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The Bakersfield Californian
Friday, Dec 05 2014 05:29 PM

By RUTH BROWN The Bakersfield Californian

Typing quietly while catching every spoken word, court reporters are often overlooked but critical components of the judicial system.

And the demand for them is growing while the number available capable of typing the required 200-word-per-minute threshold for courtroom work is dwindling....

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A broadcast captioner has created a hysterically funny account of what it’s like to do what she does – sure to go viral if it hasn’t already:

Definitely something to pass on !




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July 02, 2014
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VIENNA, Va., July 2 -- The National Court Reporters Association issued the following news release:

The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country's leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, broadcast captioners, and CART captioners, was represented at the Hearing Loss Association of America's(HLAA) Annual Conference held June 26 - 29 in Austin, Texas, during a session that focused on captioning quality as it relates to recent legislative and regulatory measures that have advanced through Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

NCRA member Carol Studenmund, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, co-founder of LNC Captioning in Portland, Ore., and chair of NCRA's Captioning Community of Interest, was joined by Adam Finkel, NCRA assistant director of government relations and co-chair of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance. NCRA has long worked closely with HLAA through its involvement with the Alliance.

The educational session provided attendees with a history of captioning laws and regulations, as well as best practices for ensuring live captioning quality as the broadcast industry comes into compliance with recently approved new FCCregulations. The new regulations require program creators and distributors to make their best effort to insure that captions are accurate, synchronous, complete, and do not obscure important information. The new regulations also apply to online video shows that originated on television.

"I could not have been more pleased to represent NCRA at the Hearing Loss Association's Annual Convention. It was incredible to be able to connect with so many fierce advocates for broadcast captioning and CART captioning, and to brainstorm ways to help make these services more readily available to consumers across the country. The topic of the FCC's captioning quality guidelines attracted great interest and numerous questions from attendees," said Finkel.

During the session, Studenmund and Finkel cited best practices supported by NCRA which urge captioning companies to provide periodic quality reviews of individual captioners, alert clients immediately if a technical issue arises, and respond in a timely manner to issues raised by clients or viewers.

According to Studenmund, who also serves as vice chair and commissioner of theMount Hood Cable Regulatory Commission in Portland, many captioning companies are pleased with the new FCC regulations as well as the increase in the number of broadcast stations that are now offering live captioning instead of the electronic newsroom technique which can often lead to confusing or incorrect translations. Early feedback indicates that the use of live captioners for broadcasts has led to many improvements in the quality of captions being included in broadcasts, she added.

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By Tim Hull, Courthouse News Service 8/6/2013

Two California school districts must face claims that they improperly denied transcription services to deaf and hard-of-hearing students, the 9th Circuit ruled Tuesday.

In separate cases consolidated for appeal, the parents of K.M. And D.H., two hard-of-hearing high-school girls, argued that the districts had violated federal law by refusing to approve a transcription service in the classroom. The Communication Access Realtime Translation service provides a word-for-word transcription of everything said in class via real-time captioning, according to the ruling.

...continue reading "Judges in California Reverse Ruling Preventing CART in Classrooms"

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This survey is by the Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning.

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By Marla Dougherty  6/30/11

The friendly people at QuickCaption were pleased to share information about all the captioning services they have been providing for 12 years. They have 103 contractors that provide captioning nationwide and offer CART, remote CART, video/DVD captioning and streaming media captioning.

Last November I experienced remote CART at the HLAA Walk4Hearing in Washington DC.  Walkers with a smart phone or iPad could enjoy the streaming of live CART if they were too far away to see the remote CART.  By going to the QuickCaption homepage and clicking on the HLAA event, they had instant streaming of the speeches.

QuickCaption makes it easy for you to get a copy of the event transcript. On their website you can copy and paste the transcript once the program is over. The information remains “live” on the website for about 15 minutes. After that, it is archived and the text can be mailed to you.