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Congress and media showcase National Court Reporting & Captioning Week

Sunday kicked off 2014 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week with a display of activities around the country hosted by court reporters, captioners, firms, state associations, and court reporting schools, as well as an array of well-deserved media coverage. Prior to the celebration’s start, U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross recognized the week-long event in a floor speech at the U.S. House of Representatives on Tues., Feb. 11, noting that the celebration “serves to recognize the value and importance that court reporters and captioners have made in American society.”

Below is a list of links to articles that have appeared as a result of the nationwide grassroots effort to highlight the profession and increase the public’s awareness about it.

Linda Hallworth, president of the Alberta Shorthand Reporters Association, assisted a local television station with creating a three-part series on captioning and CART. The first installment, which aired on Feb. 17, focused on the impact CART in the classroom has had in the life of a deaf high school student. Watch the clip. The remaining two segments are scheduled to run later in the week.

The Jefferson Daily newspaper in Cambridge, Ohio, ran an article about a display created by NCRA member Sally Booth-Bennet, RMR, CRR, CBC, CCP, at the local public library. Read more.

An online article posted by the Tri-County News in Wisconsin, highlights the benefits the court reporting and captioning profession offers, including high job placement and salary. Read more.

“There’s more to court reporting than meets the eye,” a guest commentary by Michael Lanser, president of Lakeshore Technical College, was posted online by the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter in Wisconsin. The article shares the perspective of a 30-year-plus court reporting educator regarding a resurgence of interest in the profession. Read more.

A blog on BizVoice, the online newsletter of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, ran a piece entitled “Saying Thanks to The Court Reporters” that provides an overview of the profession and its future. Read more.

To find out how you can celebrate 2014 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week or to find the latest in resources including press release templates, media pitches, power points, and more, please visit NCRA’s Court Reporting & Captioning Week resources page or contact the NCRA communications team at