Madison College marks Court Reporting & Captioning Week

The Clarion, the student newspaper for the Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wis., posted an article on Feb. 17 showcasing the college’s court reporting program and the benefits of a career in the field.

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2016 Court Reporting & Captioning Week gains traction in media coverage

Court Reporting & Captioning Week has put a number of NCRA members in the media spotlight, sharing information with viewers and readers about the vast number of opportunities available in the field.

Kicking off the week, Christine Phipps, RPR, owner of Phipps Reporting in West Palm Beach, Fla., was featured in a story aired by CBS affiliate channel 12, while NCRA Past President Nancy Varallo, RDR, CRR, owner of The Varallo Group in Worcester, Mass., joined NCRA member Kathy Silva, RPR, CRR, a freelancer from Andover, Mass., in a story that aired on Mass Appeal.

Appearing in print on behalf of NCRA and the court reporting and captioning professions were NCRA members Donna Cascio, RDR, CMRS, an official court reporter from Somerset, Pa., who was interviewed by the Somerset Daily American, and Melanie Oldham, an official court reporter from Athens, Texas, who was interviewed by the Athens Daily Review. Additional coverage is expected to be generated throughout the week.

NCRA President Steve Zinone, RPR, an official court reporter from Pittsfield, N.Y., joined Tonya Kaiser, RPR, CMRS, a freelance reporter from Fort Wayne and president of the Indiana Court Reporters Association; Susan Gee, RMR, CRR, a freelance reporter from Cincinnati and president-elect of the Ohio Court Reporters Association; and Kathy McHugh, RPR, CRR, a freelance reporter from Philadelphia and president of the Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association in a panel discussion at the College of Court Reporting, in Hobart, Ind., on Feb. 15. The discussion, which took place online via the college’s Blackboard Collaborate, was hosted by CCR President Jeff Moody. More than 30 participants joined the discussion to hear what the panelists had to say about the greatest challenges they faced in court reporting school and how they overcame them, as well as how they were motivated to become leaders within their associations, the benefits of membership at the state and local levels, and the importance of certification. The hour-long session was recorded and can be heard here.

On Feb. 17, Zinone will visit Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, where he will address students and faculty at the court reporting program. He is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at 2:30 p.m. ET which can be accessed via the college’s Smart TV channel online.

Official proclamations recognizing 2016 Court Reporting & Captioning Week from state and local lawmakers continue to be reported. To date, the following states have reported official proclamations: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. Local proclamations have also been issued in Miami-Date County, Fla.; Johnson County, Kan.; Louisville, Ky.; Eugene, Ore.; and San Antonio, Texas.

Below are some of the latest activities happening during the week around the nation:

  • The New York State Court Reporters Association will host a variety of events during the week including meet and greets throughout the state.
  • Members of the Texas Court Reporters Association are will host a number of Veterans History Project events throughout the state.
  • The Hawaii Court Reporters and Captioners Association has encouraged members to display the official 2016 Court Reporting & Captioning Week logo on their social media sites, hang posters at courthouses showcasing the event, and reach out to state and local lawmakers to remind them of the week.
  • Members of the Oregon Court Reporters Association will participate in a number of meetings with lawmakers and advocacy groups to bring awareness to the court reporting and captioning professions.

For a complete list of activities happening to mark the 2016 Court Reporting & Captioning Week, visit For more information, visit Career information about the court reporting profession — one of the leading career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree — can be found at


Madison College celebrates Court Reporting & Captioning Week

Isthmus, an independent, locally owned news source based in Madison, Wis., posted a news release on Feb. 10 announcing an event being hosted by representatives and students from the court reporting program at Madison College to celebrate 2016 Court Reporting & Captioning Week, taking place in Feb. 14-20.

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DMACC to hold two information sessions about court reporting

The Newton Daily News reported on Feb. 5 that the Des Moines Area Community College Newton campus is hosting two information sessions for those interested in learning more about the in-demand career of court reporting. DMACC Newton campus offers Iowa’s only court reporting program. The sessions are being held during the 2016 Court Reporting & Captioning Week taking place Feb. 14-20.

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Captioning grant available to NC State faculty

On Jan. 21, North Carolina State University posted on its blog that it has established a captioning grant to assist faculty in creating accessible videos. The grant provides funds for faculty to obtain captions for instructional videos used in their online, blended, and face-to-face courses. In addition to providing content to people who are hard of hearing, captions create a learning environment that supports Universal Design for Learning.

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Court reporting program and profession featured on local TV station

On Dec. 23, 2015, station KCWI 23 aired a feature story about the court reporting and captioning professions and showcased the program offered at Des Moines Area Community College. Interviewed in the piece were Patricia Ziegler, chair of DMACC’s court reporting department; NCRA member Tanya Gerke, RMR, CRR, an official court reporter from State Center, Iowa; and Rachel Ellefson, a court reporting student at DMACC. Ellefson is the daughter of NCRA member Brenda Ellefson, RMR, an official court reporter from Marshalltown, Iowa.

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Bryan University profiles NCRA member and instructor

On Sept. 14, the Bryan University website featured an article spotlighting Madelyn Jones, CRI, a member of its court reporting faculty. Jones said she was drawn to court reporting after accompanying her mother, a Greek interpreter for the San Diego Superior Court, to a court proceeding.

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Court reporting showcased as lucrative career

On May 21, The Eldorado Success, San Angelo, Calif., ran an article showcasing court reporting as a lucrative career choice and an alternative to a four-year degree. The article notes that graduates from court reporting schools typically have much lower student debt.

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Promoting steno

By Paulette Cox

The cafegymatorium at School 4 in Winslow Township, N.J., came alive on May 21 — no, not for gym or lunch, but for its third annual Career and College Fair.

According to the organizers, Vice Principal Kevin Collison and Guidance Counselor Laura Duca, the purpose of this day was to expose students to the many career options available to them.

Thirty different professionals, including myself, a court reporter, were present. The students were amazed at seeing the words they spoke appear instantaneously on the computer screen. Then after a pause, the word that came out was “cool” and then the questions came rolling, “How did you do that?  How do you know what keys to strike?”

Since keyboarding is being taught at the elementary level now, most of them understood the term home keys, so I showed them what that looks like all in one stroke, did their ABCs, and one two three for the younger ones.

Best of all, Mark Kislingbury, RDR, CRR, who holds the Guinness World Record as the fastest writer, sent them a videotaped message on what he had to do to become the world record holder. Veritext also provided goodies for the students. A very special thanks to them for their support.

More than 500 students received the opportunity to learn a little about our profession, so hopefully some will decide on this as a career in the future.

Other professions also wandered over to see and talk.


Paulette Cox, a court reporter from Sicklerville, N.J., can be reached at

Court reporting program is more than just learning to type

The Campus Chronicle, which is produced by students for the Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny Campus, ran an article on Dec. 8 showcasing the school’s new court reporting program launched in August at its Newton Campus. The article quotes Dr. Patricia Zielger, the program’s professor and chair, about what it takes to become a court reporter, as well as an industry outlook report released by NCRA in August.

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