2014 Court Reporting and Captioning Week
February 16-22, 2014
Court Reporting & Captioning Week is set for Feb. 16 – 22. Each year the National Court Reporting Association honors the unique professions of court reporting and captioningby showcasing to the public the large impact court reporters have had, and do have, on capturing history for posterity, as well as the wonderful services captioners make available to help better the lives for millions of Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing by providing captioning in realtime for live sporting and theater events, church services, movie houses, and many other venues.
Included below are some fun and interesting facts about the court reporting profession.
- The ampersand (&) is one of the earliest forms of shorthand.
- There are official court reporters who are employees of the court, freelance court reporters, broadcast captioners, and CART captioners (Communications Access Realtime Translation—often employed in classroom settings to assist students who are deaf and hard of hearing).
- In an emergency situation, broadcast capitioners can provide vital information to 48 million Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing.
- Court reporters and captioners use cutting-edge technology to bring the spoken word to text accurately in realtime.
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics considers court reporting a career that will have an increasingly high demand for jobs well into the future and estimates a growth rate of 14 percent between now and 2020.
- Annual salaries of court reporters and captioners can reach upwards of $80,000.
- Court reporting and captioning does not require a traditional four-year degree, so students of this career choice are often out in the workforce quicker than their counterparts.
- Capturing the record of important proceedings dates back to the fourth century B.C.
Omega Reporting, your Memphis court reporters, wishes to invite you to celebrate with us this important time in our profession!