As I head off today for a new adventure in Court Reporting, I’m reminded of the fact that every now and then we just need to
think outside of the box. Being stuck in a rut isn’t good for any situation life throws at us. We must be open to new experiences, new techniques, new technology, and new avenues to boost our Court Reporting revenues.
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Melissa Magee and her family on the loss of her younger sister Dolly Lane. Ms. Lane passed away Friday, February 14, 2014, at her home in Magee, Mississippi. She leaves behind a husband, two daughters, and three grandchildren as well as several other family members and many friends. Funeral services were held Sunday, February 16, 2014, at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home in Magee with burial at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Our thoughts also go out to MCRA President Karen Reid-Edge on the loss of her aunt Georgia Nell Carnell. Ms. Carnell passed away February 20, 2014, in Humboldt, Tennessee. Funeral services were held today, February 24, 2014, at Gadsden Methodist Church with burial at the Gadsden United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Prayers also go out to Ruth Ann Patrick on the loss of her mother on February 25, 2014. The funeral is scheduled for Friday, February 28, 2014, at Tyler Memorial Park Funeral Home in Tyler, Texas.
Jeremiah 33:6 — “But then I will bring health and healing to the people there. I will heal them and let them enjoy great peace and safety.”
February 16-22, 2014, has been declared National Court Reporting Week. Please show your support and love for our profession by sharing with others. Listed below are some suggestions for social media posts you may want to use.
Have a wonderful and positively productive Court Reporting Week to all you awesome court reporters!
February 16: Tell the world that it is court reporting and captioning week!
Facebook post: Friends and family – please help me spread the word! This week is Court Reporting & Captioning Week. Please read and share this link to help me get out the message!
Tweet: It’s Court Reporting & Captioning Week nationwide. Help spread the word! #courtreportingweek
February 17: Why I became a court reporter/captioner
Facebook post: It’s Court Reporting & Captioning week, and today I’d like to share why I became a court reporter/captioner. I became a court reporter/captioner to _________. Learn more about how you can become involved in Court Reporting and Captioning Week here: http://www.ncra.org/awareness
Tweet: I became a court reporter to _________. Other CRs out there – Why did you get into the profession? #courtreportingweek
February 18: Becoming a court reporter
Facebook post: To all of my friends who have children about to graduate high school, or to those who are considering a career change, check this out. http://www.careersincourtreporting.com
Tweet: If you are wondering what to do after high school, consider a career in court reporting!
February 19: Post a photo of my favorite court reporting/captioning gadget
Facebook photo post: My favorite court reporting gadget/tool is ______. It is a great addition to my kit because _______. What is your favorite gadget?
Tweet – photo upload: The best tool in my kit: [insert photo link] I couldn’t do ____ without it. #courtreportingweek.
February 20: The one thing I would tell non-reporters about the profession
Facebook post: It is Court Reporting & Captioning Week, and as I try to spread the word about my profession, I wanted to share that the one thing that most people don’t know about court reporting/captioning is _______.
Tweet: Most people don’t know that court reporting/captioning is ________. #courtreportingweek.
February 21: The best advice I can give to a student
Facebook post: My court reporting week advice to a student: __________.
Suggested Tweet: Court reporting student advice: ___________ #courtreportingweek.
February 22: My professional goal for 2014
Facebook post: As court reporting week comes to a close, I wanted to share my professional goals for the upcoming year. In 2014, I hope to _______.
Suggested Tweet: My professional goal for 2014: ________. #courtreportingweek.
VIENNA, Va., Feb. 11, 2014 — U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) recognized National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, Feb. 16-22, in a floor speech at the U.S. House of Representatives. The national celebration is sponsored by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters and broadcast captioners, and is designed to highlight the contributions of stenographic court reporters and captioners to society and to showcase the growing number of career opportunities that exist in the court reporting and captioning fields.
“Today I rise to honor National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, taking place from February 16 to February 22, a week that serves to recognize the value and importance that court reporters and captioners have made in American society,” said Ross, who noted that his own cousin has worked as a court reporter for many years. “As a lawyer who has spent over 25 years as a litigator I have a profound respect and appreciation for those who preserve the official record.”
National Court Reporting and Captioning Week will be marked with educational events nationwide, including a grassroots social media campaign, 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.
“Court reporters, broadcast captioners, and Communication Access Realtime Translation, or CART-captioners serve an integral role in my home state of Florida and throughout the United States,” said Ross.
Stenographic skills translate to a multitude of career options—including court reporting, live-event captioning for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, captioning for broadcast and specialized videography—and the strong marketplace demand means court reporting offers an abundance of long-term career opportunities.
“National Court Reporting and Captioning Week is NCRA’s way to spotlight for the public the importance of what court reporters and captioners do, and we commend Representative Ross for recognizing that court reporting, captioning, and CART are careers that are a vital part of the lifeblood of law and culture in our society,” said NCRA President Nancy Varallo, RMR, CRR, from Grafton, Mass.