Marybeth Everhart with Realtime Coach has graciously offered ICRA a discount in conjunction with her presentations at the ICRA conference this past weekend!
Thousands of reporters worldwide are using Realtime Coach (RTC) to improve their skills & pass certification exams. As a benefit of ICRA membership, you can join the ranks of RTC users at a discount! If you’re not a member, please join now to take advantage of this discount! Use the coupon code ICRA2016 to receive a free upgrade from the Pro membership to the Ultimate membership ($120 savings per year).
But act soon because the coupon code expires July 31st.
We received several comments from folks wanting to attend both Marybeth’s sessions and Cindi’s sessions, but obviously couldn’t be in two places at once, so we took care of that for you!
On Sunday, our wonderful speakers will be repeating two sessions each from Saturday. This has also increased potential CEUs to .9…whoohoo! (Please note, you may not attend duplicate sessions and receive CEU credit for both.)
ALSO….our room block deadline has been extended to Tuesday, June 28th.
Official Court Reporter
Hon. Jonathan Medema
It’s that time once again, and we’re really looking forward to seeing each and every one of you.
Looking for CEUs….got it. Offering .6 CEUs, .5 PDCs for the realtime contest, and .25 PDCs for one of the sessions.
Looking for awesome CaseCatalyst instruction…got that too. Cindi Lynch, one of Stenograph’s premier instructors, will be facilitating the Case sessions.
Looking for realtime tips and strategies, including how to pass the CRR….got you covered with Marybeth Everhart.
Want to show off your realtime skills….we’ve got the Realtime Contest on Friday evening.
How about networking with your friends and fellow reporters…..yup, that too. There’s the reception Friday evening, lunch on Saturday, dinner Saturday evening, fun run/walk Sunday morning.
So, what are you waiting for! You’ll find the agenda, registration form, and speaker information at the top of the the website page.
Be sure to call The Grove Hotel (208-333-8000) directly and ask for the ICRA special block rate of $125 per night. ROOM BLOCK CLOSES JUNE 24TH.
Questions? Shoot them back to me and I’ll get you an answer ASAP.
ICRA Secretary / Treasurer
We have an exciting lineup for the ICRA Conference this summer! See the attached agenda.
Due to health issues with the instructor, the Realtime Boot Camp scheduled for our July conference has been canceled. Because it is short notice, Stenograph has graciously offered to send Cindi Lynch (previously Hartman) to give Caseview/Catalyst classes for the conference. You have all probably heard of Cindi. She is one of the most popular trainers for Caseview/Catalyst and highly sought after. And we get her all day, Saturday, July 16, 2016!
For all those who are not on Caseview/Catalyst, we also have an exciting concurrent seminar scheduled with Marybeth Everhart of Realtime Coach. She will present classes about Online Testing, Realtime Coach, Gadget Goodness, and Windows 10.
This year’s conference will be held at the Grove Hotel in Boise. Rooms are set aside for our conference attendees at a special rate, so book them now! Ask for the Idaho Court Reporters Association rate. Don’t forget we will have the famous realtime contest on Friday night, July 15, 2016. Get your fingers ready!
We’ve all heard the phrase, my expert can beat up your expert. We’ve heard how one expert will say 2+2=4, and then the opposing expert says, well, that isn’t exactly right. 2+2=4, sometimes. So I guess the point is that you can make statistics read any way you want and have them interpreted any way you want. However, there are a few statistics that can’t be argued with too much. During the 2016 Court Reporting & Captioning Week, I believe it is necessary for Court Reporters and Captioners alike to think about the statistics regarding our profession, and how those numbers may affect us in the future. The average age of court reporters throughout the nation is 51. The demand for court reporters over the next five years is going to increase to approximately 1,500. The number of court reporters retiring in the next five years is approximately 5,100. Therefore, there will be a gap in the court reporting profession in the next five years of 3,500 to 4,000 reporters. I can only imagine that the demand for captioners will be at least that large or larger with the demand for internet captioning.
So I feel that it is imperative that we, as court reporters and captioners, talk to students, young adults, or people looking for a second career about court reporting and captioning. I know that many of our members already pursue students and others to open the discussion regarding reporting and captioning, but this week we should double our efforts. As we all know, this is a great profession. Many people are intrigued by the machine and things we hear and see. You never know who that person may know that might be interested in court reporting or captioning.
So, once again, let’s pursue these conversations and double our efforts to keep court reporting and captioning front and center in our conversations and be proud of what we do. Enjoy what you do, and enjoy Court Reporting and Captioning Week February 15th to February 21st, 2016.
Keith M. Evans, RPR, CSR
2016 Official Court Reporter Conference
January 25 & 26, 2016
Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner, 1800 Fairview, Boise
Congratulations to Brook Nunn from Boise who recently passed both the Certified Broadcast Captioners certification and the Certified CART Providers certification. Great job, Brook! We applaud your great dedication to our profession!
Congratulations to our own Andrea Couch!! She won second place overall in the Pacific Northwest Realtime Contest sponsored by Associated Reporting, Inc., held at the Tri-State Conference in October. The realtime contest was attended by reporters from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Andrea missed first place by .3%! Her overall translation was 98.4%. The contest consisted of a 225 wpm Q&A and a 200 wpm Literary, each five minutes long. Great job, Andrea. Way to represent Idaho!
Seeking all court reporters who donated their time to take oral histories in the past.
Please email Susie Headlee at firstname.lastname@example.org and send her the following info:
- The name of the interviewee (person whose oral history was taken).
- The narrator (the person who actually sat down and asked the questions).
- The name of the Court Reporter, and the date and place the oral history was taken.
- The status of the transcription, i.e. is it completed? Do they need to “tweak” it a bit? Do they need to complete it?
Susie is compiling a master list of everyone who has contributed oral histories and would like to know if the transcripts have been finalized or not. Thank you all again for donating your time in this endeavor working with the Idaho Legal Historical Society.
Looking for CEUs? Want to show off your realtime skills? Update your software knowledge? Spend time with colleagues and friends?
Congratulations to Rachelle Cahoon for receiving the New Professional Reporter Grant from NCRF. What a great accomplishment! The Journal of Court Reporting has an article about Rachelle. Here is a quote from that article:
“NCRF awards the annual New Professional Reporter Grant to a reporter who is in his or her first year of work, has graduated within a year from an NCRA-certified court reporting program, and meets specific criteria, including a grade point average of 3.5 or above, a letter of recommendation, and active work in any of the career paths of judicial (official/freelance), CART, or captioning. Cahoon, a graduate of the College of Court Reporting, Hobart, Ind., is the 11th recipient of NCRF’s New Professional Reporter Grant. She was nominated by Annie Cook of Tucker and Associates in Boise and was described as a “powerhouse” who is expected to become an amazing realtime writer.”
Here’s a link to the full article.
If you’re one of our northern members, or would just like to take a drive up to beautiful Coeur d’Alene, please join us for our July 25 ICRA Board Meeting. We’ll be having lunch at the Dockside Restaurant, at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 South 2nd Street (765-4000) at 12:30 p.m.
One topic of discussion will be our joint Conference with Washington and Oregon set for October, 2015.
Looking forward to seeing everyone!
There will be an ICRA Board meeting on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. to discuss ICRA business and the conference to be held in Hood River, OR in October.
Please feel free to participate. Looking forward to visiting with you!
Keith Evans, ICRA President