Queens School looks to end nationwide court stenographer shortage

New York CBSlocal.com posted an article on May 16 that quotes NCRA member Karen Santucci, CRI, director of Plaza College’s court reporting program, about the school’s efforts to help end the nationwide court reporter shortage.

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Setting the record straight on women in court reporting

On March 26, Law360 posted an article in honor of Women’s History Month authored by NCRA member Karen Santucci, CRI, chair of the court reporting program at Plaza College, Queens, N.Y., and vice president of the New York State Court Reporters Association, about the important roles women court reporters play in the American judicial system.

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National Court Reporting Week recognizes the fastest fingers in New York

On Feb. 15, the Queens Daily Eagle posted an article that quotes NCRA member Karen Santucci, CRI, court reporting program chair at Plaza College in Queens, N.Y.

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Queens court reporting students compete for speed and accuracy in contest to prepare for jobs

s4story.com posted an article on Feb. 15 about students from Plaza College in Queens, N.Y., showcasing their court reporting skills as they competed in the 2019 National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) Student Speed Contest.

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Blog interviews curator of Gallery of Shorthand

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyA blog on the Brooks Court Reporting website included an interview with NCRA member Dom Tursi, the creator and director of the Gallery of Shorthand. The gallery, which houses exhibits explaining the history of court reporting, is located in the Alfonse M. D’Amato Federal Courthouse in Central Islip, N.Y.

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NCRA member named Employee of the Year at Brooklyn Supreme Court

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyThe Brooklyn Daily Eagle (N.Y.) reported on Oct. 6 that NCRA member and senior court reporter Enika Bodnar, RPR, CRI, was named the Employee of the Year at the Brooklyn Supreme Court. Bodnar has been working in the court system since July 1996 and started at Brooklyn Supreme Court in March 2007.

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New committee aims to promote court access for people with disabilities

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyA Sept. 26 press release by the Hon. Lawrence K. Marks, chief administrative judge of the New York State Unified Court System, announced the formation of the Advisory Committee on Access for People with Disabilities. The committee is charged with “developing an action plan to improve access to the New York State courts for all persons, including those with visual, hearing, communication, mobility, cognitive and other disabilities.”

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City council passes ordinance for closed captioning

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyOn Sept. 22, the Rochester Business Journal reported that the Rochester (N.Y.) City Council has approved an ordinance that will require any business that provides television access to patrons to use the closed-captioning option.

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NCRA member in local media for A to Z program

Good Morning Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., aired a piece on Sept. 19 that featured NCRA Director Meredith A. Bonn, RPR, an official court reporter from Webster. The story highlighted what Bonn does as well as emphasized the current need for court reporters and captioners. A second story that also featured Bonn provided insight into what it takes to enter the profession and included information about the A to Z programs she leads in her area.








NCRA’s A to Z Intro to Machine Shorthand program sparks media interest

NCRA's Discover Steno: Explore. Consider. Learn

NCRA’s A to Z Intro to Machine Shorthand program, introduced last year, is steadily gaining interest by the public and the media. In addition to programs in more than 16 states, most recently media outlets in New York and Wisconsin highlighted the effort.

Good Morning Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., aired a piece on Sept. 19 that featured NCRA Director Meredith A. Bonn, RPR, an official court reporter from Webster. The story highlighted what Bonn does as well as emphasized the current need for court reporters and captioners. A second story that also featured Bonn provided insight into what it takes to enter the profession and included information about the A to Z programs she leads in her area.

On Sept. 14, WJFW Newswatch 12, Rhinelander, Wis., showcased NCRA member Lynn Penfield, RPR, CRR, an official court reporter from Harshaw, who will begin an A to Z program in October. The story notes that Penfield is running the program because she “considers [court reporting] the best job she’s ever had, and she wants to get more people interested in her field.”

NCRA Past President Nancy Varallo, FAPR, RDR, CRR, Worcester, Mass., developed the A to Z program to help those outside the profession experience steno by learning to write the basics. She graciously turned the program over to NCRA. Since then, NCRA’s Education Department has successfully worked at the grassroots level to promote the effort.

The six-to-eight week course is available at no cost to participants. Volunteer leaders host the sessions, and participants use loaner machines that have been donated by others in the profession.

To learn more about the A to Z Intro to Machine Steno program, visit TheJCR.com/tag/a-to-z-program, or contact Cynthia Bruce Andrews at candrews@ncra.org.