NCRA member recognized with teaching award

Gadsen State Community College, Gadsen, Ala., announced on Dec. 5 that NCRA member Michelle Roberts, CRI, an instructor in the Court Reporting Program on the East Broad Campus, has been awarded the Eugene Prater Exceptional Achievement in Teaching Award.

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Join NCRA in June and you might win a Kindle Fire

Anyone who joins NCRA for the first time in June will be entered into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire.

NCRA member benefits include:

  • A listing* in both the print and online versions of the NCRA Sourcebook
  • A subscription to the JCR magazine and the JCR Weekly online newsletter
  • Access to multiple certification programs with online skills tests designed to make you more money
  • Take advantage of NCRA member discounts for exams and premier events
  • Access discounts for a variety of suppliers, with no cost to sign up, through the NCRA Saving Center
  • Save on NCRA Store items like the RPR Study Guide, a comprehensive guide written by testing experts
  • Stay protected with Mercer insurance, including cyber liability insurance, health insurance, equipment insurance, pet insurance, and errors and omissions insurance
  • Member pricing to can’t-miss networking and educational events at the NCRA Convention & Expo (Aug. 2-5, 2018)

 

 

Parker Burton

New NCRA member and court reporting student wins Kindle

In April, Parker Burton, from Atlanta, Ga., won the drawing for a Kindle Fire 8 by joining NCRA. Burton is a first quarter student at Brown College of Court Reporting in Atlanta, Ga. The JCR reached out to him to learn more about why he is pursuing a career in court reporting and what advice he has for other court reporting and captioning students.

 

JCR | Why did you choose court reporting as a career?

Burton | My initial inspiration of court reporting was from my aunt who was a long-time court reporter who lived in New Orleans, La. However, since being enrolled at Brown College, my current inspirations have been my awesome instructors,  Todd Vansel and Bob Tanner, CRI, who have been guiding me and offering the best advice on improving my skills and helping guide my career paths.

 

JCR | What is your current speed?

Burton | As a first quarter student, my speed at this point is at only about 30 wpm but I am working on it daily to get that up little by little weekly.

 

JCR | What inspired you to join NCRA?

Burton | Very shortly after I started school, I joined NCRA because I am very excited to attend the upcoming convention in my hometown of New Orleans, and to network with other professionals in the field.

 

Joining NCRA is easy and available online at NCRA.org/join. Members can expect to receive their membership card via email within approximately two weeks of renewing if they have a valid email address and have not previously opted out of Constant Contact email messaging.

 

NCRA member Penny Wile profiled in business news

NCRA member Penny Wile, RMR, CRR, Norfolk, Va., owner of Penny Wile Court Reporting, was profiled in an article posted May 21 by Inside Business, The Hampton Roads Business Journal. The article was generated by a press release issued by NCRA about Wile being featured in the May issue of the JCR.

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NCRA member recognized by Rep. Ron Kind

In a speech delivered Feb. 27 on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin recognized NCRA member Ed Johnson, FAPR, RPR, CRR,  the congressional deputy chief reporter, for his professionalism and integrity on the job. Johnson is retiring from his job at the House and returning to his home state of Wisconsin. In addition to thanking and honoring Johnson for his work, Rep. Kind also noted how important and talented court reporters are.

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NCRA member earns Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

In a press release issued Feb. 27, Marquis Who’s Who announced that NCRA Lifetime retired member H. Allen Benowitz, FAPR, RMR (Ret.), has been awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. During his membership, Benowitz served on a number of NCRA committees and is also a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters.

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Menck appointed to fill vacant Board of Directors seat

NCRA’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Karyn Menck, RDR, CRR, CRC, a captioner and agency owner based in Nashville, Tenn., as a Director on the Board. Menck, who’s been an NCRA member since 1985, has served in many capacities for the Tennessee Court Reporters Association, including currently serving on its board. She has also been involved with NCRA committees, including serving as co-chair of the Certified Realtime Captioner Certification Committee. Menck will fill the seat left vacant after Robyn Hennigan, RPR, CRI, resigned earlier this month, and she will serve through the 2018 Convention & Expo in accordance with the Constitution & Bylaws of NCRA. The Nominating Committee will slate a fourth director for a two-year term (to complete the unexpired term of Hennigan) when it announces nominees in 2018.

