How one NCRA member rocked a radio interview

JCRiconBy Donna Cascio, RDR, CMRS

Currently my husband and I live in a rural setting about 70 miles away from downtown Pittsburgh, but I lived in the city as a reporting student and have always felt a part of that scene. One of the morning rituals in our home is waking up at 6 a.m. to the Morning Show with Randy Baumann on WDVE (known locally as DVE), a rock radio station.

On Sundays we still get up early because we attend a 7:30 a.m. church service, so we let the radio come on as per usual. DVE airs different programming on Sundays, and one show is called Pittsburgh Sunday Morning, with Sean McDowell. It airs at 7a.m. and is a public affairs program, often highlighting local charity events, such as runs or walks benefiting various organizations. Sean invites listeners to contact him if there is an upcoming event to highlight, and he emphasizes that the topic does not need to be related to a charity.

Because the Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association and NCRA did such a good job urging all of us in the court reporting world to highlight our professions to the community preceding National Court Reporting & Captioning Week in February, I immediately thought, why not?

I emailed Sean on Feb. 2, and he responded two days later. The rest, as they say, is history. Mary Beth Johnson, CRI, professor of court reporting at Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Amy Bowlen, RDR, CRR, CRC, Imperial, Pa., former head of captioner training at VITAC, were totally on board when I asked them to participate, and we snapped up the opportunity Sean gave us – the date of May 18, at noon, to record the interview. Although that was past Court Reporting & Captioning Week, we were thrilled to be able to talk about the profession we love.

As a prelude to this interview, I gathered material that NCRA had available on its website regarding our profession, asked a few questions, and even reached out to NCRA Past President Nancy Varallo, RDR, CRR, Worcester, Mass., about the connection between reporting and music. I also had pertinent information from a recent interview I had done with a local newspaper.

I sifted through all of it and sent Sean some interesting facts and figures. He really did the rest! He was so thorough in covering the topics, and we reporters added comments throughout. Sean did a marvelous job hitting high points and seemed truly fascinated by what we do.

Because the folks at this radio station are “celebrities” to us, we had a great time meeting some of them after the interview and touring the studios. All in all, it was a great experience.

Read the transcript of the radio show.

Good Day Sacramento features two-part story on court reporting

A two-part story about the court reporting profession aired on Feb. 20 on the CBS local program Good Day Sacramento. News reporter Cody Stark toured the Argonaut Court Reporting Program at the Jones Skills & Business Center in Sacramento, Calif., where he learned more about the profession. Karly Greenshields, chair of the Career Day and School Outreach Committee for the California Court Reporters Association, was on hand at the school. She was interviewed about the profession, why it’s not just in the courtroom, and the future job outlook. In the second segment, Stark tries his own hand on the steno machine to record an excerpt from the movie A Few Good Men.

Watch part 1.

Watch part 2.

2015 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week celebrated across the nation

As the third annual National Court Reporting & Captioning Week wraps up, state court reporters associations, court reporting schools, firms, and individual members across the nation have reported participation in a wide range of activities to mark the event.

In addition to U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta (N.H.) recognizing the week-long event in a floor speech at the U.S. House of Representatives, official proclamations were obtained by lawmakers in a number of states, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In most instances, court reporters and captioners were on hand to witness the recognitions.

“The National Court Reporting & Captioning Week event has steadily gained support by our membership, schools, and many of the vendors who support our profession since it was first launched three years ago. This effort is a true grassroots movement that has once again successfully put the spotlight on this wonderful, rewarding, and unique profession,” said NCRA President Sarah E Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC.

Nageotte, an official court reporter from Jefferson, Ohio, kicked off the 2015 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week with a presentation about NCRA’s Take Note campaign during a luncheon held at the Hawaii Court Reporters and Captioners Association’s annual meeting.

Other events and activities that marked the week included:

The Ohio Court Reporters Association provided a number of resources to members who plan to exhibit at upcoming events, including the Business Professionals of America Ohio Annual event and the Ohio Judicial Conference Court Technology conference.

