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Court Reporters Converge on Atlanta

The 43rd annual convention of the National Verbatim Reporters Association begins on Wednesday, July 20, at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Court reporters, proofreaders/scopists, CART providers, and captioners will gather for four days to discover new tools and technology available for voice-writing court reporters. In addition to our experts in the field of voice-writing technology and realtime, we are pleased to have Donna Nall, an Atlanta-based leadership trainer and owner of Quality Time Out, LLC; Joyce Bender, CEO of Bender Consulting Services and host of a weekly Internet talk radio show, “Disability Matters with Joyce Bender”; and Belinda Mello, Certified Alexander Technique Teacher.

On Thursday, July 21, NVRA will administer certification tests for CVR (Certified Verbatim Reporter), CM (Certificate of Merit), RVR (Realtime Verbatim Reporter), RCP (Registered CART Provider), and RBC (Registered Broadcast Captioner). The certification process is based upon the conclusions of a comprehensive analysis of the practice of court reporting using voice writing equipment. NVRA’s certification examinations are psychometrically sound and legally defensible, and their certification program meets the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing as set forth by the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education. NVRA is the testing authority for voice-writing court reporters.

The method of court reporting known as voice writing, formerly called “stenomask,” was developed by Horace Webb in the World War II era. Voice writers not only repeat every word stated by the attorneys, witnesses, judges and other parties to a proceeding without being heard by others, but also verbally identify the speaker. They even punctuate the text, describe activities as they take place, and, in some cases, mark exhibits.

Now, new technologies are available to voice writers. Cutting-edge technology, in the form of speech recognition CAT systems, affords the voice writer the opportunity to have the spoken words instantly turned into text on a laptop computer or computer work station. As a result, the voice writer is now able to produce realtime text feeds within the courtroom, deposition, or conference setting.

NVRA, National Verbatim Reporters Association, is the VOICE of voice-writing court reporters and is affiliated with state, national, and international associations that promote technology and continuing education activities. NVRA advances the understanding, practice, education and professional standards of verbatim reporters and related reporting professionals by promoting ethical behavior, professional development, educational opportunities and support of individual reporters.

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