NCRA News. Career Launcher and President’s Party

Just this weekend the Career Launcher launched. It is a course comprised of ten modules that will assist new reporters as they bridge the gap between graduation and their first job. It covers several important types of jobs new reporters are likely to run into, including plaintiff medical, personal injury, divorce, interpreted, corporate rep and medical depositions. At $100 for members and $175 for nonmembers, it’s an affordable complement to traditional reporter education. It does seem prices will rise in August, so please tell a new professional about it today!

For those attending the convention, the Utah Court Reporters Association will be holding a party at Margaritaville 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on July 30, 2021. Proceeds from the event will go to the National Court Reporters Foundation, which is one of the philanthropic organizations in our profession. Check out the flyer I stole below!

You can buy tickets in support if you don’t want to go.

As an aside, many of my contemporaries run discussion groups with fairly strict rules or a specific purpose. There are reasons for that and I won’t disparage it. If you’re on Facebook, feel free to use my Stenonymous group for any field-related reason. Self-promotion is allowed. I will generally not censor discussion there in the same way I do not generally censor discussion on this blog. I may chime in if I really vehemently disagree with something, you’re being really nasty without some kind of attached reason, your comment is spam, or if I think your comment might hurt you, but I’m not going to play policeman where I can avoid it.

The next article may shock everybody. I would just urge people to read to the end. We lead busy lives. It can be very easy to read a headline, make some snap assumptions about what the article will be about, and pass it by. This one’s worth reading.

Learn Stenography!


National Court Reporters Association is, as of writing, the powerhouse association for stenography in the United States. I came across this video today and I figure it’s worth sharing to all who might come across this blog. It will immediately direct you to a site with a little information about how to start getting involved. Having lent a piece of equipment to one of the A to Z programs they describe, I can honestly say I’m a big supporter of this stuff and people giving this profession a try. It’s worth it.

A very brief summary of what we do: We take down the spoken word and make it text. We type it faster than a regular keyboard because our keyboards (stenotypes) allow us to hit multiple letters at once, and those letters stand for various sounds, words, and sentences.

More Than A Job.

In our field we often point at the potential to make money for relatively little education, and I think that’s just fine, but I also realize that doesn’t motivate everybody. If you’re in the camp of not being a money-hungry person, then consider a few extra things. For those of us that work in court reporting, we provide hours upon hours of service to the community, logging and keeping safe thousands of pages of court or deposition records for the day they’re needed by lawyers, litigants, or the public. For those of us that work in captioning or CART, we provide access to the people who need it most. Voice-to-text access for the 15% of Americans who report trouble hearing, and the millions who cannot hear at all! Indeed, if you  won’t do this thing for the money, do it for the people you will be helping just by sitting at a little machine and typing your heart out.


Stanley Sakai gives a pretty upbeat and fast explanation of stenography here for those that want to know more about the concept of machine shorthand.


I came across this fascinating blog by someone who writes under the author name Stenoodie, and they have a short page describing steno/machine shorthand for those who like reading more than videos.