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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Groups seek captioning assurances from FCC

JCR logoMultichannel.com reported on May 12 that a host of groups serving the deaf and hard-of-hearing community have asked the Federal Communications Commission to make sure that closed captioning requirements carry over to the voluntary rollout of the ATSC 3.0 next gen transmission standard.

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NCRA member featured in captioning article

JCR logoThe Ledger, Memphis, Tenn., posted an article on April 20 about the need for closed captioners that features NCRA member Linda Hershey, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, a broadcast captioner in Chattanooga.

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Closed captioning brings clarity to people who are hard of hearing at Forest Oaks Lutheran

jcr-publications_high-resThe Tampa Bay Times posted an article on Feb. 21 about how court reporter Cindy Braun, RPR, brought closed captioning into her church.

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Sudbury, Ont., advocate wants city meetings to become more accessible

jcr-publications_high-resCBC News posted an article on Dec. 1 about a citizen with hearing loss advocating for the City of Greater Sudbury, Ont., to provide closed captioning on council and committee broadcasts.

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Everett adds closed captioning to council meetings

jcr-publications_high-resMyEverettNews.com, Everett, Wash., posted an article Nov. 30 announcing that the city’s council and planning commission has added closed captioning to their broadcasts on a local government access channel. The realtime closed-captioning is being provided by a remote captioner.

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Accessibility has come a long way but still needs improvement

JCR publications share buttonAn editorial posted on Nov. 1 by The Virginian Pilot addresses how important closed captioning is to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community and why there still needs to be improvements made in providing accessibility for all people who are disabled.

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100 percent of Hulu’s full-length content to be closed captioned by Sept. 2017

Hulu announced that it has entered into a settlement agreement with the National Association of the Deaf to provide closed captioning for all of its full-length English and Spanish content by September 2017, according to an article posted Sept. 6 by Videoink.

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Latest closed caption rules effective Sept. 22

TVTechnology.com reported on Aug. 29 that the most recently adopted closed captioning rules from the Federal Communications Commission go into effect Sept. 22. The effective date applies to the Closed Captioning Responsibilities Order, which was adopted by the FCC in February. The order, an amendment to existing closed captioning rules, delineates the responsibilities for closed captioning services and outlines complaint procedures.

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NCRA member captions Stanley Cup finals

A press release issued June 2 announced that NCRA member Constance Lee, RPR, a freelance reporter from Pittsburgh, Pa., provided closed captioning for game one of the Stanley Cup finals in which the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks.

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