The JCR Awards recognize innovative business strategies and more

The JCR Awards offer the perfect way to showcase innovative and successful business strategies from the past year. For the third year, the JCR staff is seeking stories that bring to life new and inventive ways that NCRA members change the way they do business, serve their communities, and help promote the professions of court reporting and captioning.

Nominations are currently being sought for several subcategories, such as best-in-class stories for: Marketing and customer service; Leadership, teambuilding, and mentoring; Use of technology; Community outreach; Service in a nonlegal setting; and Court Reporting & Captioning Week (2017) initiative. In addition, NCRA is looking for a group and an individual who show excellence in more than one category for an overall “Best of the Year” award.

Any current NCRA member in good standing, with the exception of students, may be nominated for these awards. Court reporters, captioners, videographers, scopists, teachers and school administrators, and court reporting managers are all eligible for nomination as well as groups, such as firms, courthouses, or court reporting programs. Self-nominations are accepted. More information about specific criteria for each of the categories is available on the JCR Awards Entry Form.

To enter, submit a written entry to the JCR between 300 and 1,000 words explaining the strategies implemented and why they were successful. Ancillary materials, such as photos, may also be submitted with the nomination. Nominations will be considered based on the best fact-based story. Please be prepared to offer documentation, verifiable sources, or other assistance as needed to be considered for these awards. The stories of the finalists will be published as featured articles in the March 2018 issue of the JCR.

Nominations are due by Oct. 31.

Read about the winners from 2017 and 2016.

Local court reporting firm owner elected to NCRA leadership

The Wausau Daily Herald posted a press release on Nov. 25 issued by NCRA announcing that Christine J. Willette, RDR, CRR, CRC, of Wausau, was installed as the Association’s 2016-2017 President-elect in early August during the NCRA Convention & Expo held in Chicago.

NCRA offers chance at Kindle Fire for early membership renewal

By Jennifer Late

Members who renew their NCRA memberships in October are offered an additional enticement: the chance to win a Kindle Fire. Members who renew before Nov. 1 will automatically be entered into the drawing and the winner will be notified by the NCRA membership department.

Members benefit by renewing early. It’s green; less mail to you. It’s clutter-free; fewer reminder emails to your inbox. It’s beneficial; your benefits are not interrupted. Member benefits continue to include:

  • A listing* in both the print and online versions of the NCRA Sourcebook
  • A subscription to the JCR magazine and the JCR Weekly
  • Multiple certification programs with online skills tests designed to make you more money
  • Access to discounted group insurance programs through Mercer for personal liability and errors and omissions
  • Member pricing to can’t-miss networking and educational events at the NCRA Convention & Expo (Aug. 10-13, 2017) and Firm Owners Executive Conference
  • First-class online educational opportunities

Last year’s lucky winner of the early membership renewal Kindle Fire was David E. Preston, a participating member and freelance reporter from Seattle, Wash. “Membership in NCRA has always been important to me as a freelance reporter because the Association fights for our profession in ways I, as a sole proprietor, cannot,” said Preston. “The all-around support I receive from NCRA has been an underpinning of my business, and the Association keeps us relevant as a profession.”

NCRA will continue the early membership renewal drive in November

NCRA members who renew their 2017 memberships in November will be eligible to win an NCRA Online Sourcebook Premium Plus listing for one year. The winner will also be announced in an upcoming issue of the JCR Weekly newsletter.

Renewing is easy and available online at NCRA.org/renew. Members can expect to receive their membership card via email within approximately two 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 jlate@ncra.org.

* Registered, Participating, and Associate members are eligible for this benefit.

Fellowship of Academy of Professional Reporters nominations open

fellows1NCRA is currently seeking nominations for its Academy of Professional Reporters. Nominations are due Dec. 15. Fellows represent the pinnacle of excellence among NCRA members. They are individuals who are a credit to the reporting and captioning professions and embody the highest level of professional ethics. Their support of the profession can be seen in their activity in professional associations at the state or national level or through a number of other venues. If you know of such a person who has not been named to the Academy, now is your chance to recognize his or her contributions to the profession. View the full criteria and download a nomination form at NCRA.org/Fellows.

