New York Times features captioner in Vocations column

The May 31 New York Times interviewed captioner Karla Ray, RMR, CRR, CBC, as part of its Vocations column, a recurring feature that asks people about their jobs. Ray, who lives in Des Moines, Iowa, works as a realtime broadcast captioner for Vitac.

“Captioning is a bit like a musician playing ‘Flight of the Bumblebee,’” Ray told the Times. “Just as that person has to play each note accurately and extremely fast to get it right, we need to capture every word and, when possible, music lyrics or background sounds — at very high speeds.”

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New York Times drops hyphen in email, lowercases website

The New York Times style guide dropped the hyphen from “email” and lowercased and closed-up “website,” according to articles in the AtlanticWire and These changes entered the newspaper’s stylebook on Oct. 21, 2013, and show how language shifts over time.