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‘Saul’ better call local court reporter

From “Better Call Saul” (Season 1, Episode 1), real-life veteran court reporter Jennifer Bean appears with a Big Gulp drink cup and an authentic steno machine, circa early 2000s. (Ursula Coyote/AMC TV)

From “Better Call Saul” (Season 1, Episode 1), real-life veteran court reporter Jennifer Bean appears with a Big Gulp drink cup and an authentic steno machine, circa early 2000s. (Ursula Coyote/AMC TV)

Jennifer Bean, an Albuquerque veteran court reporter, helped open the recent premiere of AMC-TV’s “Better Call Saul,” portraying a role she does best: being a court reporter.
“I wanted to be part of this, but I was worried about how I would be portrayed. It had to be ethical. I couldn’t play a sleezeball court reporter and then have my (real-life) judge see that and wonder what I was doing in that show,” says Bean, 60, a New Mexico certified court reporter since 1977 and owner of Bean & Associates Inc., a professional court reporting service.

Bean helped nail her role by providing her own prop, an authentic steno machine, circa the early 2000s, the time period 

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Karen Sole - our New School Administrator

The New York School of court Reporting is pleased to announce Lisa Sole as the school's new Administrator. Karen brings over 25 years experience in the court reporting industry including stints at Bryan College and StenoTech Career Institute, Karen is an NCRA Registered Professional Reporter (RPR), NCRA Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI), and an NCRA Certified Program Evaluator (CPE). Karen is also an instructor at the school.

Six-Figure Salaries Are Very Real For Just 2 Years Of College

via CBS Pittsburgh

Let’s face it — a four-year college education is not for everyone. First, there’s the cost.

“Very expensive,” says Jon Zeidler of Center Township.

And then for many a two-year certificate or associate’s degree is sufficient.

“It’s all I needed,” adds Connie Lee of Marshall.

But what about the earning power of these degrees?  After working as an office delivery person out of high school, Connie Lee went back to CCAC to get her court reporting certificate and associates degree.

Lee: said “Last year, my total was $240,000, but by the time I pay my expenses and all that, I get about half of that.” 

Delano asked: “$120,000?”

“Not bad for a two-year degree, right?” Lee said.

A recent study by Payscale.com ranked hundreds of two-year public and private colleges and technical schools based on the earnings of their graduates.

Of the top 50 two-year schools, the average starting salary of graduates was between $35,000 and $42,000, and after ten years, the average salary was $60,000 to $75,000 a year.

And that means more people than ever will soon be able to say what Connie Lee says.

“The last 13 years I haven’t made less than six figures every year.”

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Michigan City Council proposes closed captioning for television in public spaces

via The Michagan Daily

Ann Arbor residents who are hearing-impaired may soon be able to enjoy closed captioning in television sets in public areas.

Ann Arbor Mayer Christopher Taylor speaks at the City Council meeting on Tuesday.

During their first meeting of the year, City Council discussed a new city ordinance mandating that any television set compatible with closed captioning in “places of public accommodation” – such as businesses, schools, and restaurants – must activate the feature to accommodate those residents with hearing loss problems. Television sets unable to provide closed captioning are exempt from the requirement.

The council did not vote on the ordinance this meeting. Westphal said because he is waiting for responses from members of the business community in an A2 Open City Hall survey, he is postponing the vote until the first meeting in February..

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Final Rule Requiring Movie Theaters Nationwide to Provide Closed Captioning

via JD Supra Business Advisor

On December 5th, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) published its final rule requiring theaters throughout the United States to provide closed captioning and audio description (if available) for movies exhibited in digital format.  The new regulations will take effect on January 17, 2017.

As we covered here, DOJ issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in August of 2014, which proposed rules requiring that theaters purchase and deploy specific equipment to provide closed captions for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, and audio description for patrons with visual impairments.  The proposed regulations also included requirements to advertise the availability of these technologies, and have a staff member on-site to locate, operate, and troubleshoot this equipment.

