VIENNA, Va., Sept. 3, 2014—The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, broadcast and CART captioners, and legal videographers, today announced the release of the Court Reporter Survival Guide: School Success Stories, a collection of essays and tips about making it through court reporting school written by freelancers, officials, CART captioners, and current students.
“This collection is a true Chicken Soup for the Soul-type book that offers advice and insight from the only people who really understand the ins and outs of court reporting: other court reporters and captioners,” said Jim Cudahy, executive director and CEO of NCRA.
“While the stories are written from the point of view of students, the book is designed for all reporters, no matter where they are in their careers. This collection serves as a good reminder to working reporters that despite the sometimes difficult road to earning their place in this unique profession, the ultimate achievement of becoming a ‘keeper of the record’ was worth it,” Cudahy adds.
The softcover book — which includes the eight chapters: Superheroes in Training; The Road Less Taken; Motivation; Learning to Juggle; Lean on Me; Practice, Practice, Practice; Testing Our Limits; and A Few Extra Briefs — is filled with rich content direct from the trenches. Insight and advice range from small snippets to essays that recalled the inspiration offered by friends, family, and mentors, as well as coping with the anxiety created by drills, tests, and hours of practice each day. The book also contains numerous testaments from contributors sharing the many benefits, rewards, and opportunities court reporting has offered them.
The book includes entries by more than 60 contributors comprised of working court reporters, CART captioners, and students. The content is often humorous and always thoughtful, and it includes an abundance of motivation for any reader.
The Court Reporter Survival Guide: School Success Stories marks the first in a series of books NCRA plans to produce. The association is currently calling on its members to share their stories and insights about how they balance a hectic career in the court reporting field with their personal lives.
The Court Reporter Survival Guide: School Success Stories is available for purchase from NCRA’s online store.
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. For information about captioning, visit CaptioningMatters.com.