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Reminder: Registration for INTERSTENO Internet Keyboarding Competition closes April 22

Registration for Intersteno’s 2018 Internet Keyboarding Competition being held April 23 through May 9 via its website closes April 22. The online competition allows steno machine writers and other keyboarders to test their skills and find out how they rate worldwide. NCRA members who place in the contest will be listed in upcoming issues of the JCR and JCR Weekly.

Competitors will use the Taki software, which is a free download on the Intersteno website, and can participate on a day of their own choosing between April 23 and May 9. It’s up to the individual to decide how they want to enter the competition.

Court reporting programs can register groups of students and host a competition for a class or entire school in conjunction with the event. Court reporting students who are interested in participating should contact their instructor about registering.

For more information about the competition or to register as an individual contestant, contact NCRA at intersteno@ncra.org.

More information on the contest is available at Intersteno.org.

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INTERSTENO: Registration for Internet Keyboarding Competition closes April 22

Intersteno’s 2018 Internet Keyboarding Competition being held April 23 through May 9 via its website allows steno machine writers and other keyboarders to test their skills and find out how they rate worldwide. Registration for Intersteno’s Internet Keyboarding Competition closes April 22. NCRA members who place in the contest will be listed in upcoming issues of the JCR and JCR Weekly.

“Please participate. It’s fun and only 10 minutes of your time,” said Tori Pittman, FAPR, RDR CRI, a longtime participant of the contest and chair of NCRA’s Intersteno Task Force. “You can write in steno or just type on a 101-key standard keyboard.”

Pittman is a 2017 Intersteno Bronze Medalist in the category of overall Speech Capture and a three-time Intersteno Gold Medalist in the category of voice Speech Capture. She is a freelance court reporter and agency owner from Wake Forest, N.C.

Competitors will use the Taki software, which is a free download on the Intersteno website, and can participate on a day of their own choosing between April 23 and May 9. It’s up to the individual to decide how they want to enter the competition.

Court reporting programs can register groups of students and host a competition for a class or entire school in conjunction with the event. Court reporting students who are interested in participating should contact their instructor about registering.

For more information about the competition or to register as an individual contestant, contact NCRA at intersteno@ncra.org.

More information on the contest is available at Intersteno.org.

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Get a taste of international competition without leaving your office

NCRA’s Intersteno Task Force interviews the winners of the Intersteno Internet Keyboarding Contest

 

INTERSTENO: Internet keyboarding competition showcases ability around the world

Intersteno’s Internet Keyboarding Competition, held April 23 through May 9 via its website, allows steno machine writers and other keyboarders to test their skills and find out how they rate worldwide. Registration for Intersteno’s Internet Keyboarding Competition is open from March 19 through April 22. NCRA members who place in the contest will be listed in upcoming issues of the JCR and JCR Weekly.

Competitors will use the Taki software, which is a free download on the Intersteno website, and can participate on a day of their own choosing between April 23 and May 9. It’s up to the individual to decide how they want to enter the contest — whether using a steno machine or a regular keyboard.

Court reporting programs can register groups of students and host a competition for a class or entire school in conjunction with the event. Court reporting students who are interested in participating should contact their instructors about registering.

To enter, competitors should provide the following information:

  1. full name and address
  2. year of birth
  3. technology to be used (keyboard, stenotype machine)
  4. language: choose mother-tongue or multilingual
  5. the date they plan to take the test

Send the above information to intersteno@ncra.org. The cost of the contest in U.S. dollars is:

■ $6 for participation only in the mother tongue
■ $8 for competitors writing in two or more languages

Checks must be received by NCRA no later than April 22. Participants will be registered once the check is received. Checks should be made payable to NCRA and mailed to:

NCRA
Attention: Internet Competition
12030 Sunrise Valley Dr., Suite 400
Reston, VA 20191

More information on the contest is available at intersteno.org/intersteno-internet-contests.

Kislingbury tops list of Intersteno internet keyboarding contest

Intersteno logo -- a globe spinning on a pencil as an axisMark Kislingbury, FAPR, RDR, CRR, of Houston, Texas, placed first in Intersteno’s Internet Keyboarding Competition, held April 17 through May 9 via its website, in the single language category. Kislingbury recorded a total of 9,200 strokes with only 15 errors total. The second-place winner made 7,357 strokes.

The keyboarding competition consists of writing by machine or typing by keyboard as many words as possible of a selection provided visually on the screen. As part of the format of the contest, the text is automatically entered into an online computer program, which matches the original text against what the competitor entered for scoring.