The final rule adopts many of these proposals, although several were scaled back, presumably in response to public comments submitted by theater representatives, advocates and owners. DOJ estimates that complying with these regulations will nonetheless cost the industry between $88.5 and $113.4 million over the next 15 years.

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Discovering a career in Realtime Reporting

via Newton Daily News, Newton Iowa

Have you ever heard of Realtime Reporting? You probably have not. It is a relatively unknown career but considered one of the top careers in the country.

Realtime Reporting is utilizing technology to provide an instantaneous record of the spoken word. A Realtime Reporter writes on a computerized shorthand machine using brief forms while software on a laptop translates the spoken word into English instantly. You may have heard of Court Reporting, but that is just one career option for the Realtime Reporter. There is a critical shortage of Realtime Reporters in Iowa and nationwide.

Realtime Reporters are in demand in the courtroom to provide a verbatim record of a court trial. By using a computerized system, the court reporter writes in realtime, and the translation is immediate. The trial judge is able to access the record in realtime, using a laptop. Reading back in a trial is relatively easy for a court reporter through the use of the search feature in the software. This is far superior to any electronic recording system because it provides an accurate and complete record, without any “inaudible “ comments.

Realtime Reporters are also employed by TV stations to provide captioning of TV shows. This is often done remotely; reporters can be almost anywhere and have an audio feed of a show. Reporters write the show in Realtime. Through the use of specialized software, the English translation then goes onto TV screens as “closed captioning.” As with courtroom reporters, the re is a shortage in this field. TV stations a re require d by the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide captioning of live TV shows.

Lawyers depend on Realtime Reporters to record depositions of people involved in court cases. A deposition must be done by a Realtime Reporter who provides a certified transcript of the verbatim proceedings. With the increase in the number of lawsuits, Realtime Reporters are in demand.

An other career area for Realtime Reporting is assisting the hearing impaired. Reporters can provide hearing-impaired students with a transcript of classroom lectures . They can either go to class with the student or access the classroom lecture over the Internet and provide a realtime translation for the student. Reporters also provide realtime at conventions and conferences, airports and hotels, so audience members can read what is being said.

 

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Deaf community asks for more interpreters, closed captioning

via Argus Leader - USA Today Network

Access to local government and jobs is lagging for the hearing impaired in Sioux Falls.

That’s the message a group of hearing impaired Sioux Falls residents were spreading this week during a rally for Deaf Grassroots Movement (DGM) South Dakota in front of Carnegie Town Hall. They say city government needs to be more inclusive to the deaf community and that means providing more interpreters at official proceedings and make closed captioning available when viewing public meetings online.

Barry Carpenter rallies on behalf of the Deaf community

“Though great strides have been made for many people with disabilities, the deaf and hard of hearing community often feels left out,” said Barry Carpenter, a 59-year-old truck driver who’s been hearing impaired his whole life. “Ramps and elevators are now commonplace and … braille and auditory accommodations are often made available for those with vision impairments. But accessible communication for many deaf and hard of hearing people is often an afterthought or simply not made available."

Thursday’s rally made Sioux Falls one of 118 cities across the country to hold awareness demonstrations this year to shine a light on what Carpenter and DGM say is a lack of communication access and barriers in employment and education that deaf and hard of hearing people face every day.

According to DGM, 70 percent of deaf Americans are unemployed or underemployed, in part because employers are hesitant to hire an interpreter to assist in the interview process. And if a deaf person is hired, employers are worried about future interpreter expenses, said Rick Norris, executive director of InterpreCorps, an American sign language interpreting agency.

 

 

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City Council may go Closed Captioned

via Sault Online Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

City council tonight talked about the issue of lack of closed captioning to council meetings.

Steve Butland spoke to his motion that there is a need in the community in terms of accessibility.

 

Shaw Cable said they were willing to go to bat for council for a good rate for the captioning. There was no cost given.  Staff were directed to respond back to council concerning the issue.

