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Court Reporting and Captioning Week success

Court Reporting and Captioning Week success

March 8, 2013

The National Court Reporters Association hosted its first annual Court Reporting and Captioning Week, February 17-23. The awareness week was a nationwide effort to highlight the contributions of stenographic court reporters and captioners to society, and to showcase the career opportunities that exist in the court reporting and captioning fields.

It proved to be a huge success due the overwhelming support received throughout the week. The court reporting community took to Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and local media outlets, and aided in a successful grassroots media campaign.

"We had been looking for ways to get the entire court reporting community engaged in activities to promote the profession to external audiences, including the consumers of reporting services as well as prospective students," said Jim Cudahy, NCRA Executive Director & CEO. "With Court Reporting and Captioning Week, we leveraged our community to reach nearly 13,000 people on Facebook over the course of a single week. We watched as members, state associations, schools, and vendors made excellent use of our informational resource center. We couldn’t be happier with the success of this inaugural event.”

To kick off the week, NCRA announced that Congressman Ron Kind (D) of Wisconsin recognized National Court Reporting and Captioning Week and acknowledged “the hard work of court reporters and broadcast captioners nationwide” in the Congressional Record on February 14.

Each day of the week posed a new question or theme. Members shared their favorite on-the-job stories, best advice, tips of the trade and reasons for entering their profession, emphasizing the importance and opportunities these careers possess.

Other highlights included presentations at high schools across the country about court reporting and captioning career opportunities and community demonstrations such as producing transcripts of veterans’ oral histories. Several members were profiled by their local media and numerous schools held celebratory events in honor of Court Reporting and Captioning Week, the profession, and their students.

NCRA would like to extend its gratitude to all who participated in this awareness week and helped to spread the word about these wonderful career fields. We look forward to the 2014 National Court Reporting and Captioning Week to be held February 16-22.