting will vote for their choices via an on-site written ballot.  Elections will continue until a majority is received.

Who is eligible to be on the Board?

Only Registered Members or Retired Members, Retired Lifetime Members, or Honorary members are eligible to hold an elective office of the Association. Also, an outgoing Director completing a three-year term is ineligible for immediate re-election as a Director.

Who is eligible to nominate a member?

Only NCRA voting members may submit nominations from the floor. Voting members include Registered Members and Participating Members who are verbatim stenographic reporters, as well as Retired Members, Retired Lifetime Members, and Honorary members who have been verbatim stenographic reporters.

There will be no tables, booths, or campaigns when running from the floor.

NCRA Town Hall with Marcia Ferranto announced for July 28

NCRA has announced that CEO and Executive Director Marcia Ferranto will host the second in 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 town hall is scheduled for July 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. Ferranto will be joined by Cynthia Bruce Andrews, NCRA’s Senior Director of Education and Certification, who will talk about the NCRA A to Z Online Program.

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 July town hall will be recorded and marks the second of several scheduled for 2018 and into 2019. Additional dates are October 27 and January 26, 2019. To register for the July town hall, visit NCRA Town Hall.

In her first quarterly town hall meeting held in April, Ferranto presented an update about the Association followed by a question-and-answer period with members. Following the event, members sent very positive feedback, including:

“The Town Hall was a good vehicle for members to be better informed about how our Association is advocating for us, but it also alerts us about the struggles our Board and staff are facing as we move into the future. I hope these webinars will continue throughout the year.”

“My thanks and appreciation for the positive, informative, and motivational Town Hall today. I can’t wait to be part of this new path!”

“Fantastic presentation!”

“This is exactly what membership needs. Proud to be an NCRA member.”