2016-2017 NCSA STATE
“TAKE NOTE” COMPETITION
“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. I’m looking forward to learning about the many ways our members across the nation celebrate our wonderful profession,” NCRA President Tiva Wood, RDR, CMRS.
We are all familiar with the findings from the 2013-2014 Industry Outlook Report by Ducker Worldwide that predicts there will be a shortage of 5,500 court reporters by 2018. We know our numbers are dwindling. We know we need students in our schools, and we know we need students graduating from court reporting programs. Is this challenging? Yes it is, but we are court reporters, and we face challenges every day.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Just as colleges and universities engage in athletic rivalries, you can join forces with court reporters and captioners in your state for a little friendly competition across state borders. In our profession, we are silent as we diligently do our jobs, but we really have a lot to say about our great profession. Now is the time to say it.
WHERE CAN WE LET OUR
VOICES BE HEARD?
Presentations and demonstrations at high schools or career fairs in our communities
Presentations and demonstrations at guidance counselor conventions in our states
Participation in a Veterans History Project Day
Participation in and promotion of Court Reporting & Captioning Week 2017
WHEN IS THE COMPETITION?
The competition will begin Monday, August 8. We do not want to waste any time spreading the message about our wonderful profession! Let’s get the ball rolling! While we will award the prizes at the culmination of Court Reporting & Captioning Week, February 11-18, 2017, we want the Take Note Competition to be a year-round event.
WHERE CAN I FIND MATERIAL FOR A PRESENTATION?
If you’re preparing a presentation, there is no need to look any further than the NCRA website to find a wealth of information at your fingertips.
You can also contact NCRA’s Communications Team at email@example.com for additional assistance.
Consider contacting the business education, English, or music department at your local school to set up a presentation. Consider taking along a short transcript to school presentations. Let the students do some play acting so they can experience what goes on in a court proceeding or deposition. Everyone likes to be the judge!
If you have an idea that really works well for you and you want to share it with other states or if you are having difficulty getting the ball rolling and you are looking for ideas, e-mail your regional rep or reach out to Leaders@lists.ncra.org. We are all working together to fill our court reporting and captioning schools with students, and we are all here to help each other.
HOW DO WE DOCUMENT OUR
Documenting your presentations or demonstrations is quick and easy. Just click on this site, fill in the information, and your event will be entered in the contest.
There is no limit to the number of contest entries your state can have. The greater the number of entries you have, the better the chances your state wins the competition. Did your state, county, and city government offices issue a proclamation commemorating Court Reporting & Captioning Week? Did you participate in a Veterans History Project Day? Did you present at a school, conference, or career fair? These are all great ways to receive recognition for your hard work, and they’re each additional entries for your state in the competition.
Don’t stop there, though. Post pictures of your presentations on your state association’s website and social media pages, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #crTakeNote so NCRA can share your hard work. (Note that only entries submitted through the online application qualify for the competition.) Contact NCRA’s Assistant Director of Communications Annemarie Roketenetz at firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion in the JCR Weekly. Let everyone across the country hear about your successful campaign to promote court reporting and captioning.
WHAT ARE THE PRIZES FOR THE COMPETITION?
The prizes for the competition are tiered. Each entry into the raffle-type competition qualifies for the first prize. Each prize awarded is to be used at the state’s discretion, i.e. registrations for the president/delegate, raffle items/fundraising for future conventions, student gifts, et cetera. In addition, there is a grand prize for an individual reporter or captioner.
First Prize: Five free webinars.
GRAND PRIZE: A complimentary registration to the 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo will be awarded to the individual reporter or captioner who does the greatest number of school, career day, guidance counselor convention presentations, VHP Days, and/or Court Reporting & Captioning Week events. In case of a tie, the prize will go to the reporter or captioner who completed and submitted their presentations first.
GOOD LUCK! LET THE WORLD KNOW ABOUT YOUR GREAT CAREER!
Shawnee County District Court is “very short” on the number of its court reporters, who record every word said during court hearings and trials before the court’s 15 judges...
Photo courtesy of The Topeka-Capital Journal
Court Reporting School Receives Official Recognition
Miranda Cummings started the Voice Writing Institute in March, 2016. This past August, the Kansas Board of Regents recognized the Institute as a licensed post-secondary school. They commended Miranda for having “a detailed and impressive curriculum, one that sets a high standard of learning.” This is a monumental accomplishment because there are few schools like the Institute. Miranda commented, “This state, as do many other states, needs more court reporters in a desperate way.”
The program typically lasts between 9-12 months and covers a range of topics including technology, terminology and different phases of transcription followed by a 40 hour internship with a licensed reporter. The school has seen recent graduates (Paula Lunnon, Latoya Tyree, Julie Beach and Meghan Rogers) take vacancies with our Court. There are several other students nearing graduation. Upon receiving their Certificate of Completion, students can sit for the Kansas Certified Court Reporting Examination.
-- Compliments of the 3rd Judicial District's Quarterly Newsletter
Letter from the President:
I know they say that the older we get, the faster time goes by – and that’s proven to be the case for me. Time goes by and I am always astounded by the brevity of life. I hope you have taken the opportunity to spend time with your family, friends, loved ones, colleagues, and sometimes a stranger who needs a helping hand...
**UPDATE: WRITE-A-THON POSTPONED. STAY TUNED FOR NEW DATE**
NCCC FIRST ANNUAL WRITE-A-THON
The Court Reporting Program at Neosho County Community College is holding its first annual Write-A-Thon on December 17th, 2016, from 9 – 4. If you would like to participate – by either writing with us or contributing to the scholarship fund – please contact me!!
Click HERE for the pledge sheet so you can use it to participate and collect much-needed funds for this program. There’s no need for you to come to Ottawa, Kansas, to participate. You can write in your own home, courthouse, office, wherever you are. Or if you’d rather send a check made payable to the NCCC Court Reporter program, that would be appreciated. Financial aid has not been approved yet, so every student is paying for the classes and the software without any kind of student assistance.
We’ll be ordering pizzas for lunch, and EV360 will be available for dictation purposes. Bring your headphones and machine. And your laptop too if you’d like.
I look forward to hearing from you about this great opportunity to help our future reporters!!
Cindy L. Isaacsen, CSR, RPR
100 N. Kansas Avenue, Division 3
Olathe, Kansas 66061
KCRA President Cindy Isaacsen & Dani Murray, both Johnson County Official Court Reporters, appear on the KC Live morning show to celebrate Court Reporting & Captioning Week 2016.