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Social media highlights from #CRCW2021

It has been a busy week on social media! Videos and pictures have helped spread the word about the opportunities in court reporting and captioning.

Chelsey Fafard and Mandy Sweet-Coulter of Calgary, Canada, put a video together to help the Alberta Shorthand Reporters Association celebrate CR&CW.

“A group of us court reporters from Alberta, Canada, decided to gather clips from members of our association and friends, put it together to a song re-worked in 2015 by Janice Plomp, a current NAIT instructor, and post it on as many platforms as we could to show our love for the job,” Sweet-Coulter said.

The clips contain captioners, reporters, scopists, proofers, CART providers, and two students.

Sweet-Coulter said almost every person in the video is a NAIT alumni.

Lindsay Stoker, RPR, CRC, is featured in this video from the California Court Reporters Association talking about her career.

Vanessa Stanton, a captioner in Vancouver, Wash., has been posting on TikTok during #CRCW2021. One of the posts features Karla Ray, RDR, CRR, CRC, CRI.

NCRA Secretary-Treasurer Kristin Anderson, RPR, an official court reporter for Bexar County Civil District Court in San Antonio, Texas, was featured in this video.

Dominic, 7, was featured in a post by his mom, Shacara Mapp, a freelancer and CART Captioner in Sterling Heights, Mich. She said he loves using her machine and is obsessed with stenography.

Although it didn’t involve a court reporter, this video of a lawyer who couldn’t figure out how to turn off a cat filter did grab everyone’s attention on social media. If you feel inspired, here is how you can use a filter in your next video call.

Tiffany Pino Newell, RPR, was recognized by Judge Toni Wallace, the presiding judge for the County Court at Law Number Four in Fort Bend County, Texas, where Newell is the official court reporter.

Judge Wallace posted on Facebook, “We couldn’t end the week without celebrating our very special court reporter Tiffany Newell. This week is Court Reporting & Captioning Week, so it gives us a great reason to let Tiffany know how much we appreciate her. Tiffany brings an energy and spirit that  brightens the courtroom. She’s a vital part of Court 4’s success. She works hard, plays hard and loves all things Denver Broncos! We love Tiffany and her steno! #CRCW2021 #BecauseEveryWordCounts”

“I’m on cloud 9!” Newell said about the post. “We don’t get too many accolades. So this was just amazing!”

A collage made by Chris DeGrazio, a freelance reporter in Fort Pierce, Fla., has been shared many times.

“I thought of the idea in Zoom,” DeGrazio said. “I host two daily Zoom practice sessions (when I’m not working) and my colleague Taylor Maldonado asked our group chat in Facebook messenger what we were doing for court reporting & captioning week. So I discussed it with her in Zoom and the idea organically came to me.”

There is still time to join the social media fun! Go to the NCRA #CRCW2021 resource page and use the posts, Facebook profile frames, Zoom backgrounds, and more. Tell the story of why you love your profession because “All you need is love and steno.”

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