In the Seniors section, Tori Pittman, FAPR, RDR, CRI, of Wake Forest, N.C., placed 72, and Donna Linton, RMR, of Ashburn, Va., placed 84, The Seniors section includes any competitor over the age of 21. Pitman is also chair of NCRA’s Intersteno Task Force.

INTERSTENO: Demystifying the Intersteno Speech Capturing Competition

By Laura P. Brewer

Are you curious about the Intersteno speed competition (referred to as Speech Capturing at Intersteno), but your eyes glaze over when people start talking about four-point versus one-point penalties; sections A, B, and C; incremental speed increases; testing strategy; and tables for syllables per minute in seven different languages?

Take heart — you are not the only one who gets confused! But don’t let that stop you from participating in something that just might be the highlight of your career. Attending an Intersteno conference and competing in one or more of the competitions is a rewarding and fun experience like no other, and it provides an opportunity to travel to interesting destinations and meet people from around the world who are excited and enthusiastic about stenography.

Next summer – July 2017 – the Intersteno conference will be in Berlin, an interesting and vibrant city with convenient air connections from most major U.S. cities. English is widely spoken in Germany, and German cities are modern, safe, and interesting, making them ideal tourist and business destinations. Team USA is looking for reporters who are interested in joining the American contingent at the Olympics of court reporting, and we would love to see you.

At its core, Intersteno’s Speech Capturing competition is a speed competition, most similar to the literary portion of the annual NCRA Speed Contest. The table below contrasts Intersteno’s Speech Capturing competition with NCRA’s Speed Contest.

Intersteno Speech Capturing Competition NCRA Speed Contest
Length 3 5-minute segments, dictated as one 15-minute take with a pause at the conclusion of minute 5 and minute 10 3 5-minute segments, dictated as separate takes
Speed Literary material (United Nations or European Commission texts)

 

Speed is by syllable count and increases every minute

 

Section C

Slowest speeds

From roughly 92-132 wpm

 

Section B

Moderate speeds

From roughly 144-192 wpm

 

Section C

Fastest speeds

From roughly 205-258 wpm

 

Literary: 220 wpm

Legal Opinion: 230 wpm

Testimony: 280 wpm

 

Speed is word count, not adjusted for syllabic density, so the difficulty can vary depending on the word density of the text.

Rules Rules subject to change before each Intersteno Congress Rules generally remain the same from one year to the next
Errors

Penalties

 

Intersteno weights errors by their significance (Intersteno calls them “penalties”):

 

-4 points – Any error that changes the meaning of the sentence; the first word of a drop.

 

-1 point – All other errors or subsequent words in a drop.

 

-Repeated errors counted only once.

Same guidelines as RPR “What is an error?”

 

-1 point – each error

 

Scoring and Maximum Penalties allowed Sections graded in three-minute segments. For each three-minute segment passed, the grading continues to the next segment. Contestants need only turn in the highest completed section (C, B, or A).

 

Allowed errors range from -24 points to -57 points per three-minute segment as you progress from the slowest to the fastest dictation.

 

 

 

95 percent accuracy required to qualify. Contestants must qualify on all three sections in order to hold a place in the overall rankings. Each 5-minute segment is graded and scored individually, then an overall score is calculated averaging the three takes:

 

Literary – 55 errors

Legal Opinion – 58 errors

Testimony – 70 errors

Time to transcribe 150 minutes 90 minutes per section
Form of dictation Recorded Live
Minimum Accuracy to Qualify or Pass 92%. (Note that some errors are -4 points.) Successful competitors must turn in at least one complete section (C, B, or A) and pass the first three minutes. 95%. To qualify overall, each take must have 95% or greater accuracy.

Join Team USA in Berlin and try your hand at international competition. The spirit and camaraderie are phenomenal and really enhance the experience. Intersteno provides a unique opportunity to get to know your colleagues better in a fun atmosphere.

Team USA participation in Intersteno includes:

  • NCRA member Russell Page is a Washington, D.C.,–area reporter and Intersteno board member who will be the proctor for English contestants for the Speech Capturing Competition in Berlin.
  • NCRA member and long-time Intersteno volunteer Linda Drake, of Savannah, Ga, is on the Intersteno Jury and will be in charge of the Realtime Competition in Berlin.
  • NCRA’s Intersteno Committee, comprising Tori Pittman, RDR, CRI, (chair), Russell Page, Linda Drake, Kelly Linkowski, RPR, CRR, CRC, CPE, and Laura Brewer, RDR, CRR, CRC, will also attend

And we hope to see you.

Laura P. Brewer, RDR, CRR, CRC, is a CART captioner in Los Altos, Calif. She can be reached at lauraquicktext@gmail.com.

