Professionals nationwide to showcase unique career choice with ample opportunity next week during National Court Reporting & Captioning Week
RESTON, VA., — The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, broadcast and CART captioners, and legal videographers, has designated Feb. 11-18 as the 2017 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week. The week-long event is designed to celebrate the court reporting and captioning professions and to help raise public awareness about the growing number of employment opportunities the career offers.
Court reporters, captioners, CART providers, state court reporter associations, and court reporting schools around the country will celebrate 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.
“The court reporting and captioning professions often go unnoticed as viable career choices by high school students, veterans, career changers, and college redirects,” said NCRA President Tiva Wood, RDR, CMRS, a freelance court reporter from Mechanicsburg, PA.
“A major focus of the week-long effort is to get the word out to these groups that ample employment opportunities exist both in and outside of the court room, that salaries are competitive, that work venues are interesting, and that flexible options are plentiful,” Wood added.
Official court reporters work in a courtroom setting at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as in Congress and other venues to capture the official record of a proceeding. Court transcripts captured by an official court reporter are extremely important should a case be appealed.
Captioners provide the streaming captions that appear on television for local and major programming, including sporting events, major news events, and local, state and national emergencies. Also, captioners provide real-time captioning in venues such as movie theaters, churches, local and regional theaters, business meetings. Some captioners provide Communications Access Real-time Translation (CART) in classroom and other settings to assist individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Many court reporters and captioners also provide real-time reporting.
“The spirit of Court Reporting & Captioning Week reflects the spirit and pride we have as members of this profession. It is never too soon or too late to share that spirit and pride with the members of our communities and to spread the word about the endless opportunities court reporting and captioning offer as a career path,” said Wood.
For more information, visit NCRA.org. Career information about the court reporting profession—one of the leading career options that does not require a traditional four-year degree—can be found at crTakeNote.com.
The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is internationally recognized for promoting excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken word to text for more than 100 years. NCRA is committed to supporting its nearly 16,000 members in achieving the highest level of professional expertise with educational opportunities and industry-recognized court reporting, educator, and videographer certification programs. NCRA impacts legislative issues and the global marketplace through its actively involved membership. Forbes has named court reporting as one of the best career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the court reporting field is expected to grow by 14 percent through the year 2020. For more information, visit NCRA.org.