The Kentucky Court Reporters Association, the Texas Court Reporters Association, and the Wisconsin Court Reporters Association were represented at their respective state’s school counselors association seminars.

A casual reception hosted by the Los Angeles County Court Reporters Association at City Hall. Guests included association members, bench officials, and members of the city’s District Attorney and Public Defenders office. City Councilman Gil Cedillo presented LACCRA with an official proclamation recognizing National Court Reporting & Captioning Week.

The Arizona Court Reporters Association hosted a meet and greet for court reporters, court reporting students, and potential students at a local court reporting firm in Phoenix. There was also a brief presentation given on the growing number of opportunities in the court reporting profession.

The Minnesota Association of Verbatim Reporters & Captioners joined Anoka Tech to host a Court Reporting & Captioning Spring Fling that was open to the public and included food, demonstrations, prizes, and a realtime courtroom tour.

The New York State Court Reporters Association hosted several meet and greet events throughout the state, including at the Nassau County Bar Association, as well as a Realtime Training Day.

The Iowa Court Reporters Association created an online career day outline on its student recruitment webpage for members to use. Resources include a court reporting program brochure from the Des Moines Area Community College, a keyboard layout handout, sample career day presentation, court reporting facts, and an outline for student presentations.

Sumner College in Portland, Ore., invited working court reporters and captioners to visit students and discuss their experiences in the field and provide encouragement about the many benefits the profession offers.

NCRA is planning events for the 2016 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week to be held Feb. 14-20.

Media shines spotlight on court reporting and captioning profession

NCRA’s 2015 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week, celebrated Feb. 15-22, generated media interest in a number of outlets across the nation, further helping to increase the public’s awareness about the vital role the profession plays in courtrooms, classrooms, and other areas, as well as the flexibility, benefits, and job opportunities it offers.

Among the many notable stories generated in the media during the week included a piece posted by PennLive.com on Feb. 15 featuring NCRA Vice President Nativa Wood, RDR, CMRS, a retired official court reporter from Harrisburg, Pa. In the piece, Wood discusses her career as a court reporter as well as the future of the profession.

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National Court Reporting & Captioning Week and NCRA’s Take Note campaign were featured in a segment aired on Feb. 17 by WAVY TV in Portsmouth, Va. The story includes interviews with NCRA members Lois Boyle, RMR, Carol Naughton, RPR, and Tony Spratley.

View the story.

Thousands of posts and tweets were also shared by NCRA, state court reporting associations, individual court reporters and captioners, and court reporting programs that took to their social media outlets to help showcase the profession. On Feb. 18, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind recognized National Court Reporting & Captioning Week on his Facebook page and noted that he is excited that the Wisconsin Court Reporters Association has partnered with the Library of Congress to record the oral histories of American war veterans as part of the Veterans History Project.

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U.S. Rep. Ron Kind recognizes Court Reporting & Captioning Week

In a post on his Facebook page, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (Wis.) recognized the 2015 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week and noted that he is excited that the Wisconsin Court Reporters Association has partnered with the Library of Congress to record the oral histories of American war veterans as part of the Veterans History Project.

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Court reporting and captioning featured in TV piece

WAVY TV in Portsmouth, Va., aired a piece on Feb. 17 showcasing the court reporting and captioning professions. The story notes that this week is National Court Reporting & Captioning Week and refers to NCRA’s Take Note website, crTakeNote.com. NCRA members interviewed in the piece include Tony Sprately; Lois Boyle, RMR; and Carol Naughton, RPR.

View the story.

Court Reporting & Captioning Week the right time to promote NCRA membership

In the spirit of celebrating the court reporting profession during the 2015 Court Reporting & Captioning Week, which runs Feb. 15 through Feb. 21, consider encouraging a colleague to join NCRA by sharing the many benefits that membership offers.

Better yet, give the gift of membership by covering the cost of a one-year membership for someone you think is missing out on access to earning the valuable certifications, continuing education, professional events, and other benefits NCRA has to offer today’s court reporting and captioning professionals.

