High school students and adult learners interested in becoming a court reporter or captioner are invited to the Feb. 19 Court Reporting and Captioning Spring Fling at Anoka Technical College.
The event is part of National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, a nationwide effort by the National Court Reporters Association to highlight the contributions of stenographic court reporters and captioners and showcase career opportunities in the court reporting and captioning fields.
“If you have you ever wondered how those words, also known as captions, appear at the bottom of your TV screen, please join us for a live demonstration,” said Jennifer Sati, an instructor in Anoka Technical’s Judicial Reporting program. Broadcast captioners create the captioning shown on television for people who are deaf and hard of hearing to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Demonstrations of captioning will be at the top of each hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Auditorium A. Refreshments will be served. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a strong job outlook for stenographic court reporters.
Median pay in 2010 was listed at $47,700 per year with an industry growth rate at an estimated 5 percent. The top 10 percent of court reporters earned $91,280. In May 2012, Forbes listed "stenographer/court reporter" as one of the best jobs that does not require a four-year degree.
Anoka Technical College offers an associate in applied science degree in judicial reporting and related certificates in broadcast captioning and scoping/proofreading. Students learn the latest technology, known as realtime, which is used in depositions, courtrooms, Communications Access Realtime Translation (CART) and broadcast captioning.
Many court reporters work as freelance reporters or independent contractors outside the courtroom in depositions and other situations requiring official transcripts, such as arbitration hearings. Broadcast captioners and CART providers provide instantaneous realtime translation for public events, religious services, webcasts, television programming and educational services.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a strong job outlook for stenographic court reporters. Learn more about becoming a court reporter Feb. 19 at Anoka Technical College’s Court Reporting and Captioning Spring Fling!