The following is based on the other article about the NCRA President and Merrill and reporting in the UK. Wanted to make it a new thread and see if this gets some people excited or angry or just plain upset at me.
What I'm about to weigh in with here is going to step on a bunch of toes and probably have me run for the hills, but, I'm gonna say it anyway.
How many reporters do we know that are in courts that do absolutely nothing to promote the profession? How many reporters in those same courts have to call in an outside agency to provide daily copy because they can't do it or aren't willing to do it? How many freelance reporters do we know that will never ever be able to provide realtime services because their "dictionary isn't built up" or they're "afraid to do it"?
To those reporters, I say, WAKE UP!!!!
While there are other ways of making a record in other parts of the world, I still say the way to make it here in the U.S. is a live reporter. I'm not going to say with one hundred percent certainty that every single court here requires a court reporter. But, it falls on all of us to protect our profession. The choir is here in this organization and probably the ones that really need to hear this aren't even members. The ones that aren't doing what they can to promote themselves and the profession.....well, let's just say that maybe you should reconsider your job and what you're doing.
I can't sit here and judge everyone because I don't have all the initials after my name. But, what I've done this semester is re-enrolled in the local community college and am taking the high-speed dictation class....yeah, that's right, I'm going back to school......so that I can better myself and try to get some of the other initials after my name. That being said, I haven't sat around for 24 years and sat back on my laurels and done nothing to promote myself or improve myself as a reporter. By the way, I have passed every single test I've taken here in school so far; so, I've still got it. That made me feel so good.
Now, with all that in mind, I think that NCRA and also TCRA should consider a time limit on how long a person can retain their license before having to re-take the test. Doctors who are board certified have to re-take their exams. Why not reporters. Maybe that would wake up some of the reporters to the fact that they do, indeed, need to retain and update their skills and do what they can to better themselves.
Now, I'm just an ol' country boy from nowhere, but I'm calling out everyone here.......ARE YOU DOING WHAT YOU CAN TO PROMOTE THIS PROFESSION??? WAKE UP, PLEASE.