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2016 PCRA Convention

The 2016 Convention will be held April 1 - 3 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College.

The Board has planned a technology-themed schedule - you won't want to miss it!

Registration is OPEN! Click here for more information.

 WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

 


2016 PCRA Membership Campaign

Visit the Join/Renew page for information about joining PCRA or renewing your membership for 2016!


 

Court Reporting on the Radio

Gavin Jenkins, a freelance writer based in Pittsburgh, attended PCRA’s convention earlier this year for research on an article he was writing on court reporting. Thanks to all who sat with Gavin at seminars and answered his questions.

Gavin also was a guest at NCRA’s convention this past August in New York where he gathered more information and he has now had his article published on www.vice.comHere's the link to the article.

Gavin was recently a guest on New Hampshire Public Radio on the show Word of Mouth where he spoke about the profession of court reporting and some of the challenges we are facing. Click here for a link to the interview.

           

Court Reporting in the News

On September 1, 2015, CBS 21 out of New Cumberland, PA ran an exciting segment about court reporting. This is great publicity for the profession and a terrific way of spreading the word about the need for students.

Click here to view the piece and please consider sharing it with everyone you know via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

This all came about because a friend of PCRA mentioned court reporting to a news reporter she knew and provided some background information. Please think about what YOU can do to help support our profession!


A Message from NCRA about Students


NCRA headquarters has been flooded with requests from students who would like to join NCRA under the Student Sponsorship Program. Through member sponsorships, NCRA has created a way for students to join NCRA for their first year at no cost to them. However due to high demand, there is currently a waitlist, and the students need help from you.For only $65 per student, you can help a future court reporter gain access to the following:

  • An online mentorship program
  • Deep discounts to NCRA certifications
  • A Staples discount that will allow them to purchase school supplies
  • Discounts on store items like the RPR Study Guide
  • Ability to use the student rate for the NCRA Annual Convention

To sponsor a student, click here for NCRA's form and return the completed form to membership@ncra.org.

Please consider helping NCRA ensure the future of our profession is strong. Let's help our students become a part of this wonderful community!

 


 

November 2015 Update on Rule 4000 - The New Rules Governing PA Court Reporting Services

Please note that PCRA is fighting for all Pennsylvania reporters, but as member dues are funding this fight, updated information on Rule 4000 is only accessible by current members on the Rule 4000 tab under the Community page of this website.   

Once you are logged in to the website on the left side of this page, click here to go straight to the Rule 4000 tab on the Community page.

 

If you're not already a PCRA member, we hope you'll join PCRA or renew your membership and add to our strength! If your membership is current, and you need your member ID # to log in, please contact Liz Matson at headquarters at lmatson@innovativeamc.com.

 

Every reporter across the Commonwealth should be involved and supporting PCRA, both financially and with ideas and suggestions on this and other issues.

 

Click here to read the new rules.

 

PCRA is grateful to those reporters, officials and freelancers, who have stepped to the plate and have worked so hard in recent fmonths or the benefit of all reporters. There is strength in numbers and that's where we'll have the most chance at success.

 

 

 

 
 PCRA Out and About
 
 
 
Jamie Hackman and Kathy McHugh representing PCRA at the 2015 Conference of County Bar Leadership in Lancaster.
 

 
 
PCRA Announces Updated Student Mentor Program

As many of you know, serving as a mentor is a very rewarding experience and certainly, having an engaged mentor can make a huge difference for a student. PCRA is happy to announce that the Student Mentor Program has been updated with the creation of online forms that will make it easier for mentors to volunteer and students to request a mentor. Guidelines for both mentors and student “mentees” have also been developed. All the information is on the Community page on the PCRA website, but can also be accessed from the home page by using the button to the left, underneath the login box.
 
 

 
  
 
Court Case of Interest for Pennsylvania Reporters
 
A Philadelphia trial judge, in an issue of first impression, ruled lawyers, not clients, are responsible for paying court reporting costs.

Please click on the link below to read the full article. If you don't already have a free digital membership to ALM (the publisher of The Legal Intelligencer and other publications), you'll need to sign up to read the article.