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INTERSTENO: Registration for Internet Keyboarding Competition closes April 16

Last chance to register for Intersteno’s Internet Keyboarding Competition and find out how your keyboarding skills rate around the world

Intersteno’s Internet Keyboarding Competition, held April 17 through May 9 via its website, allows steno machine writers and other keyboarders to test their skills and find out how they rate worldwide. Registration for Intersteno’s Internet Keyboarding Competition closes April 16. NCRA members who place in the contest will be listed in upcoming issues of the JCR and JCR Weekly.

“I really enjoyed competing in the Intersteno Internet contest,” says Mark Kislingbury, RDR, CRR, who participated for the first time in 2016. Kislingbury is a past NCRA Speed and Realtime Contest winner. “It was a completely new experience, learning to write realtime while reading from text (as opposed to hearing it dictated). It’s very challenging and certainly takes practice. The practice section of the website was very good, so I could practice a lot until I decided to take my test when I felt ready.”

“The Internet Competition will whet your appetite to participate in Intersteno,” says Tori Pittman, RDR, CRI, Chair of NCRA’s Intersteno Task Force.

Competitors will use the Taki software, which is a free download on the Intersteno website, and can participate on a day of their own choosing between April 1 and May 9. It’s up to the individual to decide how they want to enter the contest — whether using a steno machine or a regular keyboard.

“It was really nice seeing so many competitors around the world using mostly a computer keyboard and how amazingly fast they were,” said Kislingbury. “I hope to compete again this year and significantly increase my characters per minute.”

Court reporting programs can register groups of student and host a competition for a class or entire school in conjunction with the event. Court reporting students who are interested in participating should contact their instructor about registering.

To enter, competitors should provide the following information: 1) full name and address; 2) year of birth; 3) technology to be used (keyboard, stenotype machine); 4) language: choose mother-tongue or multilingual; and 5) the date they plan to take the test to intersteno@ncra.org. The cost of the contest in U.S. dollars is:

  • $6 for participation only in the mother tongue
  • $8 for competitors writing in two or more languages

Checks must be received by NCRA no later than April 14. Participants will be registered once the check is received. Checks should be made payable to NCRA and mailed to:

NCRA
Attention: Internet Competition
12030 Sunrise Valley Dr., Suite 400
Reston, VA 20191

More information on the contest is available at intersteno.org/intersteno-internet-contests/.

 

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INTERSTENO: Top of the world

Register for Intersteno’s Internet Keyboarding Competition to see how your keyboarding skills compare around the world

Intersteno’s Internet Keyboarding Competition, held April 17 through May 9 via its website, allows steno machine writers and other keyboarders to test their skills and find out how they rank worldwide. Registration for Intersteno’s Internet Keyboarding Competition is open from March 19-April 16.

“The Internet Competition will whet your appetite to participate in Intersteno,” says Tori Pittman, RDR, CRI, Chair of NCRA’s Intersteno Task Force. “As a first step, you can take 10 minutes of your time and either type or steno stroke your way into international waters. Before your actual assigned time, a visit to the Intersteno practice site is important so you can be sure how it will work with your computer and keyboard/steno machine. Then it’s ready, set, go!”

Competitors will be using the Taki software, which is a free download from the Intersteno website, and can participate on a day of their own choosing between April 17 and May 9. It’s up to the individual to decide how they want to enter the contest — whether using a steno machine or a regular keyboard.

Court reporting programs can register groups of student and host a competition for a class or entire school in conjunction with the event. Court reporting students who are interested in participating should contact their instructor about registering.

“After you’ve done the Internet Competition and gotten your feedback, you will be inspired to research the Congress coming up this summer,” says Pittman. “Many opportunities for competition, education, and exploration await. All it takes is that first step and you’ll be hooked!”

To enter the Internet keyboarding contest, competitors should provide the following information: 1) full name and address; 2) year of birth; 3) technology to be used (keyboard, stenotype machine); 4) language: mother-tongue or multilingual; and 5) the date they plan to take the test to intersteno@ncra.org. The cost of the contest in U.S. dollars is:

  • $6 for participation only in the mother tongue
  • $8 for competitors writing in two or more languages

Checks must be received by NCRA no later than April 14. Participants will be registered once the check is received. Checks should be made payable to NCRA and mailed to:

NCRA
Attention: Internet Competition
12030 Sunrise Valley Dr., Suite 400
Reston, VA 20191

More information on the contest is available at intersteno.org/intersteno-internet-contests/.

