Working through COVID-19
NCRA members lead exciting and exceptional professional careers. From transcribing and preserving the official record in high-profile cases in the courtroom and important meetings in the boardroom to captioning onsite at live venues such as theater and sporting events, each day presents a different adventure. See some of their stories below.
NCRA Member and student Shaunise Day from Oakland, Calif., has started a podcast. Day said she has been thinking about the idea for a while. "On social media, we discuss plenty of great topics that everyone in the profession could use. After discovering that I had way too many screenshots of valuable information, I thought about all of the reporters and others who are in the profession who aren’t on social media and could benefit from the topics just as well. A steno podcast would be the perfect platform to keep us all engaged and informed.“
NCRA member Early Langley, RMR, shares her memoir on lessons learned during the Zebra murders trial in California during the 1970s. Langley notes that tensions mounted during the trial, but she adds "I guess it wasn’t enough of a deterrent to keep me away from reporting trials." She adds "there is nothing like the real thing" and she now invites college students to come in and sit for as long as possible for a firsthand experience. Langley concedes that "Trials have a helter-skelter nature of their own. And you just gotta love it."
Lois Boyle, RMR, Newport News, Va., founded Access Virginia, a non-profit organization created to provide open captioning and audio description at live theatrical performances. Boyle learned to caption for theaters in 2010 and was offered the opportunity to provide the service for an individual who had lost their hearing at the age of 30. Boyle notes that "Once I provided it for one person and the word spread, there was a demand for it, and I was contracted by the theater to provide the service for its Broadway series."
Debbie Dibble, RDR, CRR, CRC, a freelancer and captioner, shares her story of how a single encounter resulting from mistakenly stolen deposition exhibits led from one opportunity to another. Dibble had the opportunity to work with celebrities like singer Donny Osmond, American idol finalist David Archuleta, and former quarterback Scott Mitchell (Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, and Cincinnati Bengals) - which she notes as being a highlight of her career. Dibble is appreciative of these experiences and said that "We go places most people can only dream of, seize upon opportunities most will never be offered, and the rewards are unprecedented."
NCRA member Isaiah Roberts, RPR, encourages students, shares why he loves court reporting as a career, and explains why he believes it is so worth it. From captioning the Lollapalooza event, to working in federal courthouses and administering depositions from Laguna Hills to Hong Kong, Roberts can attest that the opportunities are limitless. He notes that "I wish someone would’ve told me as a student that they’re out there."