 

Paradigm Acquires Norman E. Mark – Court Reporter Service

Paradigm Reporting & Captioning, a full-service court reporting and captioning firm headquartered in downtown Minneapolis, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Norman E. Mark Court Reporter Service.

Norm Mark Agency has been the preeminent court reporting firm in Fargo, North Dakota for the past four decades and built its reputation as a trusted and respected name in the industry by consistently providing superior court reporting and video services in the Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding areas since 1970.

How New York City Hears People With Hearing Loss

New York's state-of-the-art Taxi of Tomorrow is equipped with a loop system for passengers with hearing loss.  (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

New York City is the most accessible city in the country for people with hearing loss. Hearing access is available at many of the city’s Broadway theaters, museums, and stadiums. Even the subway information booths/call boxes as well as the new Taxis of Tomorrow have hearing access. The degree of access available varies by site, so check the individual websites for specific details.

A hearing induction loop permits a person with a telecoil-equipped hearing aid or cochlear implant to use the T-setting to hear the sound directly from the microphone through the hearing aid/implant—no receiver is needed. Background noise is blocked on the T-setting. The other types of assistive listening systems, FM and infrared, require the use of a receiver (a headset or body-worn device); telecoil users can plug in a neck loop.

The Intrepid Museum offers hearing induction loops at its service desks.
(Courtesy Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum)

Visual access can be provided by captioning, CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation, also referred to as ‘realtime captioning’), and American Sign Language.

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Celebration Cinema Adding Closed Captioning Services

via 94.9 WSJM

Celebration Cinema has announced it’s adding closed captioning and descriptive audio services to all of its theaters. The movie theater chain was sued earlier this month by a St. Joseph man for not offering closed captioning for the deaf. On Thursday, Celebration Cinema announced it’s going to start doing just that.

The closed captioning devices soon to be at all of its locations will be small screens that attach to the seat cup holder. The screens can be adjusted with a flexible arm so the movie goer can see them. The descriptive hearing devices for the blind are headsets that provide narrative about key things happening on screen.

Celebration Cinema says it’ll be rolling out the technology to its theaters in phases through mid-October. WSJM News has reached out to Celebration Cinema to find out if the move is in response to the lawsuit it’s facing, but has so far not heard back. - See more at: http://www.wsjm.com/2016/09/01/celebration-cinema-adding-closed-captioning-services/#sthash.2Fy0ndig.dpuf

 

NYSCRA Convention October 14 - 16, 2016

via NYSCRA

Join the NY State Court Reporters this October 14-16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, NY

Here is a taste of what seminars are on tap for you:

  • How I Made My Life Easier, Unleashing the Superstar in You!

  • Roundtable Discussion with Reporting Luminaries

  • Stenographer Operations at Guantanamo Bay

  • Power of the Positive Attitude on Motivation

  • Eclipse Workshop; Case CATalyst Workshop

  • Work Smarter with Realtime Coach

  • The Business of Court Reporting

  • Both the RCR Skills and ACR Skills plus Written Exams

Vocational courses become a big draw for students

via The Indian Express

Even as students continue to aspire to become engineers and doctors, an opportunity to work in government offices, public and private sector undertakings has come across as the major driving force for students opting for vocational courses such as Stenography and Computer Applications.

(Illustration: CR Sasikumar)


“The two-year course in Stenography and Computer Applications not only helps students in learning shorthand and typing, it also teaches them communication skills. The course provides students an opportunity to work in the private sector as well as with all the wings of the government ,” a trainer for Stenography and Computer Applications at a government school told Chandigarh Newsline. Having learnt the course, a lot of students seek to work in the capacity of personal assistants in various government offices and public sector undertakings.


Kirti Singhal, a student who finished her schooling from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, said, “In my senior secondary, I opted for Stenography because it provided me with the basic training in computers as well as shorthand. After finishing school, I joined a private company.” Singhal, however, said that she now plans to continue with her education and will study B.Com.