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Registration for Internet Keyboarding Competition closes April 16

 

INTERSTENO: Get a taste of international competition without leaving your office

By Kelly Linkowski

Intersteno’s 15th edition of the International Keyboarding Championship by Internet will take place April 17 through May 9. Each year, the numbers of international participants has increased, starting with 262 competitors 15 years ago to more than 1,700 last year. The Internet contest is a great way to test your own skills and may whet your appetite to travel to Berlin for the 51st Intersteno Congress, July 22-28.

NCRA will publish more news on how to register for the Intersteno competition in an upcoming JCR WeeklyRegistration for Internet Keyboarding Competition closes April 16, so sign up soon.

Competitors can use a variety of methods for inputting straight copy during the contest. I use my steno machine (aka Jamie) with the keyboard macro in Eclipse to compete. Intersteno provides a Taki download on your computer that displays text, so I was typing what I read. Take time before the test to familiarize yourselves with the competition system at intersteno.org/intersteno-internet-contests/training-with-taki-version/. Only one shot per language is allowed, so work out any bugs beforehand! For my fellow American writers, the English text does not include double spaces after full stops; this is considered an error, and believe me, they can add up!

Reporters are commonly life-long learners; we expect the best of ourselves and we consistently improve our skills no matter how many years we’ve been at our machines. Even when competitors miss only one word in a dictation, you won’t hear “that was near perfect” but “next time, I’ll write it this way.”

As you seek to be the best writer you can be, you won’t be disappointed in the Internet competition. I look forward to competing with you in April!

Kelly Linkowski, RPR, CRR, CRC, CPE, is a broadcast captioner based in Rittman, Ohio. She can be reached at klinkowski@neo.rr.com. Linkowski is a member of NCRA’s Intersteno Task Force and a past participant in Intersteno’s Internet Contests.

Learn more about the contests.

Registration for Internet Keyboarding Competition closes April 16

GOING GLOBAL: Preparing for the Intersteno contests

By John Wissenbach

See how you’d fare in an Intersteno competition by going to intersteno.org/competition-texts-2015/ and trying your hand at the actual dictation from last year’s speech capturing (speed) and realtime contests. You’ll notice the dictation has a parliamentary flavor to it, which is perhaps not surprising given the number of Intersteno members who work in the parliaments of the world.

If you want to compete, EuroparlTV is a great source of dictation practice. There you will be able to access video from the various committee meetings of the European Parliament. Many of the speeches are very interesting, on leading issues of the day, and offer a great source of material for training the brain to deal with a wide variety of accents and names.

Here is some of the vocabulary you may encounter:

abstentions = STWEPBGSZ

accession = KREFGS

asylum = SKWHR-PL

Baltic = PWHR-LGT

Brussels = PWRUFLS

chargé d’affaires = CH-FRD

climate change = KHR-LGT

Council of Europe = KWURP

European Commission = KWR-RPGS

European Council = KPWRUFRL

European Parliament = KWRAERPLT

European Union = KPWRURPB

Europol = KWHRAOURP

GMOs = TKPWO*PLS

harmonization = HAORGS

Juncker = *RPBG

Madam Chair = KPWHR-FPD

Madam Chairman = KPWHR-FPLD

member states = PHRERBTS

migrants = PWH-RNTS

parliamentary = PLAERPLT

plenary = PHRERPB

private sector = PRAOIFBG

public sector = PRUFBG

radicalization = WHRAFGS

rapporteur = WRAORPT

Roma = WRAO*M

Schengen = SWH-PBG

shadow rapporteur = SHAORPT

Strasbourg = STROUG

subsidiarity = STKART

trialogue = TWHROG

visas = TPWAOESZ

 

John Wissenbach,, RDR, CRR, CRC, is a freelance reporter in San Francisco, Calif. He has competed in several Intersteno Contests. He can be reached at john@wissenbach.com.

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NCRA’s Intersteno Task Force interviews the winners of the Intersteno Internet Keyboarding Contest

Image from Intersteno

The top three Americans to place in the English as a mother tongue group of the Intersteno Internet Keyboarding Contest, which was held April 11 to May 2, were Sean Wrona, who placed first; Mark Kislingbury, who placed third; and Jelani Nelson, who placed fourth. Wrona’s total word count was 8237 with only seven errors. Kislingbury finished with a total of 8196 words with 20 errors.  Nelson ended with 7156 words and seven errors. NCRA’s Intersteno Task Force reached out to ask these three individuals questions about their participation and training.

Cela Askin of Turkey placed second in this category.

 

Sean Wrona, a captioning assistant from Syracuse, N.Y.

How did you develop your skills at typing/steno?

