NCRA member’s CART work featured in local paper

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyOn July 11, the Northwest Boomer and Senior News posted an article featuring NCRA member Elizabeth Archer, a CART captioner in Portland, Ore. Archer is the owner of Archer Captioning.

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The 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo is the place to earn new certifications

Professionals seeking to add nationally recognized certifications to their résumés can choose from several opportunities to work toward them at the 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo being held Aug. 10-13 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

Programs and certifications opportunities available this year include the Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR), Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC), Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI), and Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS). Note that many certifications require multiple steps to earn, so one or more components of testing may not be available during convention.

Certified Realtime Reporter Boot Camp

For those interested in learning how to pass the CRR, a three-hour long boot camp is available on Aug. 12. The CRR is recognized in the industry as the national certification of realtime competency. Taught by Kathryn Sweeney, FAPR, RMR, CRR, who helped develop the boot camp program, the course has enabled many to successfully pass the test on the first take. Sweeney is a freelance reporter and agency owner from Action, Mass.

Convention learning2In the course, Sweeney explains the testing requirements, covers NCRA’s What is an Error?, discusses what is not an error, and talks about the new online testing process. She also offers tips for self-preparation, including what to have on test day, what to do and not do on test day, and how and why candidates fail. Participants in the session should bring their equipment with them so they can take a couple of practice tests and learn how to adjust their system settings and dictionary entries. Skills testing for the CRR is offered online.

“I strongly believe taking the CRR Boot Camp will increase the chance of passing this test. When I finished my presentation in Georgia, a woman who already had her CRR came up to me and said that she wished this seminar was around when she was preparing for the test; that it had all of the information and steps that she muddled through on her own. She said it took years of figuring out what was being asked of her and then changing her writing and learning her equipment and software in order to pass,” Sweeney said.

“With this boot camp, I can help you in three hours,” added Sweeney, who also served as a beta tester for NCRA’s online testing system and as CRR Chief Examiner on behalf of the Association for 17 years.

Certified Realtime Captioner Workshop

Convention participants seeking the CRC certification can attend a 10-hour Workshop held Aug. 10-11 and take the Written Knowledge Test on Aug. 11, completing two of the three steps to the certification. (The third step, a Skills Test, can be taken anytime online.)

Leading the workshop are: Deanna Baker, FAPR, RMR, a broadcast captioner from Flagstaff, Ariz.; LeAnn Hibler, RMR, CRR, CRC, a CART captioner from Joliet, Ill.; Karyn Menck, RDR, CRR, CRC, a CART captioner from Nashville, Tenn.; and Heidi Thomas, FARP, RDR, CRR, CRC, a CART captioner from Acworth, Ga.

Convention learning“I know you will learn something new, no matter how long you have been captioning,” said Carol Studenmund, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, a broadcast captioner based in Portland, Ore. Studenmund heads the Certified Realtime Captioner Certification Committee. “Then take the Written Knowledge Test right after the workshop — while the material is fresh in your mind — and before you know it, you are two thirds of the way to earning the certification.”

Certified Reporting Instructor Workshop

Educators interested in earning the CRI can attend a two-day Workshop, Aug. 10-11, designed to expand their level of knowledge for becoming more effective realtime reporting instructors. The Workshop covers information about the learning process, how to develop court reporting syllabi and lesson plans, and how role playing a variety of courtroom scenarios can aid students’ understanding.

“Those who attend and participate in the CRI Workshop will gain wonderful insight and skills for training the future of our profession,” said Dr. Jen Krueger, RMR, CRI, CPE, who will lead the session. Krueger is a full-time faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College, Parma, Ohio,

“The CRI credential demonstrates excellence and dedication in teaching, assuring students they are benefiting from the best instructors available and others that the court reporting profession is in good hands as those learners prepare to continue the noble and fine work of court reporters and captioners everywhere,” she added.

CLVS SeminarCertified Legal Video Specialist Seminar and Production Exam

Participants interested in earning the CLVS certification can attend the required three-day seminar from Aug. 11-13. The CLVS production exam is also available on Aug. 11 and 12, for those who are qualified. The CLVS program sets and enforces standards for competency in the capture, utilization, and retention of legal video and promotes awareness of these standards within the legal marketplace. Legal videographers often partner with court reporters to ensure the integrity of both the video of legal proceedings and the official transcript.

“Attending at the CLVS Seminar is beneficial to both experienced legal videographers as well as novices to the profession,” said Jason Levin, CLVS, with Virginia Media Group, Washington, D.C. Levin is one of the instructors leading the seminar.

“Our goal is to prepare videographers for the production and written exams, and on the last day of the seminar we actually conduct mock depositions where the attendees can operate the equipment in a deposition environment. Earning the CLVS certification sets yourself apart from noncertified videographers.  The networking opportunities of attending an event like this are well worth the investment,” he added.

 

Don’t miss the savings on lodging at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, the host hotel for the 2017 Convention. Attendees who register to stay at Planet Hollywood on Friday and Saturday nights are eligible for free breakfast and to win one of six new Kindle Fire tablets in a giveaway. Visit NCRA.org/Convention to register now.

Coax Magazine interviews NCRA member Norma Miller

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyNorma Miller, RPR, CRR, CRC, a CART captioner from St. Albans, Vt., was featured in a June 26 interview with Coax Magazine. In the lighthearted interview, Miller talks about how she got into court reporting and captioning, the challenges of captioning comedians, and the time she may have inadvertently compromised the safety of the president, among other things.