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Emilie Treat — Tenth Judicial Circuit’s first female court reporter

via Hannibal Courier-Post

By 1892, Emilie Miller Treat was named the first female court stenographer for the 10th Judicial District of Missouri.

Emilie Miller Treat 

A review of Emilie Miller's formative years suggests that this daughter of Jacksonville, Ill., was destined for a role of prominence. Born in the free state of Illinois during the Civil War, she grew up under the influence of her grandfather, Ebenezer T. Miller, who was one of the original trustees of the Presbyterian Female Academy in Jacksonville. Her father, Cicero Davis Miller, was educated in the early schools of Jacksonville, and then entered the preparatory department of Illinois College in 1848, and the college itself in 1849. His career emphasis was on banking, business and bookkeeping.

Emilie Miller followed in her father's business vocation, garnering respect for her learned skills in shorthand and typewriting. She attained a respected job: teaching shorthand at the Brown Business College in Jacksonville.

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Kelly Nasuti, seasoned court reporter/writer continues her adventures of Jamie Winters in a new book.

via NCRA
Motion for Madness, the third mystery novel in a series authored by Kelly Nasuti, an NCRA member, debuted on bookshelves Feb. 15. The new release is the third in a series by Nasuti, who writes under the pen name Kelly Rey. The novel is published by Gemma Halliday Publishing.
Main character Jamie Winters, first executive assistant at the personal injury law firm of Parker, Dennis, in southern New Jersey, finds herself tracking down clues to solve another murder mystery when Kay Culverson, a low-budget cable talk show host, is found dead in her office. Winters’ boss, Howard Dennis, is suspected of the foul play as a result of a falling out with Culverson, who was a client.
[Read Chapter 1 here].
Kelly Nasuti aka Kelly Rey - Author/Court Reporter

Kelly Nasuti aka Kelly Rey - Author/Court Reporter

Motion for Murder, Nasuti’s first mystery novel released in 2014, introduces readers to Winters in a story laced with humor, wit, a dose of romance, and a murder. Nasuti’s second novel, Motion for Malice, released in 2015, has Winters working to solve the murder of Dorcas Beeber, a psychic medium who was found dead from an apparent blow to the head by her own crystal ball.
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Planet Depos Announces Mentoring Program, Career Opportunities

via PRWeb
Lisa A. DiMonte, CEO Planet Depo

Lisa A. DiMonte, CEO Planet Depo

Planet Depos, LLC, an international court reporting, interpretation and trial services firm, is pleased to announce the launch of Planet Institute, a program created to support court reporting students as they transition to become practicing deposition court reporters. The announcement comes to recognize the court reporting and captioning professions and to help raise public awareness about the growing number of employment opportunities the career offers.

“It is with great pride that we announce the launch of Planet Institute, an opportunity for us to give back to a profession that has provided us with abundant learning and growth opportunities during the course of our careers as court reporters,” commented Lisa DiMonte, Chief Executive Officer of Planet Depos. “And to launch the program during National Court Reporting & Captioning Week makes the event extra special for all of us at Planet Depos.”

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Megan McKenzie adds 2016 State of the Union speech to résumé

via NCRA
Photo credit: U.S. House of Representatives

Photo credit: U.S. House of Representatives

Ask any court reporter or captioner about the various assignments they’ve worked and the answers can range anywhere from a small town court case to a papal visit to a major sporting event. In the case of NCRA member Megan McKenzie, RPR, CRR, Arlington, Va., an official reporter for the U.S. House of Representatives, reporting last week’s State of the Union address delivered by President Barack Obama was just one more high-profile job well done.

A court reporter for 15 years, McKenzie said she began her career with the U.S. House of Representatives in May 2006, after a fellow court reporter suggested she apply for an opening that was posted. She began by reporting committee hearings, investigations, and press conferences before moving to the House floor in May 2008 to make the Congressional Record.

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