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The first time I saw this insulting and infuriating media propaganda about NCRA's "Fresh Perspectives" campaign, I was so mad that I could barely speak. Thanks to NCRA's political pull, yet again millions of dollars have been funneled into schools that will produce barely a handful of successful students. The NVRA needs to get involved and point out the abysmal track record that these schools have had, and point out to whoever is doling out this money that they are doing nothing but helping to sustain a few people's lifestyle instead of actually helping to meet the demands placed upon this profession. They need to get this money directed in the right direction, with the right focus. Here's a quote from the "Fresh Perspectives" campaign announcement: “NCRA recognizes that the success of court reporting schools is the key to the survival of the court reporting and captioning professions and has made meeting this challenge a top priority,” said Cynthia Bruce Andrews, M.S.Ed, NCRA’s Director of Professional Development Programs. “The Fresh Perspectives effort is just one of many initiatives the Association in undertaking to help our schools thrive.” The very first lines say it all: "NCRA recognized that the success of COURT REPORTING SCHOOLS is the key to the survival of the court reporting professions..." Not producing quality students. Not addressing the abysmal track record these schools have had over the past many years. But focusing instead on the success of the schools. Really? This makes me sick. High school students are targeted with the message of “score your dream job” that is supported by the image of a large sporting venue that includes a large screen with captions. Finally, the message geared toward veterans is “work high speed” and is illustrated with a shot of U.S. House of Representatives during a State of the Union Address. High School students, who will not know better, who will buy into the promise of triple-figure earnings. "Yeah, get 'em young, before they know better." Military? "Hey, they've got plenty of educational assistance, let's see how many will bite." The percentage of individuals earning those incomes is probably a single-digit portion of our reporting and captioning population. I would really like to know how that lying propaganda keeps getting put out as well, to to national media sources even. You know how. Deep down you really know who that someone is that has spun numbers and put out bad info. It's time to make someone accountable for this mess, and to right the boat. Oh, so you think closed captioning is going to float the boat, huh? Who here as a captioner feels financially secure? While captioner hourly rates used to be averaging $50-$60 per hour, they are now as low as $15 per hour. Let's saddle a student with debt for that. It's a transitory career at best if these trends continue. Yet the NVRA posts job ads for these very companies that lowball and cheapen our profession to the point of fast-food wages. Voice writing is just beginning to be taught at a few schools, and there are very few really qualified to teach it. We have failed to produce a working population of realtime-capable reporters because of the mom & pop nature of the NVRA's approach, the failure to vigorously push for legislation to allow voice writers to not have to face protectionism from groups of individuals trying to continue to feather their aging nests. NVRA, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT THIS!?
Billie Renee Carey
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