President's Message:

  

    

Colleagues,

As we celebrate Court Reporting & Captioning Week 2020, we are reminded of our “becoming a stenographer” journeys.  My favorite part of court reporting school was watching the transformation of my peers.  As high-speed students transitioned to internships, they arrived to class polished in blazers, beaming about their day.  Exposure to courtrooms and high-rise views inspired that final push beyond 225, and we were thrilled for their bright futures and endless possibilities.

Becoming a stenographer brought me to the classroom setting, teaching me to advocate for the deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers who rely on accurate captions.  Becoming a stenographer landed me a front-row seat to courtroom proceedings and cases ranging from railroads to natural disasters to celebrities.  

In researching steno keyboards to include on our annual Court Reporting & Captioning Week poster, I discovered all sorts of fun facts in addition to the international keyboards.  In some countries, trials for witchcraft still take place.  In some countries, depositions are not permitted.  We should be grateful for our sophisticated justice system as we celebrate our career serving the judiciary.

The Florida Court Reporters Association has played a pivotal role in my professional development.  FCRA has become a second family, welcoming from the moment I arrived at my very first convention.  We encourage and elevate one another in our passion for this profession.  FCRA has provided continuing education that allows me to be more efficient and a whole army of mentors to call on when searching for policy or procedure.  Every year we come together for conventions that excite, and this summer’s trip to Key Largo will be one for the record books.

In 2020 we are celebrating Court Reporting & Captioning Week in an extra special way.  Billboards in Tampa and Orlando will highlight our special week and celebrate a career that takes you places you could have never dreamed.  I encourage you to share with us stories of the coolest places your machines have taken you.  My most noteworthy CART assignment was being onsite when President Obama came to UNF; second most memorable, projecting captions for an event at a TV station and later being introduced to my favorite NPR radio host. 

Becoming a stenographer develops character, resilience, drive, determination.  I look forward to celebrating with all of you the magic of steno and a career that serves a crucial role in so many facets of our modern society.

With gratitude,

Amy Marie Yarbrough, FPR
President, FCRA