For more information about NCRA membership and its benefits, visit NCRA.org. Gift membership forms can be found at NCRA’s Court Reporting & Captioning Week resources page.

NCRA has provided an array of resources to assist with the celebration of 2015 Court Reporting & Captioning Week, including  press release templates, media pitches, and more available at NCRA’s Court Reporting & Captioning Week resources page. Additionally, there is a variety of informational materials such as a summary of the court reporting profession, a PowerPoint presentation, logos, ads, web banners, and general marketing elements at crTakeNote.com.

Court Reporting & Captioning Week recognized in Washington, D.C., and across the nation

The third annual National Court Reporting & Captioning Week is in full swing and has captured the attention of lawmakers across the nation. Last week, U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta (N.H.) recognized the event, which runs Feb. 15-21, in a floor speech at the U.S. House of Representatives.

In his remarks, Rep. Guinta thanked the hundreds of court reporters and captioners within his home state of New Hampshire, as well those working in the profession across the country. Citing the scribes who were involved in the Continental Congress and the drafting of the nation’s Declaration of Independence, capturing the record has been a pillar of America’s Democracy, he said. Rep. Guinta also recognized his own parents, who have been part of the court reporting profession, as well as Michele York, RMR, who serves as an official court reporter of the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of NCRA’s Board of Directors.

“My own parents met at court reporting school and later went on to start their own court reporting business, and 50 years later, my mother is still in the business,” Rep. Guinta said. “Court reporters are ever-present right now in this very chamber, in committee hearings, in capturing the spoken word and debate, including Michele York, formerly of New Hampshire.”

In his remarks, Rep. Guinta also noted that the court reporting and captioning profession is expected to grow over the next several years with as many as 5,000 new jobs expected.

“To the hundreds of court reporters and captioners in New Hampshire and around the country, thank you for all you do, and to the future reporters and captioners, thank you for continuing the legacy so paramount to our democracy and our country,” he added.

A number of state court reporters associations have also reported successfully working with lawmakers to recognize National Court Reporting & Captioning Week including California, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. NCRA anticipates that additional state associations will report official proclamations in their states as the week continues.

“National Court Reporting & Captioning Week is an opportunity for our profession to celebrate the valuable contribution this vocation provides to ensure vital records are captured and maintained. We are honored and send a heartfelt thanks to Rep. Guinta for recognizing this time-honored profession,” said NCRA President Sarah Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC, an official court reporter from Jefferson, Ohio.

Court reporters, captioners, CART providers, and court reporting schools around the country are also participating in the week-long event by hosting an array of activities such as visits to high schools to showcase the profession, open houses, Veterans History Project interviews, media outreach, and more.

NCRA has made a wide range of resources available to its members, court reporting schools, and others at both crTakeNote.com and NCRA.org. Resources include tips on presenting the benefits of the profession to potential new students, press release templates, social media-appropriate logos and banners, and ideas for hosting special activities. NCRA will also rely on its social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, and blogs to reach thousands of people throughout the week.

Watch Rep. Guinta’s speech here.

2015 Court Reporting & Captioning Week recognized by U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta (N.H.) recognized the 2015 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week, Feb. 15-21, in a floor speech at the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 12. In his remarks, he thanked court reporters and captioners working across the nation, noted the vital role in history court reporters have served, and acknowledged his own parents who were court reporters, as well as NCRA Board of Directors member Michele York, RMR.

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Orleans Technical Institute to host texting tournament

An article posted Feb. 11 by the Northeast Times, Bensalem, Pa., announced the first Text for NCRA Schol­ar­ship Com­pet­i­tion, being held at Orleans Technical Institute in Philadelphia on Feb. 18. The tour­na­ment-style tex­ting com­pet­i­tion will pitch texting-savvy high school stu­dents fin­ger-to-fin­ger in a con­test of speed and ac­cur­acy against a court reporting student.

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