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Is the skin an organ of the human body? Perhaps you're not used to thinking of it as an organ, but the skin is one of the most important units of the body. And, although it is not as thick as other important organs, the skin of an average adult has over 3,000 square inches of surface area. It weighs about six pounds, being twice as heavy as the liver or brain. And the skin receives one th…
Employment Opportunities, Committee
By Gary D. Robson
Are you looking to caption at the national level?Here's how to do it.
You've paid your dues and put in some time captioning on a local level. TV news, perhaps, or your favorite sports team. City council meetings, or a talk show on your cable network's community access channel. Now you're ready to make the leap into national work. How do you prepare yourself? What's going to b…
Captioning, Employment Opportunities
By Deanna Baker
There would be other things besides offline captioning you could use your skills for. Offline captioning really doesn't have anything to do with steno writing, except possibly as a word processor making a transcript, if needed. And then much more is involved than transcribing, such as grammar skills, editing skills, understanding the audience, etc. Otherwise it's all computer work…
You can earn 0.25 PDC by passing the exam following this article with a score of 85% or better, which has been approved for publication by NCRA's Council of the Academy of Professional Reporters.
The questions are based on the material in the article but some may require additional research. Please take these tests online by following the directions on the main JCR Article test…
Employment Opportunities, Certification and Testing, Committee, Ethics and Business Practices
By Deanna Baker
An online student asked me what the best theory is if you want to caption. For help with this issue, I turned to caption theory experts Kathy DiLorenzo, RDR, CRR, and Amy Bowlen, RDR, CRR, both of VITAC.
Kathy responded, "The best theory for captioners? I'd say a realtime theory, no?
"All kidding aside, that has to be the answer: a realtime theory. It doesn't matter which one it …
By Amy Bowlen
Someone likely to succeed as a realtime captioner does not have a completely different set of characteristics or qualities from someone likely to succeed as a reporter working in any other environment. For that matter, the characteristics present in a successful student are probably the same as those of a successful judicial reporter, CART provider or realtime captioner. When report…
You can earn 0.25 PDC by passing the exam following this article, which has been approved for publication by NCRA's Council of the Academy of Professional Reporters.
The questions are based on the material in the article but some may require additional research. Please take these tests online by following the directions on the main JCR Article test page.
Employment Opportunities, Committee, Professionals
By Michele B. Pennington
So you want to break into the profession of broadcast captioning. Or maybe you are looking to transfer your court reporting skills to this growing field. Or perhaps you have been captioning for a number of years, and are just looking to join a new firm. We spoke to a number of major national broadcast captioning companies and asked them what they looked for when they hire…
Ethics and Business Practices, Employment Opportunities, Certification and Testing, Advocacy, Committee, JCR
By Deanna Baker
I was recently asked, "What is the best way to start a career in captioning?" That's a question that would take volumes to answer, but I'll try to do the best I can, though, in this short space. First off, watch captions as often as possible. Educate yourself as to the difference between realtime captions (live) versus offline captioning (prescripted). Watch with the mute on and of…