The JCR Awards recognize innovative business strategies and more

The JCR Awards offer the perfect way to showcase innovative and successful business strategies from the past year. For the third year, the JCR staff is seeking stories that bring to life new and inventive ways that NCRA members change the way they do business, serve their communities, and help promote the professions of court reporting and captioning.

Nominations are currently being sought for several subcategories, such as best-in-class stories for: Marketing and customer service; Leadership, teambuilding, and mentoring; Use of technology; Community outreach; Service in a nonlegal setting; and Court Reporting & Captioning Week (2017) initiative. In addition, NCRA is looking for a group and an individual who show excellence in more than one category for an overall “Best of the Year” award.

Any current NCRA member in good standing, with the exception of students, may be nominated for these awards. Court reporters, captioners, videographers, scopists, teachers and school administrators, and court reporting managers are all eligible for nomination as well as groups, such as firms, courthouses, or court reporting programs. Self-nominations are accepted. More information about specific criteria for each of the categories is available on the JCR Awards Entry Form.

To enter, submit a written entry to the JCR between 300 and 1,000 words explaining the strategies implemented and why they were successful. Ancillary materials, such as photos, may also be submitted with the nomination. Nominations will be considered based on the best fact-based story. Please be prepared to offer documentation, verifiable sources, or other assistance as needed to be considered for these awards. The stories of the finalists will be published as featured articles in the March 2018 issue of the JCR.

Nominations are due by Oct. 31.

Read about the winners from 2017 and 2016.

Local court reporting firm owner elected to NCRA leadership

The Wausau Daily Herald posted a press release on Nov. 25 issued by NCRA announcing that Christine J. Willette, RDR, CRR, CRC, of Wausau, was installed as the Association’s 2016-2017 President-elect in early August during the NCRA Convention & Expo held in Chicago.

NCRA offers chance at Kindle Fire for early membership renewal

By Jennifer Late

Members who renew their NCRA memberships in October are offered an additional enticement: the chance to win a Kindle Fire. Members who renew before Nov. 1 will automatically be entered into the drawing and the winner will be notified by the NCRA membership department.

Members benefit by renewing early. It’s green; less mail to you. It’s clutter-free; fewer reminder emails to your inbox. It’s beneficial; your benefits are not interrupted. Member benefits continue to include:

  • A listing* in both the print and online versions of the NCRA Sourcebook
  • A subscription to the JCR magazine and the JCR Weekly
  • Multiple certification programs with online skills tests designed to make you more money
  • Access to discounted group insurance programs through Mercer for personal liability and errors and omissions
  • Member pricing to can’t-miss networking and educational events at the NCRA Convention & Expo (Aug. 10-13, 2017) and Firm Owners Executive Conference
  • First-class online educational opportunities

Last year’s lucky winner of the early membership renewal Kindle Fire was David E. Preston, a participating member and freelance reporter from Seattle, Wash. “Membership in NCRA has always been important to me as a freelance reporter because the Association fights for our profession in ways I, as a sole proprietor, cannot,” said Preston. “The all-around support I receive from NCRA has been an underpinning of my business, and the Association keeps us relevant as a profession.”

NCRA will continue the early membership renewal drive in November

NCRA members who renew their 2017 memberships in November will be eligible to win an NCRA Online Sourcebook Premium Plus listing for one year. The winner will also be announced in an upcoming issue of the JCR Weekly newsletter.

Renewing is easy and available online at NCRA.org/renew. Members can expect to receive their membership card via email within approximately two weeks of renewing if they have a valid email address and have not previously opted out of Constant Contact email messaging.

Jennifer Late is NCRA’s Membership & Marketing Manager. She can be reached at jlate@ncra.org.

* Registered, Participating, and Associate members are eligible for this benefit.

Fellowship of Academy of Professional Reporters nominations open

fellows1NCRA is currently seeking nominations for its Academy of Professional Reporters. Nominations are due Dec. 15. Fellows represent the pinnacle of excellence among NCRA members. They are individuals who are a credit to the reporting and captioning professions and embody the highest level of professional ethics. Their support of the profession can be seen in their activity in professional associations at the state or national level or through a number of other venues. If you know of such a person who has not been named to the Academy, now is your chance to recognize his or her contributions to the profession. View the full criteria and download a nomination form at NCRA.org/Fellows.