 
 

 
NCRA's Take Note Campaign
 
We are excited to share this article in the JCR about NCRA's new Take Note campaign.

Don't forget to watch the video at the end!
 
 

Take Note campaign continues to pick up traction

NCRA's Take Note campaign, launched last month to push the court reporting profession into the national spotlight, continues to spark the interest of media outlets nationwide. Fox News became the latest media outlet to showcase the profession's growing employment opportunities in a special report on companies that are hiring that aired Oct. 7 on its Fox & Friends program. In the segment, the reporter notes the findings by research firm Ducker Worldwide that an additional 5,500 jobs are expected to open up across the country in the next five years. Fox & Friends is currently the #1 ranked morning show, according to cable news ratings. NCRA's Take Note campaign was built around the research findings to support the future of court reporting through national advertising and public relations outreach. The program targets potential students and asks them to consider entering a profession that promises to offer an abundance of job opportunities in the coming years. WATCH THE VIDEO 

   

 

 
 

 

Congratulations to Pennsylvania Reporters with New Certifications!

PCRA would like to congratulate President Kathleen McHugh of Audubon, NJ, who passed the RSA exam at NCRA’s Annual Convention this summer, and members Justine C. Kiechel of Ephrata, who was newly certified as an RPR, and Marie Strouse of Stroudsburg, who was certified as an RMR after the May tests.

We also congratulate Pennsylvania reporter Julie Anne Schoettle of Lansdale, newly certified as an RPR.

 

 

 

Congratulations to all for your achievements!


Information about National Verbatim Reporters Association Remote Testing

 

Click here for information about remote testing for CART and captioning testers.

 

 


 
 FLIGHT  93 NATIONAL MEMORAL ORAL HISTORY PROJECT 
 
PCRA is proud to announce its partnership with the Flight 93 National Memorial Oral History and Documentation Project.  The project is entering its final nine months of a grant period and the project assistants have conducted more than 800 interviews with people associated with Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  We have an opportunity to assist with this project in the same way we have worked on the Veteran’s Oral History Project.  Pennsylvania will take the lead and recruit reporters to transcribe these interviews so the stories are preserved for future generations!  These interviews cannot be used until a transcript is completed and signed off on by the interviewee.  Time is of the essence.  We are looking for volunteers to transcribe these interviews. 
  
Donna S. Cascio, RMR, CMRS and Susan E. Kiniry, RMR, of our organization are spearheading this very important project. Please contact them and indicate your willingness to volunteer. Donna can be reached at donna.cascio@gmail.com and Susan can be reached at sekiniry@gmail.com.
 
A complete set of guidelines, forms and other information is available at the bottom of this page.
 
FLIGHT 93 IN THE NEWS
 
 
 

   
Job Opportunities
 

1/07/2016

FULL-TIME COURT REPORTER

Erie County has an opening for a full-time court reporter. Click here for a posting with all the details. The closing date is January 13, 2016.

 

12/15/2015

EDITOR II (SCOPIST)

The Office of Official Reporters at the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. has an opening for an Editor II (Scopist). Click here for a posting with all the details. Note that although there is a closing date on the announcement, the vacancy is open until filled.

11/20/2015:

SESSION STENOGRAPHER:  PA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

State agency seeking experienced stenographer to take verbatim record of all words spoken during legislative proceedings.  Associate in Specialized Business Degree in Court Reporting; or possession of a valid Certificate as conferred by National Court Reporters Association, or an Associate Degree in Real-time Reporting; Or ability to record proceedings at 180 w.p.m. (literary) with 95% accuracy; education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade; And two years of progressively responsible stenographic experience; Or any equivalent combination of acceptable experience and training.

