February 15th – 21st is National Court Reporting Week

February 15 is the start of the 2015 National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, an effort by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the leading organization representing CART and broadcast captioners, legal videographers, and stenographic court reporters.

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National Court Reporting and Captioning Week is designed to raise the public’s awareness of the profession and the many employment opportunities that exist.

The theme of this year’s National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, which runs from February 15th to the 21st, is the TakeNote Campaign. The idea for the campaign was based on new research that found that over the next 5 years, more than 5,500 jobs in court reporting and captioning are projected to be available.

NCRA’s National Court Reporting and Captioning Week will attract court reporters, CART providers, captioners, and court reporting schools from around the country by hosting a wide array of activities that showcase the profession. Just a few of the upcoming activities include visiting high schools, holding open houses, engaging in media outreach, and much more.

The NCRA will educate the public and the professionals in the industry about its wide range of available resources that are available to its members and to court reporting schools, most of which are found at TakeNote.com and NCRA.org.

Just a few of the NCRA resources include:

  • Tips on presenting the benefits of the profession to new students
  • Press release templates
  • Social media logos and banners
  • Ideas for hosting special activities

NCRA President Sarah Nageotte says that the NCRA’s National Court Reporting and Captioning Week is an “opportunity for our profession to celebrate the valuable contribution” this profession has made.

Nageotte will help get the week underway by hosting a luncheon with members of the Hawaii Court Reporters and Captioners Association. A presentation during the luncheon will present the details of the TakeNote campaign, which will include addressing the recent statistics regarding court reporters in the U.S. She will also present ideas regarding how best to highlight the profession to high school students.