NCRA President Sarah Nageotte represents NCRA at National Association for Court Management 2015 Annual Convention

NCRA President Sarah Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC, attended the National Association for Court Management 2015 Annual Convention and 30th anniversary celebration held July 12-16, in Louisville, Ky. NACM is the largest organization of court management professionals in the world with members representing all levels and types of courts.

“It was an honor to be included as a part of NACM’s 30th anniversary celebration year,” Nageotte said. “It is important for NCRA and the stenographic court reporting profession to remain a part of the court family. From judges to court managers and all essential professionals in between, teamwork is needed to improve the administration of justice.”

Nageotte also represented NCRA as one of 10 stakeholders who were invited to take part in NACM’s preconvention board meeting as well.

“Many issues that stenographic court reporters experience are similar to those experienced with other areas in the judicial process,” she said. “For example, how do we provide equal access to justice? How can we use technology to improve efficiency and transparency to the public we serve? These are just two questions out of many that come to mind as I reflect on the opportunity I had to be a part of the NACM board meeting and the Joint Technology Committee meeting,” Nageotte said.

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 Ohio.com, 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.

Read President Nageotte’s response.

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President’s page: Mirror, mirror on the wall …

By Sarah Nageotte

“You look so much younger in person,” someone said to me at a recent state convention. As any woman will admit, and possibly even men, too, that is one compliment I will never grow tired of hearing.

Age is a number. That number can define a person. In fact, numbers correlate to entire groups and generations. Unfortunately, those numbers and dates and generations have been known to bring stereotypes. For instance, three common stereotypes are: Baby boomers are out of sync with technology, Generation Xers are negative cynics, and Millennials aren’t motivated by anything and think only of themselves.

I can write an entire novel on examples that debunk these stereotypes on each level. On the flipside, I know stories that go to further these theories. But what is relevant in today’s society, and most important to our profession, is to look at each age, each number, and each individual separately.

We need to challenge the stereotypes and treat everyone as an individual. We need to find common ground and connect on the human level shared by all. We need to find the talents each of us have to offer and always assume that everyone has value and worth to contribute. We need to mingle with different generations and those who approach things differently than ourselves. At the same time, we need to expect a lot and hold everyone to the same standards for all of us to learn, grow, and perform to our highest and best abilities.

The success of a profession is dependent on the contributions from all within, and the court reporting and captioning profession is not unique in this regard. I am now in my 17th year as an official court reporter, and I am halfway through my term as NCRA President. I did not get here by myself, and I do not continue each day on this journey alone. I have an entire network of professionals, friends, and family whom I turn to daily.

My network consists of my coworkers at the courthouse, the judges I report for, my colleagues in the field, students striving to be a part of the greatest profession of all time, and my mom, dad, boyfriend, daughter, and family as a whole. I am surrounded by individuals that stereotypes would lead you to believe I cannot get along, much less work with. Instead, I have taken the challenge to throw stereotypes out the window and look past numbers and generations. I look at the person. What can I give to them? What can I learn and gain from them? How can we work together to make our lives better? I encourage each of you to do the same. What do you have to offer? How can you enrich the life of someone else? Is it through mentoring? Sharing your experiences? Offering your perspective?

Ronald Reagan stated, “Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.”

If we allow stereotypes to take hold of us, we will not go further, we will lose opportunities, and we will isolate ourselves from seeing true potential in one another. We should take the experience and history of what lies in the past to grow and move forward, and, yes, stand on the shoulders of those who preceded us. But we should always keep an open mind and be willing to accept that desired results can be accomplished through different means; and maybe, just maybe, someone in your network has an approach that is better than your own.

I am honored to be a part of our timeless — and ageless — profession. Whether you have been reporting one month or 50 years, you have the opportunity to network and continue to grow our profession. Mentor a court reporting student or new reporter entering the field. Reach out if you need guidance or assistance. Work together with your fellow court reporters and captioners. Learn from each other. Teach each other. Adapt to change. Grow and move forward together.

We should always recognize and be proud of the numbers we are assigned, the age we have attained, and the experiences and knowledge each of us possess. But please join me in challenging the stereotypes. Let us look at each person for who they are, and not which generation or number they carry. Start now and take one number — 2015 — and define 2015 as the year of you! You will make a difference for yourself and an entire profession!

Sarah E. Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC, is NCRA’s President. She can be reached atpresident@ncra.org.

Stenotype Institute featured on air for third time

A third segment showcasing the court reporting and captioning profession was aired on Feb. 24 on WJXT’s First Coast Living show in Florida. The segment once again features an interview with Melissa Meisterhans, co-director of education for Stenotype Institute, as well as a clip featuring NCRA President Sarah Nageotte that aired earlier this year on CNBC.

The first two segments showcasing court reporting and captioning aired on the same show on Feb. 10 and Feb. 17, and they included interviews with Meisterhans and Holly Kapacinskas, RPR, CRR, president of the Florida Court Reporters Association. Both segments included information about how to enter the profession, the Ducker Worldwide study job outlook, salary information, and the various areas court reporters and captioners can work in.

Watch it here.

NCRA urges regulations to require captioning in more markets

On behalf of NCRA, President Sarah E. Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC, submitted comments regarding the rewriting of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is charged with reviewing and updating the current law. The comments, submitted to the committee on Jan. 22, address such issues as increasing the current number of media markets required to provide captioned programming from the top 25 to the top 50. Nageotte also called for regulations to be included in the Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2012 that would require captioning on original Web content produced by over-the-top video services, such as Hulu, Netflix, and Yahoo!

Read the comment letter.

NCRA President Sarah Nageotte featured

The Cleveland Plain Dealer featured an interview with NCRA President Sarah Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC, on Dec. 12. In the article, Nageotte, from Jefferson, Ohio, shares what it’s like to serve as an official court reporter as well as a bit about her life.

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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 triblove.com. Insurancenewsnet.com 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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