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TRAIN Task Force announces handbook for state associations

TRAIN logoNCRA TRAIN Task Force chair Lisa Knight, RMR, CRR, a freelance court reporter from Littleton, Colo., announced the launch of a new handbook designed to assist state associations and their members start TRAIN groups. The handbook launched during a presentation at the National Committee of State Associations meeting held July 30 at the NCRA 2015 Convention & Expo in New York City. TRAIN, which stands for Taking Realtime Awareness and Innovation Nationwide, was launched by NCRA in 2012 based on feedback from a membership-wide survey calling for an initiative to help court reporters alleviate the fears that are associated with writing realtime.

Earlier in the week, the TRAIN Task Force announced the new handbook via an email blast to state leaders that also included the book as an attachment as well as links to the TRAIN website for more information. The handbook, which is also available on the TRAIN website, was compiled by Task Force member Debra A. Levinson,  RMR, CRR, CMRS, CRI, a freelance reporter from White Plains, N.Y.

“I am so excited about the new TRAIN handbook. The TRAIN Task Force receives questions like, ‘How do I form a TRAIN group? Where do I start?’ This short-and-sweet handbook will make it even easier for the state leaders to continue to assist every reporter become realtime proficient by starting TRAIN groups in their state,” said Knight.

“Some states already have very active TRAIN or Realtime Committees. These state committees play a vital role in assisting reporters becoming more realtime proficient,” she added.

For more information on how to start a TRAIN group in your state or local area, or to access valuable free realtime information, please visit