Norwalk woman nationally recognized for court reporting

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting,, JCR WeeklyOn Sept. 11, the Norwalk Reflector posted an article announcing that Marie Fresch, RMR, CRC, a freelancer and CART captioner in Norwalk, Ohio, had earned the Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) certification. The article explained the requirements for earning the CRC, provided some background on captioning, and shared a few highlights from Fresch’s career.

The article was generated by a press release issued by NCRA on Fresch’s behalf.

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Steno Services partners with Mark Kelly on new search engine campaign

jcr-publications_high-resOklahoma court reporting firm Steno Services announced a new partnership with Spark Digital Marketing and Mark Kelly to launch a new campaign that allows for advertising management, according to a press release issued Jan. 30.

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Kelty & Scott Partners with Spark Digital Marketing

JCR publications share buttonA press release issued June 20 announced that Kelty & Scott, a court reporting firm since 1993, has entered a strategic alliance with Spark Digital Marketing to expand the company’s court reporting services in the San Francisco, Calif., metropolitan area.

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Depo International and Spark Digital Marketing enter strategic relationship in Las Vegas

JCRiconDigital Marketing and Depo International, a court reporting firm with more than 40 years of experience, announced in a press release issued June 9 that the companies have formed a strategic partnership. The alliance will allow Depo International to gain needed exposure to grow its services in the Las Vegas, Nev., metropolitan area.

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Advanced Court Reporting partners with Spark Digital Marketing

JCRiconAdvanced Court Reporting, Boston, Mass., announced in a press release issued June 8 that the company has partnered with Spark Digital Marketing in an effort to achieve more exposure and grow its services in the Boston metropolitan area. Spark Digital Marketing is a search engine optimization, social media management, and website development company based in Winston Salem, N.C.

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Accuracy-Plus Reporting hires Spark Digital Marketing to increase exposure on the Web

Accuracy-Plus Reporting, Sacramento, Calif., announced in a press release issued on May 10 that it has partnered with Spark Digital Marketing in order to increase its visibility on the Internet.

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NCRA’s Take Note campaign earns ASAE honors

POA-Silver-Award-Badge-WEBNCRA’s Take Note Campaign has been awarded a 2015 Power of A Silver Award by the American Society of Association Executives. The campaign was recognized for providing high school students and their parents and guidance counselors with education about the role of court reporters, as well as career benefits.

“Congratulations to the NCRA for helping make the world a better place,” said Hugh “Mac” Cannon, MPA, CAE, executive director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., and chair of the Power of A Awards Judging Committee, in a press release announcing the honors. “Their story exemplifies how associations make a difference every day – not just to the industry or profession they represent, but to society at large.”

The Take Note campaign was also recognized for helping to ensure that future court proceedings have the most accurate transcripts available, as well as for improving individual lives by reducing the amount of personal student debt, and national debt, by offering affordable education opportunities.

Earlier this year, the Florida Public Relations Association named NCRA’s Take Note Campaign first in the public relations division of its annual Image Awards. The public relations division of FPRA’s Image Awards considers how a program has improved an organization’s image in the community, informed and educated the public about an issue, created a public image for an organization, and successfully worked to inform or influence target markets audiences through the use of the news. The Take Note Campaign placed first in all four areas of the division.

The Take Note Campaign was launched last August by NCRA to help increase the public’s awareness of the court reporting and captioning profession and to spotlight the fact that there is ample opportunity in the court reporting profession in the coming years.

NCRA’s Take Note Campaign is being handled by the Florida-based public relations firm BowStern. The firm applied for the award on behalf of NCRA.

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More information about the campaign can be found at

‘Mobilegeddon’ could be bad news for 40 percent of top websites

As of April 28, Google will be using a new algorithm favoring sites that are “mobile-friendly” for searches on smartphones, according to an article in USA Today. This new algorithm is likely to change the rankings of sites in search results, which could result in loss of business.

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NCRA leadership, award winners, announced in local media

Announcements about new leadership, award recipients, and grant winners who were elected or recognized at NCRA’s 2014 Convention & Expo, held earlier this month in San Francisco, have been making their way throughout local media outlets. Among them, an article that appeared in the local Gazette Newspapers serving Jefferson, Ohio, announcing Sarah Nageotte’s installation as 2014-2015 President of NCRA. Other recent media pick-ups have included an article about Nancy Varallo, NCRA’s Immediate Past President, that appeared in the Worcester Telegraph, a brief about Doreen Sutton being installed as 2014-2015 NCRA Secretary-Treasurer that appeared online in the Arizona Republic, and the announcement of Mary Beth Johnson, professor of court reporting at the Community College of Allegheny County, being named 2014 Educator of the Year, which was posted on also carried an article about Shannon Bevin, a court reporter from Whitestone, N.Y., who was awarded the 2014 New Professional Grant of $2,000 by the NCRF.

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Video offers insight into world of CART

A video posted by Arturo Martinez on July 28 on explains the benefits and purposes of using Communications Access Realtime Translation (CART). The video interviews a number of University of Washington students who have used CART, which enabled them to follow the lectures or conversations of the classroom by reading the steno-to-English translation on a computer or other compatible screen as it happened in the classroom. “If you have verbatim, word-by-word print right there in front of you, you’re able to understand more and have a lesser chance of misinterpreting what [the teacher and class are] saying,” explains one student.

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