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Great sessions planned for captioners at NCRA 2019 Convention & Expo

What can captioners expect at the NCRA 2019 Convention & Expo this Aug. 15-18 in Denver, Colo.? Lots of networking, lots of learning, and lots of great fun! Don’t miss the opportunity for reconnecting with old friends and building your network with new ones — from a warm welcome at the Opening Reception to scheduled coffee breaks to the excitement at the Saturday Award Luncheon and Member Recognition Gala on Saturday night. People staying in the hotel block also get the chance to jump-start their days with breakfast with other attendees.

Haven’t registered yet? You still have time! Online registration is open through July 31.

Registration is also still open for the Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) Workshop. The CRC Workshop is being held on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is chock-full of valuable information for understanding what it takes to be a captioner.

More interested in the CEU opportunities? Check out these sessions specifically designed for captioners.

Kelly Linkowsi, RPR, CRR, CRC, CPE, a broadcast captioner from Rittman, Ohio, and Becky Tallarico, RPR, CRR, CRC, a broadcast captioner based in Orefield, Pa., will be presenting a session titled “CART: Oh, the Places You Can Go!”

“We’re putting together a session for working CART writers. We all face a lot of different challenges on the job – from identifying 30 different speakers or more to how to find the prep material even when the conference purveyor isn’t being forthcoming. We have lots of tips and tricks, and we plan to invite the audience to offer their best ideas as well,” says Linkowski, who invites both those who are new to the field and those who have advanced skills to the session.

Captioners will also want to check out “Ethics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” which will be presented by captioning veterans Deanna Baker, FAPR, RMR, and Heidi Thomas, RDR, CRR, CRC. Between the two of them, they have seen or heard of just about every situation. In addition to reviewing NCRA’s Captioners Code of Ethics, says Baker, “we will ask attendees to bring their scenarios to the session for all to discuss. Come prepared for this interactive session. We look forward to talking through your ethical dilemmas.”

 “No matter the season, there is always a sport that you will probably need to caption,” says Sandra Smith, RPR, a broadcast and CART captioner based in Escanaba, Mich., who will present “Captioning a Sporting Event 101: Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Hockey.”

“You will need to prep for the different sports, and I want to offer some tips and tricks on becoming familiar with the different terminology. In addition, I’ll share some do’s and don’ts for captioning the game and tips on how to pronounce some of the fun names we come across in sports. And, as time allows, I’ll answer questions from the audience.”

Interested in learning more about the sessions available at the 2019 NCRA Annual Convention & Expo? Visit for the full schedule or to register.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Mary Petto, Senior Director of External Affairs at

* Schedule subject to change