I taught myself to touch-type when I was about three years old on the old DOS program CPT Personal Touch-Typing. I attained a high speed of 83 wpm (415 cpm) at age six and 108 wpm (540 cpm) at age 10, which was faster than any of the other students or teachers at my elementary school.

What attracted you to competing at this level?

I always knew I could type quickly, but I discovered competitive typing by accident in the spring of 2008 while in grad school. My high school classmate was using the Facebook Typing Speed application, and it appeared in one of his status updates. I did a few 30-second races most days for the next few months and was rather startled to discover that I was consistently 20 wpm (100 cpm) faster than almost all the other users, with the primary exception of Jelani Nelson. Eventually, over the next year and a half, I started receiving private messages from people in the established competitive typing community inviting me to other sites.

Is this something that you do for fun, or is it useful in your work?

There are few jobs in the United States for which typing is the most important aspect to the job. Almost all typing jobs in the United States would rather you have great phone skills and mediocre typing skills than the other way around. While there are some data-entry jobs that just involve typing, they are fading fast and usually do not pay well. It can be useful in my recreational projects, but it isn’t very useful in most jobs here, as almost always other aspects of the job will be more important. It can help you to write quickly enough so you can keep up with your thoughts and not lose your train of thought when you are writing something, but that’s about it.

How did you hear about the Intersteno Internet Competition? How many years have you competed in this competition?

The Intersteno contest was frequently discussed on the forums of the competitive typing website Typing Zone, particularly by earlier champion Yifei “Dan” Chen, who I largely credit with introducing me to the game. He also helped me set up the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator so that I could more easily type the accented characters that are not used in English.

What made you decide to participate?

While I was underemployed/unemployed for much of 2009 and 2010, I had a lot of time on my hands, so when I discovered how unusual my typing talent was, I began visiting pretty much all the competitive typing websites I could find and setting records on most of them, although I am much less obsessed today.

What keyboard did you use?

In most years I used a Das Keyboard after winning one in the Ultimate Typing Championship. However, the Das wore out somewhat this year, and I bought a cheaper Logitech this particular year, but almost all other years, I used a Das.

Did you notice anything that was specifically challenging during the testing time?

I have done so many typing tests at this point that they have become second nature, and endurance typing suits me because I lose a lot less speed than most other typists as the length of a text increases. I find typing over very short intervals in an attempt to set peak speed records to be much more stressful than casually typing at a steady rate of speed over a ten-minute period as in Intersteno.

Were you happy with your result?

Yes.

 

Mark Kislingbury, RDR, CRR, a court reporter from Houston, Texas

How did you develop your skills at typing/steno?

I worked from the beginning of my career on building a strong, realtime-ready dictionary. For much of my career I have shortened my writing by inventing/adopting briefs for words and phrases. By competing in speed contests and world-record events, I have pushed my speed, continually trying to improve.

What attracted you to competing at this level?

I was invited by NCRA to compete in the Intersteno Internet competition, which I didn’t realize existed. It was a very good experience and applying this skill in a way I have never done before: trying to replicate written text exactly.

Is this something that you do for fun, or is it useful in your work?

For me it was for fun and personal growth.

What made you decide to participate?

It seemed fun and interesting to be put into competition with people who use regular computer keyboards. Seems that we could call this MKA, or mixed keyboard arts.

What keyboard did you use?

I used what Intersteno calls a chorded keyboard, which of course is the steno machine keyboard invented by Ward Stone Ireland.

Did you notice anything that was specifically challenging during the testing time?

The software I used to write into the Taki input app would sometimes put an extra space, which would cost errors that I could not prevent.

Were you happy with your result?

Very. I have no doubt that I can improve on my score significantly, with practice.

Any other comments?

Congrats to Sean Wrona for a truly stupendous first-place performance; he is truly the Wizard of Typing and untouched world champion of the computer keyboard. I thank NCRA for inviting me to compete; had they not done so, I would not have even heard about it.

 

Jelani Nelson, a computer science professor from Cambridge, Mass.

How did you develop your skills at typing?

I started learning piano at 7 and playing video games at 4. That helped finger speed. I then learned proper typing technique starting at age 12, using Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing.

What attracted you to competing at speed typing?

I first started getting into it via the website typera.tk (my username there is Minilek).

Is this something that you do for fun, or is it useful in your work?

I do have to type quite a bit at work (emails, writing up papers, etc.), so it does help with work.

How did you hear about the Intersteno Internet Competition?

From fellow typists at typingzone.com.

What made you decide to participate?

I enjoy competition, and I enjoy opportunities to hone my typing skill.

What keyboard did you use?

Das keyboard.

Did you notice anything that was specifically challenging during the testing time?

Nothing specific.

Were you happy with your result?

Yes.