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NCRA President Tiva Wood interviewed about the profession

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyOn July 5, The Wall Street Journal posted an article quoting NCRA President Tiva Wood about what court reporters and captioners do.

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National Open Captioning Initiative announces new sponsorships

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyBroadwayWorld.com reported on June 22 that the Theatre Development Fund’s National Open Captioning Initiative has announced a number of new sponsorships across the country to provide open captioning for events.

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What captioners can expect from the NCRA Convention & Expo

Chase_square“I am so looking forward to this year’s NCRA Convention & Expo,” says Carol Studenmund, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, a broadcast captioner based in Portland, Ore. “The convention is our one face-to-face experience of the year. I’m making plans to see the folks I work with and work for; hit the receptions, the Awards Luncheon, and the President’s Party on Saturday night; and rub elbows with my online friends.” NCRA’s Broadcast and CART Captioning Committee members worked with the Education Content Committee to find “timely, interesting, and dynamic presentations from today’s leaders in broadcast captioning and CART captioning,” says Steve Clark, CRC, a CART captioner in Washington, D.C., who chairs the Captioning Committee. The NCRA Convention includes sessions for those interested in switching to captioning as well as for the brand-new and the seasoned professional. “What exactly does it take to become a broadcast captioner,” taught by Cathy Holiday, RMR, CRR, CRC; Heidi Thomas, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC; and Darlene Parker, FAPR, RPR, will offer a step-by-step guide for newcomers to take to become a broadcast captioner. “We will talk about the skills, software, and know-how you will need to succeed,” says Parker.

Some of the other sessions currently being planned are:

  • Transitioning from judicial reporting to CART/captioning
  • Negotiation 101
  • Ditch the transcripts: Captioning is for you
  • How marketable am I?
  • Preserving the profession: How to promote and spread the word

Captioners looking to expand their opportunities may also be interested in attending the “Firm owners roundtable: What firm owners and captioning agencies are looking for in new hires.”

expo hall_squareClark also reminds captioning attendees to explore the Expo Hall: “Technology is changing rapidly. This is your chance to see the latest and greatest our professional vendors have for you.”

Certification opportunity

Attendees who are working toward earning the Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) certification can participate in the CRC Workshop Aug. 10-11 and take the Written Knowledge Test on Friday, Aug. 11, completing two of the three steps to the certification. (The third step, a Skills Test, can be taken anytime online.) Candidates who took passed the Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) Skills Test prior to 2011 are eligible to use that test history toward the CRC Skills Test, so they can potentially complete their CRC requirements by the end of Convention (candidates should receive the results of the Written Knowledge Test by the end of September).

Studenmund, who heads the Certified Realtime Captioner Certification Committee, says of the CRC Workshop: “I know you will learn something new, no matter how long you have been captioning. Then take the Written Knowledge Test right after the workshop — while the material is fresh in your mind — and before you know it, you are two thirds of the way to earning the certification.”

Networking

The networking is beyond compare, according to many captioners.

“I’ve made a lot of money from just a very few conversations with a few folks at Convention. Seriously, hands down the best value: networking,” says captioner Cindy Hinds, CRC, a broadcast captioner from Marbank, Texas, and a member of NCRA’s Broadcast and CART Captioning Committee.

reception_square“It’s the perfect setting to expand your professional network, meet new colleagues, and share your skill set with fellow captioners,” agrees Clark.

“The Opening Reception is a great place to connect and then make plans for the rest of the night. The same for the CART/Captioning Reception on Friday night. And when you attend the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, you will be motivated to move your skills to a higher level,” says Studenmund.

Don’t miss the savings on lodging at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, the host hotel for the 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, Nev., happening, Aug. 10-13. July 4 is the deadline to register to stay and qualify for the special room rates secured by NCRA. Plus, register before the July 4 deadline will be automatically entered to win one of two full refunds of your entire registration to the event. Also, attendees who register to stay at Planet Hollywood on Friday and Saturday nights are eligible for free breakfast and to win one of six new Kindle Fire tablets in a giveaway. Don’t miss the magic of the 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo, and the big savings on room rates and convention registration rates. Hurry, register now before the savings disappears. For more information or to register, visit NCRA.org/convention.

Online live and near-live captioning deadline nearing

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyTVTechnology.com posted an article on June 23 written by Heather York of VITAC, about the FCC requirements mandating that all live or near-live programming on television be captioned when delivered via internet protocol, which take effect July 1.

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Rhode Island community requires closed captioning

JCR logoThe Valley Breeze reported on June 14 that officials in Pawtucket, R.I., approved a mandate that requires closed captioning be turned on at all times on televisions in businesses that serve the public. Pawtucket is the first community in the state to adopt such an ordinance.

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NCRA member in the news

JCR logoThe Fresno Bee (Calif.) posted an announcement on June 4 about NCRA member Lesia Mervin, FAPR, RMR, CRR, CRC, earning the Certified Realtime Captioner certification. The announcement was prompted by a press release issued by NCRA on Mervin’s behalf.

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Disability on campus: ‘Deafness creates certain preconceived (and rather shallow) notions even to this day’

JCR logoOn May 17, Times Higher Education published its first of a series of stories about life on campus with a disability. Author Brenda Jo Brueggemann, professor and Aetna chair of writing at the University of Connecticut, addresses hearing loss and discusses her use of a realtime captioner.

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