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There’s so much to celebrate in 2024

2024 will be a year of celebration! This year marks NCRA’s 125th anniversary, and the history of the Association and the expansion and growth of the stenographic court reporting and captioning professions will be highlighted during the next 12 months.

Founded in 1899 as the National Shorthand Reporters Association, the organization was renamed in 1990 to the National Court Reporters Association. Throughout the years other changes have included moving from pen writers to the steno machine, the introduction of new technology to aid in providing realtime, the offering of captioning and CART services, the addition of new certifications, programming, and more.

Celebrating our quasquicentennial

During the next 12 months, those and other accomplishments will be showcased, not only in the JCR print magazine, but also in the JCR Weekly and in conjunction with Court Reporting & Captioning Week happening Feb. 3-10, Volunteer Month in April, Celebrate Certification Month in May, and more.

“Celebrating our 125th, our quasquicentennial anniversary, is a monumental mark in history. NCRA celebrating 125 wonderful years of existence is a true testament to the important role stenographic reporters play in the judicial and captioning venues where capturing the spoken word is a vital skill that involves dexterity and precision,” said NCRA President Kristin M. Anderson, M.A., RPR, FCRR, an official court reporter from Denton, Texas.

“It also reflects the expansion and growth of the profession from yesterday’s pen writers to the skills of today’s realtime writers who stream text instantaneously in the legal setting and who provide communication access of the spoken word to those in the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities,” she added.

A special 125th Anniversary commemorative logo has been developed to recognize the event and will be incorporated into all marketing and communications materials produced throughout 2024. The logo includes the tagline “Celebrating 125 years of accuracy and integrity.”

The 125th Anniversary logo will be made available to NCRA members, state affiliates, schools, and others via a downloadable file on a special resources page. The page will also feature links to important stories and feature articles from past issues of the JCR print magazine.

“I know that collectively we embrace that this profession will continue to thrive as our unique set of skills continues to be recognized as ingenuity that cannot be replaced by other means of capturing the spoken word so accurately,” Anderson added.