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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Choosing the right captioning service

A post on May 4 by Government Video, part of NewBay Media, features the second part of an interview with NCRA member Carol Studenmund, RDR, CRR, CRC, a broadcast captioner from Portland, Ore., about choosing the right captioning service. Studenmund, who serves as chair of the Mount Hood Cable Regulatory Commission in Oregon and on NCRA’s Broadcast and CART Captioning Committee, discussed the changing role of closed captioning in the first part of the interview on April 27.

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Constance Lee & Company teams with Spark Digital Marketing

Virtual-Strategy Magazine posted a press release that Constance Lee & Company Court Reporting Service, Pittsburgh, Penn., and Spark Digital Marketing, an SEO and Web development firm based in Winston-Salem, N.C., have partnered to expand services in Pittsburgh. Constance Lee & Company provides court reporting services and is the closed captioning provider for the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team.

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Norton Healthcare and WDRB mark 10 years providing realtime closed captioning

News station WDRB, Louisville, Ky., aired a segment on March 8 showcasing its 10-year partnership with Norton Healthcare of providing realtime closed captioning to viewers. The captioning service affects a large number of people in the 19 counties the station serves in Kentucky and southern Indiana.

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FCC divides closed captioning compliance responsibility

On Feb. 18, Davis Wright Tremaine, a legal services firm based in Seattle, Wash., commented on where the responsibility lies for the FCC’s closed captioning compliance.

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Internet video captioning standards earn Emmy Awards

An article posted Jan. 22 on Microsoft’s Accessibility Blog reported that on Jan. 8, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences held the 67th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards. During the awards, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the World Wide Web Consortium were honored for their pioneering development of industry standards enabling closed captions on Internet video.

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Closed captioning: An ‘undervalued’ method for reading improvement?

In a July 29 Education Week commentary piece, public radio reporter Monica Brady-Myerov wrote that reading same-language subtitles can boost students’ literacy. She cites studies from the United Kingdom and India that support the use of closed captioning as a method for improving reading.
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NCRA President responds to editorial calling closed captioning “often fiction”

NCRA President Sarah E. Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC, responded to an editorial that appeared June 20 on, and written by Akron Beacon Journal columnist Bob Dyer, which is critical of the quality of captioning provided by local television stations in the area. In her response, Nageotte notes the process involved in captioning, including the technology used and NCRA’s work with the FCC addressing issues surrounding quality captioning.

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NCRA and others call on FCC to address accuracy of captions

On June 8, NCRA was one of several organizations that jointly submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission that address the agency’s rules regarding appropriate methodology and metrics for assessing the accuracy of captions. The groups also reiterated their willingness to work with the Commission to help improve the quality of closed captions. The comments were submitted by the University of Colorado’s Clinical Legal Education Program on behalf of the group. NCRA was one of 10 organizations to sign the comments.

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Ever wonder what’s behind closed captioning?

WESA in Pittsburgh posted a story on Feb. 3 that features Chuck Karlovits, CEO of VITAC, one of the largest companies that provides captions on the air, offering a look behind the scenes of producing closed captioning.

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