The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is a national professional association of court reporters, real-time caption writers, and CART providers. ACS has been a proud supporter of the NCRA for many years. Business Development Manager (and CART consumer) Valerie Stafford-Mallis is currently serving on the NCRA CART Ethics Committee to make sure the voice of the deaf and hard-of-hearing consumer is heard.
The largest annual gathering of these professionals will take place later this week in San Francisco as they meet for the NCRA 2014 Annual Convention and Exposition at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square from July 31 through August 3, 2014.
There will be seminars, workshops, networking events, and other opportunities for court reporters and captioning and CART professionals to meet and learn more about what is on the horizon in our industry.
Last year ACS submitted a presentation proposal that was accepted on how to seamlessly utilize CART and platform sign language interpreting at the same event. The material was presented dramatically in a skit and received rave reviews. To request a copy, please send an email to Valerie@acscaptions.com.
Speed and real-time contests are held to showcase the talents of some of the best steno writers in our business. Owner/Manager Mike Cano competed last year. Mike placed 4th in one leg of the contest and 13th in the second leg. This gave him an overall national ranking of 12th place (out of over 21,000 writers in NCRA). ACS sets the bar high and it shows!
Most people in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community are probably aware of this, but many people do not know that the highest quality real-time captioning on television is done by people utilizing court reporter stenography skills. Software cannot come close to matching the skill of these highly trained broadcast caption writers. Certified Broadcast Captioners (CBC) must pass a rigorous written exam testing their knowledge of subject matter AND a skills test in which they must caption in real-time for 5 minutes at 96% accuracy at speeds of up to 180 Words Per minute. ACS requires its caption writers to be able to caption at speeds of up to 225 Words Per minute with a 98.5% accuracy rate.
Because people in the broadcast television industry and the business world will still continue to need captioning services, there will probably be some captioning and remote CART provided from hotel rooms of ACS broadcast caption writers attending the Conference.
So when you watch your favorite live television show this week, you might wonder where that caption writer is. Is he or she working from a hotel room in San Francisco?
Blog Portions Adapted From: COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series – DeafDigest – Blue Edition – July 27, 2014