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February 16-22 recognized as National Court Reporting and Captioning Week [MEMBER NAME] to join second annual nationwide effort to recognize professionals, career opportunities in stenographic court reporting and captioning VIENNA, Va., DATE—The National Court Reporters Association, the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters and broadcast captioners, has announced that Feb. 16-22 has been deemed National Court Reporting and Captioning Week. The awareness week pulls together a nationwide effort to highlight the contributions of stenographic court reporters and captioners to society and to showcase the career opportunities that exist in the court reporting and captioning fields. [MEMBER FIRST, LAST NAME], a [court reporter/captioner… describe with “official court reporter for the Xth district court” or a “closed captioner for the deaf and hard of hearing community,” etc.] from [CITY, STATE], is planning to get involved with National Court Reporting and Captioning Week by joining the grassroots efforts to promote the profession and educate local communities about the value stenographic skills bring to today’s marketplace. [MEMBER LAST NAME] has been a stenographic court reporter for [enter #] years and is a graduate of [name of program] in [city/state location of program]. [He/she] has been a member of NCRA for [enter #] years and has earned nationally recognized credentials including [note certifications by spelling them out entirely]. “We are grateful for [MEMBER’s FIRST NAME]’s extensive involvement in this initiative and for [his/her] never-ending support of this rewarding profession,” said Nancy Varallo, NCRA president. “National Court Reporting and Captioning Week lets us celebrate what makes our field unique. Stenographic court reporters have been around for a hundred years, and we’ve embraced technology which has allowed us to expand into captioning for television and for the deaf and hard-of-hearing,” she said. Varallo, who holds the nationally recognized professional certifications of Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR) and Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR), owns The Varallo Group LLC, in Worcester, Mass. “Our profession is a great example of traditional skills employing the latest in high-tech to provide cutting-edge services in the litigation arena and in captioning. Our profession is a great career choice because skilled court reporters and captioners are in high demand,” she added. National Court Reporting and Captioning Week will be marked with promotional events and marketing nationwide, including a grassroots social media campaign, presentations at high schools across the country about court reporting and captioning career opportunities and community demonstrations such as producing transcripts of veterans’ oral histories. “For 10 years, members of the National Court Reporters Association have volunteered their time and professional skills to capture the oral histories of America’s disabled veterans,” said B.J. Shorak, deputy executive director of the National Court Reporters Foundation. “These transcripts—thousands of important histories that would have otherwise been lost—are preserved at the Library of Congress thanks to the skill and dedication of court reporters and captioners.” Stenographic skills translate to a multitude of career options—including court reporting, liveevent captioning for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, captioning for broadcast and specialized videography—and the strong marketplace demand means court reporting offers an abundance of long-term career opportunities. “Court reporting is consistently ranked as one of the top career options as it offers both flexibility and significant income potential,” notes Jim Cudahy, CEO and executive director of NCRA. “Court reporters and captioners are able to begin a career without a traditional four-year college degree, and these highly trained professionals experience the continuous professional growth associated with an in-demand career.” For more information, visit NCRA.org. Career information about the court reporting profession—one of the leading career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree— can be found at CareersInCourtReporting.com. About NCRA The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is internationally recognized for promoting excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken word to text for more than 100 years. NCRA is committed to supporting its more than 19,000 members in achieving the highest level of professional expertise with educational opportunities and industry-recognized court reporting, educator and videographer certification programs. NCRA impacts legislative issues and the global marketplace through its actively involved membership. Forbes has named court reporting as one of the best career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the court reporting field is expected to grow more than 5 percent in the coming years. For more information, visit NCRA.org.