“Take Note,” Court Reporters!

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The new ‘Fresh Perspectives’ rack cards.Image from crtakenote.com.

The National Court Reporters Association recently launched its 2016-2017 ‘Take Note’ Challenge. The competition started on August 8th and will run through February 18th, 2017. The friendly challenge invites state court reporting associations and individuals to help spread the word about careers in court reporting and captioning. Career fairs and realtime demonstrations at high schools are just two examples of how to join in on the challenge. Anyone that is participating in an event that showcases court reporting or captioning can register the event on the National Committee of State Associations (NCSA) registration site and will be automatically entered in the contest. There are multiple prizes, and the prizes are tiered. The grand prize is a free registration to the 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo in July 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a part of the campaign, the NCRA also launched the second phase of the ‘Take Note’ Campaign, ‘Fresh Perspectives,’ which includes the distribution of newly designed rack cards to appeal to high school students, individuals in the middle of changing careers, college students who are redirecting, as well as veterans.

NCSA, which is sponsoring the challenge now for the third year, expects the 2016-2017 ‘Take Note’ Challenge to be the biggest one yet. The competition also calls on state associations to celebrate the 2017 Court Reporting & Captioning Week slated for February 11 – 18, 2017. “This past year has been phenomenal, being a part of showcasing our profession, talking to so many students, and showing our millennials how to write at the speed of sound,” said Erminia Uviedo, RMR, CRR, a freelance reporter from San Antonio, Texas, and the winner of last year’s NCSA ‘Take Note’ Challenge. Erminia continued, “Seeing interested students, who are so amazed and fascinated by watching a court reporter or captioner writing realtime, brings such a rewarding and accomplished feeling as a court reporter. Our profession must continue to make appearances in schools because we must dispel the myth that the profession is obsolete and put it front and center in every way possible, especially with media coverage.”.

Along with showcasing this promising career, competitors are also encouraged to post on social media using the hashtag #crTakeNote. To learn more about the ‘Take Note’ Campaign, including ways you can help spread the word, visit the NCRA website.

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