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2016 PCRA Regional Seminar : October 15  

Hampton Inn

Mercer, PA

Back by popular demand! PCRA is hosting a regional workshop on Saturday, October 15 in Mercer.  Register now!




2017 PCRA Convention : March 31 - April 2

The Doubletree Resort by Hilton Hotel Lancaster

Lancaster, PA

Save the date and make plans to attend!  

Registration Opens January 2017.



2016 PCRA Membership Campaign

Visit the Join/Renew page for information about joining PCRA or renewing your membership for 2016!


**NEW April 2016 Update of Rule 4000**

The New Rules Governing PA Court Reporting Services

Please note that PCRA is fighting for all Pennsylvania reporters, but as member dues are funding this fight, updated information on Rule 4000 is only accessible by current members on the Rule 4000 tab under the Community page of this website.   

Once you are logged in to the website on the left side of this page, click here to go straight to the Rule 4000 tab on the Community page.

If you're not already a PCRA member, we hope you'll join PCRA or renew your membership and add to our strength! If your membership is current, and you need your member ID # to log in, please contact PCRA headquarters by emailing


Every reporter across the Commonwealth should be involved and supporting PCRA, both financially and with ideas and suggestions on this and other issues.


PCRA is grateful to those reporters, officials and freelancers, who have stepped to the plate and have worked so hard in recent months for the benefit of all reporters. There is strength in numbers and that's where we'll have the most chance at success.


Job Openings 


Mercer County will have an opening for a full-time Court Reporter beginning August 1.  For more information click here.  


2016 Court Reporting & Captioning Week

February 14-20
Pennsylvania had several things going on for Court Reporting & Captioning Week:
Community College of Allegheny County participated in the Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition, a relationship Mary Beth Johnson, the 2014 CASE Award of Excellence winner, started in 1989. CCAC’s court reporting students were the reporters during the mock trials and Marjorie Peters, RMR, CRR, RSA realtimed the presentations.
Luzerne Community College had working reporters, including Tara Russo, RPR, and Karin Murphy Volpitta, visiting their students that week for a question and answer session, and they have sent copies of the CRTakeNote flyers to area high schools to promote the court reporting profession.
PCRA was an exhibitor at the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association convention on February 18 and 19 in Hershey, PA. Reporters demonstrating RT at the convention include NCRA President-Elect Tiva Wood, RDR, CMRS, FAPR, Heather Artz, RMR, CRR, Cheryl Hansberry, RDR, CRR, CCP, Suzanne Walinsky, and Kathy McHugh, RPR, CRR, CCR-NJ.
PCRA was also an exhibitor at the Conference of County Bar Leaders.  Representing the court reporting profession during this convention was Pat Grey, RPR, Susan Kiniry, RMR, and Linda Larson, RPR, CLR, CSR–WI.
PCRAalso sent copies of the CRTakeNote flyers to all our members, asking them to post them in their courthouses, public gathering spots, community centers, etc.

Finally, PCRA’s President Kathy McHugh took part in the College of Court Reporting’s conference call entitled “Meet the Presidents”, a roundtable discussion with other state leaders across the country intended to answer questions from students.


Court Reporting on the Radio

Gavin Jenkins, a freelance writer based in Pittsburgh, attended PCRA’s convention earlier this year for research on an article he was writing on court reporting. Thanks to all who sat with Gavin at seminars and answered his questions.

Gavin also was a guest at NCRA’s convention this past August in New York where he gathered more information and he has now had his article published on www.vice.comHere's the link to the article.

Gavin was recently a guest on New Hampshire Public Radio on the show Word of Mouth where he spoke about the profession of court reporting and some of the challenges we are facing. Click here for a link to the interview.


Court Reporting in the News

On September 1, 2015, CBS 21 out of New Cumberland, PA ran an exciting segment about court reporting. This is great publicity for the profession and a terrific way of spreading the word about the need for students.

Click here to view the piece and please consider sharing it with everyone you know via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

This all came about because a friend of PCRA mentioned court reporting to a news reporter she knew and provided some background information. Please think about what YOU can do to help support our profession!

A Message from NCRA about Students

NCRA headquarters has been flooded with requests from students who would like to join NCRA under the Student Sponsorship Program. Through member sponsorships, NCRA has created a way for students to join NCRA for their first year at no cost to them. However due to high demand, there is currently a waitlist, and the students need help from you.For only $65 per student, you can help a future court reporter gain access to the following:

  • An online mentorship program
  • Deep discounts to NCRA certifications
  • A Staples discount that will allow them to purchase school supplies
  • Discounts on store items like the RPR Study Guide
  • Ability to use the student rate for the NCRA Annual Convention

To sponsor a student, click here for NCRA's form and return the completed form to

Please consider helping NCRA ensure the future of our profession is strong. Let's help our students become a part of this wonderful community! 

