NCRA Realtime Program
NCRA has established the Realtime Program to help court reporters get past their reluctance to writing realtime. A Realtime Resource Guide has been developed that compares software compatibility, connections, and features.
- The goal of the Realtime Program is to create an influx of realtime reporters to meet marketplace demand and to allow court reporters to differentiate themselves from other methods of making the record.
- Designed for delivery in small group settings at the local level, the Realtime Program relies on state associations and individual members to carry the message to reporters. Experience has shown this setting is ideal for helping reporters make the transition to realtime.
Fast-track your individual learning to get you on your way to writing realtime. Below are some useful links that will provide information on your realtime technical needs, writing tips, and ideas on how to face challenges. If you don’t have access to a local realtime group, you have access to some great information just for you. And if you are involved in a realtime group, here are some fresh ideas and tips to have in mind before your next meeting.
- Computer recommendations - choosing and preparing a new computer for realtime
- Realtime hardware - realtime output hardware types
- Hardware accessories - setting up your new computer
- Basic troubleshooting - guides to help you become a tech-savvy reporter
- Software tools - output methods (cost and other considerations)
- Specific softwares - What software do you want to output to?
Fighting fear tips
What are your state's specific realtime needs? What will it take to get your statewide official and freelance reporters interested in implementing realtime into their everyday work lives? Take realtime in your state into your own hands. The above PDF document will give you some assistance.
In the past, the NCRA Tech Committee has reached out to qualified individuals to become a mentor to help spread the word and assist in getting realtime moving down the tracks. This resource provides access to the gracious state mentors who have volunteered their time to try and rally the troops in their home states as well as anyone else who wants information and guidance on creating a local realtime group in their area.
Additional realtime resources
- Realtime group guidelines
- Realtime online resources
- Realtime references
- Realtime YouTube playlist
- Find a Realtime Program representative in your area
- Realtime FAQ
NCRA's realtime app is an on-the-go guide for troubleshooting, creating realtime groups, and much more!
The app is not available in app stores, such as the iPhone App Store, or Google Play. It is, however, downloadable from the above link. It was created by NCRA Director Sue Terry, RPR, CRR, and is safe to download.
Check it out. This mobile reference guide can be accessed from your phone while waiting for an appointment. What better use of that time than becoming familiar with all of this great realtime information?
NCRA's Realtime Program Facebook page is a great place to learn tips from other reporters around the country, ask questions, and join in on or view some interesting realtime discussions. There is strength in numbers. Please join us!