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By the National Court Reporters Association
NCRA’s seventh consecutive Court Reporting and Captioning Week event was celebrated across the nation by state associations, individual members, students, and firms, via an array of events ranging from open houses to contests to time spent with lawmakers.
At the national level, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus from Illinois recognized the week in a written speech submitted for the official record of the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis from Illinois delivered a similar speech from the House floor on February 14, recognizing the event.
Official proclamations for the week were issued in 16 states including: Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. Official proclamations were also issued in Eugene, Oregon, and Bexar County, Texas.
All states that submitted an official proclamation will be entered into a drawing by NCRA to win one free 2019 Convention and Expo registration. In addition, states that entered the annual NCSA State Challenge, a friendly contest among state associations and individual NCRA members to spread the word about the benefits of a career in court reporting or captioning, will be entered into a drawing for a variety of prizes ranging from complimentary NCRA event registrations to vouchers for continuing education.
NCRA President Sue A. Terry, FAPR, RPR, CRR, CRC, a freelance court reporter from Springfield, Ohio, celebrated the event by participating in “Spread the Word,” an online event hosted by the College of Court Reporting in Valparaiso, Indiana. Terry joined other representatives from the court reporting and captioning professions to talk to students firsthand about the benefits of a career in court reporting or captioning and to provide motivation and inspiration to those who attended.
Other schools that marked the event with special activities included Anoka Technical College in Anoka, Minnesota; Green River College in Auburn, Washington; the Captioning and Court Reporting program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), Cuyahoga, Ohio; Madison College, Madison, Wisconsin; and Plaza College, Queens, New York.
A number of state court reporter associations reported activities such as get-togethers for members, attorneys, and judges, as well as courthouse displays, contests, social media campaigns, and more.
In honor of the week, NCRA also released several videos of members promoting the court reporting and captioning professions by sharing what they love about their careers. The first five of the series are available at NCRA’s YouTube Channel. Members and state associations are encouraged to share the videos on social media sites as well as use them to promote the profession at career days and other events where the skills of court reporters and captioners are showcased.
See the media generated by the 2019 Court Reporting & Captioning Week.
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Queens court reporting students compete for speed and accuracy in contest to prepare for jobs.
National Court Reporting and Captioning Week Showcased on Local Station.
Court Reporting and Captioning Week in Iowa
Local court reporters recognized
Thanks to everyone who participated in 2019 Court Reporting and Captioning Week and making this seventh year of celebration a great success! Mark your calendars now for 2020 Court Reporting and Captioning Week happening February 8-15.
Even though 2019 Court Reporting and Captioning Week is coming to over, you don’t need to stop showing your pride in being a court reporter or captioner. Keep up your activities to promote the professions year-round.
Originally published on TheJCR.com, a publication of the National Court Reporters Association, and reprinted here with permission.