PCRA Announces Updated Student Mentor Program

As many of you know, serving as a mentor is a very rewarding experience and certainly, having an engaged mentor can make a huge difference for a student. PCRA is happy to announce that the Student Mentor Program has been updated with the creation of online forms that will make it easier for mentors to volunteer and students to request a mentor. Guidelines for both mentors and student “mentees” have also been developed. All the information is on the Community page on the PCRA website, but can also be accessed from the home page by using the button to the left, underneath the login box.

Court Case of Interest for Pennsylvania Reporters
A Philadelphia trial judge, in an issue of first impression, ruled lawyers, not clients, are responsible for paying court reporting costs.

Please click on the link below to read the full article. If you don't already have a free digital membership to ALM (the publisher of The Legal Intelligencer and other publications), you'll need to sign up to read the article.


NCRA's Take Note Campaign
We are excited to share this article in the JCR about NCRA's new Take Note campaign.

Don't forget to watch the video at the end!

Take Note campaign continues to pick up traction

NCRA's Take Note campaign, launched last month to push the court reporting profession into the national spotlight, continues to spark the interest of media outlets nationwide. Fox News became the latest media outlet to showcase the profession's growing employment opportunities in a special report on companies that are hiring that aired Oct. 7 on its Fox & Friends program. In the segment, the reporter notes the findings by research firm Ducker Worldwide that an additional 5,500 jobs are expected to open up across the country in the next five years. Fox & Friends is currently the #1 ranked morning show, according to cable news ratings. NCRA's Take Note campaign was built around the research findings to support the future of court reporting through national advertising and public relations outreach. The program targets potential students and asks them to consider entering a profession that promises to offer an abundance of job opportunities in the coming years. WATCH THE VIDEO 





Congratulations to Pennsylvania Reporters with New Certifications!

PCRA would like to congratulate Jessica Salada from Etters, PA on earning her RPR. Congratulations to your achievement!

Information about National Verbatim Reporters Association Remote Testing


Click here for information about remote testing for CART and captioning testers.



PCRA is proud to announce its partnership with the Flight 93 National Memorial Oral History and Documentation Project.  The project is entering its final nine months of a grant period and the project assistants have conducted more than 800 interviews with people associated with Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  We have an opportunity to assist with this project in the same way we have worked on the Veteran’s Oral History Project.  Pennsylvania will take the lead and recruit reporters to transcribe these interviews so the stories are preserved for future generations!  These interviews cannot be used until a transcript is completed and signed off on by the interviewee.  Time is of the essence.  We are looking for volunteers to transcribe these interviews. 
Donna S. Cascio, RMR, CMRS and Susan E. Kiniry, RMR, of our organization are spearheading this very important project. Please contact them and indicate your willingness to volunteer. Donna can be reached at and Susan can be reached at
A complete set of guidelines, forms and other information is available at the bottom of this page.

PCRA HAS AMAZING MEMBER DISCOUNTS! JOIN NOW to take advantage of these MEMBER-ONLY discounts which can save you hundreds of dollars on things you use for your job.
  • 15 to 25% savings on Office Depot items
  • 10% off Pengad products
  • 15 to 25% off selected ProCAT products
  • 20% off Reporting Solutions' PDF-it subscription service
  • 25% off the set-up fee for RepAgencyWorks Court Reporting Management Software
Click here to see all the details on the Member Discounts page. 



Court Reporters Demonstrate their superior skills

If you have ever wondered how the closed captions "appear" on the television, this video will show you a couple of the country's best court reporters/captioners and how fast they can write.  You will be amazed! Check it out! Click on the video below!



Court Reporting in the News as a growing and profitable career!

MyFox Atlanta
Carlette Jennings, from the Brown College of Court Reporting, joined the Good Day Atlanta crew to talk about a somewhat surprisingly lucrative career in the world of court reporting! CLICK ON THE VIDEO Below TO WATCH THIS FULL REPORT!




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NCRA Key Points for Online Testing: WORD File
Post Date: 9/27/2014
Volunteer Hours Log: PDF File
Post Date: 3/23/2014
PCRA Flight 93 Transcription Guidelines: PDF File
Post Date: 3/23/2014
PA Court Reporters Volunteer Form: PDF File
Post Date: 3/22/2014
Oral History Description Doc2: PDF File
Post Date: 3/22/2014
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Post Date: 3/22/2014
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