Working through COVID-19
NCRA members lead exciting and interesting professional careers. From transcribing and preserving the official record in high-profile cases in the courtroom, important meetings in the boardroom, and other official venues to captioning onsite at live venues such as theater and sporting events, each day presents a different adventure. See some of the stories below about NCRA members at work.
Debbie Dibble, RDR, CRR, CRC, a freelancer and captioner from Salt Lake City, Utah, captioned the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Show, which featured guest like the cast of Sesame Street. Dibble admits: "I find that each broadcast comes with new obstacles that require creative solutions, and I grow as a professional while I work with my team of engineers and producers to find ways to provide the best product for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community."
Joan Columbini, RPR, had a first-time reporting experience of working with a trial witness who could only communicate with her eyes.
The woman’s aide would hold something showing rows of letters and would say each letter until the woman signaled by that it was the correct letter. Columbini noted that “some answers took three pages for her to put a sentence together.”
NCRA members Patricia Bidonde, RPR, and Rich Germosen, RDR, CRR, were hired by the New York Times for an unusual job with their DealBook Conference, where a group of innovative thinkers and business leaders took the stage for a day with Times journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin.