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College of Court Reporting, est. 1984

June 2021

CCR Alumni Spotlight

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An interview with Jacqueline Love-Worline | Texas Certified Shorthand Reporter

Hi Jacqueline, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today.

I was born in Oakland, California and raised in Los Angeles. I like to call myself a real Cali Girl for Life. Although I love living and working in Texas now, I am extremely proud to hail from California because I believe it is a city rich in culture and spirit and I have many fond memories of my life while in California from the 80s and 90s. I am also equally proud to live, work and play in Dallas. Texas is a growing and thriving state, one of which I am pleased to be a part of. My parents were both from Louisiana and my father was a pastor, so we moved several times as he pastored various churches throughout the country, but by the time I was born, we had settled in California. My upbringing was rooted in the church, and there is where I learned that I loved God, I loved to sing, and that I had the gift of administration, which is a spiritual gift that transcends over into the secular world in many ways. I assisted my father with all of the church administration, typing most of his sermons for him, preparing miscellaneous church paperwork and keeping my father’s office well organized. I’ve always enjoyed administration-type work and so when a friend of mine from high school mentioned she was going to court reporting school in our senior year of high school, it immediately clicked in my spirit that this was the future for me. Ultimately, I discovered that I had a real passion for stenography, and I picked it up easily, graduated court reporting college — which was no easy feat — then successfully passed the California Certified Shorthand Reporter’s Examination at 225 words per minute in 1993 and began an amazing career that exposed me to many different people from all walks of life. My background being raised with a spiritual life and being taught to respect all people, as well as the many hours I spent typing and assisting with church business, I believe shaped me into the person and the business professional that I am today. Court Reporters, also known as stenographers, must be neutral parties so that the proceedings can move forward with trust and accuracy. That’s why I took an oath to do my job to the best of my ability. I am not present during a legal proceeding to judge the facts; In fact, I am there to preserve the written record and I value and respect the role that I play in the legal system. I am grateful for my past, and look forward to my future as a Texas stenographer. This industry stands for accuracy, professionalism and integrity. We are the silent keepers of the record and our contribution to the legal system is priceless. I am proud to represent the past, present and future of stenography.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

The professional that I am today is due to the support, mentorship and training of many people. I owe my superb stenography training to Bryan College of California and The College of Court Reporting in Indiana. Our profession could not survive without our awesome and hardworking associations who fight daily on our behalf to keep our careers thriving, the Texas Court Reporters Association and the National Court Reporters Association and The Dallas Court Reporters Association, of which I currently have the honor of serving as a Board Member. My court reporting mentors are without a doubt some of the most intelligent, professional, skillful and amazing stenographers I have ever met, and I could not have risen to the level that I have without them. A special thanks and shoutout goes to the California firm that gave me my start, Owner Barbara Demery-Gillam, Texas CSRs Vielica Dobbins, Abby Guerra, Kim Xavier and Andrea Reed. Thank you, colleagues, for contributing to my success in this industry.

Court Reporters in the News

The National Verbatim Reporters Association is hosting an onsite convention this summer!

NVRA Annual Convention 2021
Convention Dates: July 26-29, 2021
Convention Testing Dates: July 25-26, 2021

Link to Agenda

Register Now

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May was Celebrate Certification Month

The month-long campaign was for NCRA members to show pride in the certifications they have earned, are working to earn, or are intending to earn. It is also designed to help encourage those who haven’t considered earning one of NCRA's nationally recognized certifications to rethink their decisions. The association provided members with new resources for 2021 Celebrate Certification Month.

"As stenographers we know every word matters. As professionals, we know every letter behind our names matters. Holding a nationally recognized professional certification from NCRA displays your commitment to being the very best in your field and also reflects a pledge to invest in yourself."

NCRA President, Christine Phipps, RPR

Tattoo shows steno pride, family love

Janine Ferren, RPR, CRR, a freelance reporter in Fishers, Ind., posted recently on social media about her new tattoo. She told the JCR Weekly more about the decision to get it and what it means.

JCR | Please describe the tattoo.

JF | The tattoo has my late parents’ signatures with a heart in the middle. On the left side of the heart it says, “Love, Mommy” in my mom’s handwriting. On the right side of the heart it says, “Love you, Daddy” in his handwriting, but this one has an added twist. Dad was a court reporter and would actually handwrite me letters in steno. I recently found one of those letters and it was signed “HRUF U DAED” (love you, Daddy). Stenographers will realize that the first D in daddy should be TK (TKAED), but he wrote it as a D and so I left it that way. The tattoo is on the inside of my right forearm. I’m still amazed that I have my parents’ actual signatures on my arm!

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The NCRA Conference & Expo is July 29 through August 1, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This conference brings together court reporting, captioning, and legal videographer professionals from around the world. It also features a variety of learning sessions from leading experts across the profession and beyond, providing valuable insights on thought-provoking topics that engage, teach, and enlighten. Gain insights from expert panelists, participate in contests, network, celebrate your profession, and most of all – become inspired!

New Video from Project Steno

Project Steno: The Best Career You Never Heard Of

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Apply for the Horace Webb Scholarship! Application deadline is June 15 of each year.

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New Professional Reporter Grant

The New Professional Reporter Grant is awarded annually to a promising working court reporter in his or her first year out of school. The grant is $2,000 and helps support start-up expenses for a new court reporter, such as purchasing software and earning credentials.

Eligibility criteria

  • The applicant must be a current NCRA member.
  • The applicant must have graduated from a court reporting program.
  • The applicant must have graduated with a grade point average of at least a 3.5 overall, based on a 4.0 standard or equivalent, as verified by his/her transcript.
  • The applicant must submit a copy of his/her official transcript with this application.
  • The applicant must be in his/her first year out of school, as verified by an official transcript.
  • The applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from his/her employer or contracting agency attesting to the applicant's professional demeanor, attitude, and motivation.
  • The applicant must be working in any of the three career paths: judicial (official/freelance), CART, or captioning.

NOTE: Only one nomination will be accepted per employer or agency.

Nominations close on June 4, 2021

Monyeen Black Memorial Grant

The Monyeen Black Memorial Grant honors the memory of Monyeen Black, RPR, CRR, who passed away on January 11, 2021. She was an active member on the 100-Day Practice Group on Facebook. She was professionally certified in California and owned the agency MBreporting located in San Ramon. She worked as a deposition reporter.

This grant is offered through the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF). New professionals must meet the eligibility requirements and submit the completed documentation listed below to qualify for the grant.

New professionals who have passed the RPR certification are encouraged to apply for the 2021 award which is worth $1,000.

How to apply

The following criteria and documentation must be met and submitted to apply:

  • The applicant must be a current NCRA member.
  • The applicant must have passed the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification.
  • The applicant must be in his/her first two years of reporting with documentation as proof: e.g. agency letter, transcripts with dates.
  • The applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from his/her employer or contracting agency attesting to the applicant's professional demeanor and motivation.
  • The applicant must be working in any of the three career paths: Judicial (official/freelance), CART, or captioning.
  • Applicant must complete application including short essay question (250-500 words). Essay question: How, when, and why did you realize that a career in court reporting was right for you?
  • Complete and submit this Grant application form.

Application deadline: Friday, July 9, 2021 COB

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The mission of the College of Court Reporting is to provide state-of-the-art instructional systems technologies and quality teaching techniques to educate students in the fields of realtime captioning and court reporting in an online environment. The College of Court Reporting is committed to providing a quality education to students that meet or exceed the standards of the national associations that represent and support court reporters, realtime writers, and related professions.