Court reporter plans move to closed captioning career

The Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis., posted an article on Sept. 19 about Dunn County court reporter Cory Crandall, RMR, CRR, of Menomonie, who is retiring after 26 years to transition into the field of captioning.

Read more.

NCRA member recognized for new certification

The Fairborn Daily Herald, Fairborn, Ohio, posted an article on Sept., 12, about NCRA member Julie Hohenstein, RPR, CRR, earning her Certified Realtime Reporter certification. The article was generated by a press release issued by NCRA on behalf of Hohenstein, who works for the Greene County Common Pleas Court.

Read more.

NCRA President recognized in Congressional Record

Rep. Lou Barletta, who represents Pennsylvania’s 11th District, recognized NCRA President Nativa P. Tiva Wood, RDR, CMRS, in the Sept. 6 edition of Congressional Record. Barletta noted that Wood served for 35 years as a court reporter in the Dauphin County Courthouse in his district, including the last 11 years of her career as the chief court reporter.

Read more.

Seasoned court reporter/writer co-writes new book with New York Times bestselling author

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde, coauthored by NCRA member Kelly Nasuti, RMR, CRR, CRC, and New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday, debuted on bookshelves both real and virtual Sept. 6. 

The story places best friends Martha “Marty” Hudson, a barista at a Stanford University coffee bar, and Irene Adler, a dot-com millionaire, in the middle of a murder investigation as a result of contents Hudson discovers in an old Victorian home an aunt leaves to her. Getting no help from a grumpy detective, the two friends invent fictitious private investigator Sherlock Holmes to help them find answers.

According to Nasuti, “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde is a fun, modern take on the legendary Sherlock Holmes franchise.”

Before teaming up with Halliday to co-write the Sherlock story, Nasuti, who writes under the pen name Kelly Rey, authored three mystery novels including Motion for Murder, Motion for Malice, and  Motion for Madness. Each of the books features main character Jamie Winters, a full-time law firm employee and part-time sleuth. After Motion for Madness was published, Nasuti became a USA Today bestselling author.

Nasuti, who has been a court reporter since 1989, operated as Regional Reporting Inc. until 2005 when she joined VITAC, a full service closed captioning and subtitling company. She currently works as a full-time captioner. Nasuti is a member of Sisters in Crime, a group that promotes the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers.

All four books are currently available in e-book format for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords. They are also available in paperback at Amazon.com and Createspace.com.

Read the first chapter.

Edmonton court reporter wins U.S. award for speed stenography

NCRA member Jeffrey Weigl, RMR, CRR, CRC, was featured in an article posted by the Edmonton Journal on Sept. 5, about his recent crowning as champion of the 2016 National Speed Contest. The article was prompted by a press release issued on Weigl’s behalf by NCRA.

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New Realtime Systems Administrators announced

NCRA announced its latest class of Realtime Systems Administrators, who completed the test at the 2016 NCRA Convention & Expo in Chicago, Ill. They were:

Jennifer L. Bernier, RPR, CRR, Chicago, IL

Susan Dezelan, RDR, CRR, CRC, Indianapolis, IN

Garreth Ferguson, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Keith Johnson, RDR, CRR, CRC, Dallas, TX

Charisse Kitt, RMR, CRI, Somerset, NJ

Laura J. Landerman, RMR, CRR, Altamonte Springs, FL

Margaret Mary Kruse, RMR, CRR, Chicago, IL

April M. Metzler, RPR, CRR, Schaumburg, IL

Deanne M. Moore, RMR, CRR, Jacksonville, FL

Linda D. Riffle, RDR, CRR, Columbus, OH

Renee Combs Quinby, RMR, CRR, Fenton, MO

Victoria L. Valine, RMR, CRR, West Sacramento, CA

Lynn Van Den Hende, RMR, CRR, Sunnyside, NY

Jessica Rhae Waack, RDR, CRR, Brooklyn, NY

Brook Young, CLVS, Seattle, WA