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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

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TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court issued a proclamation today recognizing February 11 through 18 as National Court Reporting and Captioning Week and encouraged all Kansans to join the state court system in its observance of the week.

"In ancient Egypt, scribes were considered the literate elite, recording laws and other important documents," said Chief Justice Lawton Nuss. "Since that time, scribes have served as impartial witnesses to history, including when America's founding fathers drafted the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights." 

Today, court reporters and captioners are present in Congress, preserving members' words and actions, and in courtrooms nationwide. They are also responsible for closed captioning on television, at sporting events, and in other community and educational settings, bringing information to millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing people every day. 

Wednesday morning, Nuss presented the Supreme Court's original proclamation to Cindy Isaacsen, president of the Kansas Court Reporters Association, in front a small audience of court reporters from across Kansas. The chief justice was joined by his fellow Supreme Court justices for the short ceremony.

"Court reporters and captioners, like their scribe predecessors, play in important role in capturing and preserving court proceedings, and in preserving our nation's history," Nuss said. "They truly are guardians of the record, and I invite my fellow Kansans to join with me to recognize their important contributions." 


Members of state court reporting associations across the country have spent the week celebrating their profession by participating in career fairs, visiting court reporting schools, hosting Veterans History Project events, and being quoted by local media, in honor of the 2017 Court Reporting & Captioning Week.

State associations and schools around the country promote the profession

For members of the Kansas Court Reporters Association (KCRA), however the week proved to be exceptionally busy. KCRA members kicked off the week by meeting with the state’s governor and securing an official proclamation recognizing 2017 Court Reporting & Captioning Week. In addition, representatives from the association were also invited to visit with members of the state’s Supreme Court where they also secured another official proclamation and pictures with the justices.

KCRA members marched onward throughout the week with other stops. They visited with members of the State Judiciary Committee where reporters provided a realtime presentation that left the attendees mesmerized. They also visited with members of the Johnson Board of County Commissioners complete with breakfast and another realtime demonstration that led to yet another official proclamation recognizing the week.

KCRA members wrapped up their celebration with a special write-a-thon at Neosho County Community College to help raise funds to aid students in its court reporting program.

“It’s been a very busy week,” said Cindy Isaacsen RPR, an official court reporter from Olathe and president of KCRA.

“I think I’ve said Court Reporting & Captioning Week about 1.75 million times. This week was just another way to spread the word about court reporting and captioning. It’s not just the young people we have to educate about what we do,” Isaacsen added. “My judge always says that I think court reporting is the best job out there … he’s right.”  (Excerpt from www.theJCR.com)

Read the entire article here.


RESTON, Va., Feb. 15, 2017 -- The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, captioners, and legal videographers, unveiled a new initiative called DiscoverSteno that offers anyone interested to explore, consider, and learn more about a career in court reporting or captioning. The launch of the new initiative is in conjunction with 2017 Court Reporting & Captioning Week, sponsored by NCRA and being celebrated across the nation Feb. 11-18.

In conjunction with 2017 Court Reporting & Captioning Week, NCRA has announced the launch of DiscoverSteno, a multi-pronged Web-based initiative that offers anyone interested the opportunity to explore, consider, and learn more about a career in court reporting or captioning.

“Court reporting and captioning are professions that so often fall under the radar when someone is looking for an exciting and flexible career option,” said NCRA President Tiva Wood, RDR, CMRS, a freelance court reporter from Mechanicsburg, Pa.

“DiscoverSteno is aimed at pushing awareness about these career fields above the radar, especially for high school students, career changers, veterans seeking to re-enter the workforce, and even college students who find their major course of studies is not what they expected it to be. Those who choose a career in court reporting or captioning very often enter the workforce quicker than those who take the traditional college path and oftentimes at less cost,” she added.

NCRA’s DiscoverSteno initiative comprises several components designed to provide visitors to the site a comprehensive overview of court reporting and captioning as a viable and rewarding career. Among the sections is ExploreSteno, which offers a series of short modules including testimonials from current students and working professionals, the history of stenography, how it works, and what it feels like to write it.

By clicking on ConsiderSteno, visitors to the DiscoverSteno site can take an interest survey to find out if they possess traits similar to those of a successful court reporter or captioner.

For visitors interested in learning the basics of writing in steno, LearnSteno lets them contact NCRA to find out how they can participate in a free, six-to-eight week A to Z Intro to Machine Shorthand program either in their area or online.

Developed by Nancy Varallo, RDR, CRR, Worcester, Mass., a past NCRA President and longtime court reporter and firm owner, the introductory program offers the perfect opportunity for participants to learn the alphabet in steno, write on a real machine, and decide if pursuing an education in court reporting or captioning is the right choice. Working professionals will lead the A to Z program in their offices.

“The A to Z Intro to Machine Shorthand program not only provides participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in learning the basics of steno writing at no cost, but it also provides NCRA members an easy and fun way to share what they do and why they love what they do with potential future professionals,” said Varallo. 

“The program is structured to allow A to Z leaders to really highlight the benefits of the profession and perhaps become a mentor to a future colleague.”

Visitors to the DiscoverSteno site can also get a firsthand look at the venues in which court reporters and captioners work by clicking on WatchSteno. The video features real professionals sharing why they love the profession. In addition, they can contact NCRA to learn more about its certified schools and their programs.

“NCRA is excited to launch the DiscoverSteno initiative and is committed to the future growth of the court reporting and captioning professions,” said Mike Nelson, CAE, CEO and Executive Director of NCRA. “DiscoverSteno is designed to help educate those interested in one of these career paths to learn more about the field, job opportunities, test their aptitude, and have the resources such as finding the right court reporting and captioning program at their fingertips.”

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 DiscoverSteno.org.

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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.