 

Must have considerable knowledge of procedures and methods of recording verbatim proceedings under difficult conditions (floor debate, parliamentary procedures, etc.) with speed and accuracy.  Must be able to work independently and prioritize work in an environment with shifting priorities, with mandatory attendance for possible extended compensatory hours during session.  Salary negotiable and includes healthcare benefits and retirement.  Please send a resume detailing education and prior employment history to:

Angela C. Stalnecker

Assistant Chief Clerk

House of Representatives

129 Main Capitol

Harrisburg, PA 17120

astalnecker@pabmc.net

 

10/28/2015:

The Schuylkill County Court of Common Pleas is accepting applications for the position of Official Court Reporter. Details of the position may be obtained upon request at lwallauer@co.schuylkill.pa.us. Interested applicants may email their resume or send it to the Court Administrator’s Office, 401 N. Second Street, Pottsville, PA 17901.

 

10/13/2015:

The DC Superior Court located on Indiana Avenue in Washington, D.C., has several openings for Official Court Reporters. These reporters write realtime for their judges on a daily basis connecting serially and/or to the judge’s iPad when required.

Minimum Qualifications:  Diploma or degree from a court reporting school that is accredited by the National Court Reporters Association, plus two (2) years of experience in court reporting. In addition, candidates must be able to furnish adequate equipment for the efficient performance of duties, and must be able to lift up to forty (40) pounds. Reporter must be trained in realtime and if applicant has attained their CRR, a different page rate will apply when realtime is provided to parties. All applicants are required to have attained their RPR and be using either Case Catalyst or Eclipse software. Officials are assigned to work with a judge on a weekly basis, taking an array of different types of cases, i.e., criminal, civil, family and probate. Reporter can expect a heavy workload. Benefits include but are not limited to Annual and Sick Leave, Health Benefits, and TSP. Salary ranges from $63,722 to $105,868, plus transcript income.

To apply, please click on the following link: www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/418423300

 

10/07/2015: AccuWeather has an opening for a Real-time Closed Caption Reporter, responsible for providing a text version of the audio for viewers during a live television broadcast and also captioning pre-recorded videos used on the AccuWeather Channel and website.

Click here for a flyer with more information.

Reporters should direct questions to Kate Morris at 814-235-8596 or kate.norris@accuweather.com and submit resumes to Ms. Norris at kate.norris@accuweather.com

 
4/8/2015: Cambria County has an officialship opening and is seeking applications.

Click here or on the PDF below for additional information. Reporters can direct questions to Bryan Beppler at bbeppler@co.cambria.pa.us.
  
 

PCRA HAS AMAZING MEMBER DISCOUNTS! JOIN NOW to take advantage of these MEMBER-ONLY discounts which can save you hundreds of dollars on things you use for your job.
  • 15 to 25% savings on Office Depot items
  • 10% off Pengad products
  • 15 to 25% off selected ProCAT products
  • NEW! 20% off Reporting Solutions' PDF-it subscription service
Click here to see all the details on the Member Discounts page. 
 

 




Court Reporters Demonstrate their superior skills

If you have ever wondered how the closed captions "appear" on the television, this video will show you a couple of the country's best court reporters/captioners and how fast they can write.  You will be amazed! Check it out! Click on the video below!

 

 

Court Reporting in the News as a growing and profitable career!

MyFox Atlanta
Carlette Jennings, from the Brown College of Court Reporting, joined the Good Day Atlanta crew to talk about a somewhat surprisingly lucrative career in the world of court reporting! CLICK ON THE VIDEO Below TO WATCH THIS FULL REPORT!

 

 

 



Forms/Resources that relate to this page (8)
Cambria County Court Reporter: PDF File
Post Date: 4/18/2015
Montgomery County Court Reporter: PDF File
Post Date: 3/27/2015
NCRA Key Points for Online Testing: WORD File
Post Date: 9/27/2014
Volunteer Hours Log: PDF File
Post Date: 3/23/2014
PCRA Flight 93 Transcription Guidelines: PDF File
Post Date: 3/23/2014
PA Court Reporters Volunteer Form: PDF File
Post Date: 3/22/2014
Oral History Description Doc2: PDF File
Post Date: 3/22/2014
Insert for Packet Flight 93 Oral History: PDF File
Post Date: 3/22/2014
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The Outline - Fall 2015