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Please take note!  All of our work is now provided over the internet. What a change from when we started captioning 29 y...
05/04/2022
The countdown to the end of copper POTS lines has begun

Please take note! All of our work is now provided over the internet. What a change from when we started captioning 29 years ago!

The countdown to the end of copper POTS lines has begun May 2, 2022 By Carol Studenmund FCC Order 19-72A1 releases telephone carriers from obligations to maintain copper POTS lines as of August 2, 2022. POTS stands for Plain Old Telephone Service. For decades, captioning data has been delivered to c...

03/08/2022

We received some very nice client feedback today at the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners meeting.

"Now Jeston Black will provide an overview of the legislative session and how that might impact our local work.
>> JESTON: First, I would like to give a shout-out to the closed captioner spelling my name correctly, which is amazing.
[Laughter]
>> JESTON: Thank you."

Marina Hovious, Board Clerk
Multnomah County Commissioners

Great job, Chad Ludwig.
01/06/2022
New Protactile language emerges in Oregon

Great job, Chad Ludwig.

The DeafBlind Institute at Western Oregon University recently received $2.1 million to help train interpreters in Protactile, a language created by DeafBlind people.

Well, this was a great find this morning in my emails.  Tevin H. Green works for our court reporting firm, and we are so...
12/08/2021
New Professional Profile: Tevin Green

Well, this was a great find this morning in my emails. Tevin H. Green works for our court reporting firm, and we are so blessed to have him with us. And the person who interviewed Tevin is Kendra Steppler, and she worked for us while she was in court reporting school.

New Professional Profile: Tevin Green December 5, 2021 Tevin Green By Kendra Steppler Tevin Green lives in Vancouver, Wash., where he works as a freelance reporter. He graduated from Sumner College in Portland, Ore., and has been an NCRA member since 2015. KS | Why did you choose to become a court ...

11/12/2021

LNS Captioning needs to expand our group of captioners. I know, who doesn't? Here's what one of our captioners said about us just this week: "I think you pay very well, your prep is topnotch, and you're all great to work with."
NCRA certifications are desired, but if you don't have them, contact me anyway. I know great captioners who do not have their certifications.
Carol at LNS Captioning dot com.
Thanks.

Court reporting and captioning are great careers!
11/04/2021
Steno Talk podcast surpasses 11k plays, continues to grow

Court reporting and captioning are great careers!

Steno Talk podcast surpasses 11k plays, continues to grow November 1, 2021 Steno Talk host Anna Mar NCRA member Anna Mar, a freelancer from San Antonio, Texas, first learned about court reporting as a receptionist in an emergency room after starting a conversation with a patient’s daughter who was...

You may have heard we had a heat wave the last two or three days.  It's only going to get up to 97 today.  Only. One of ...
06/29/2021

You may have heard we had a heat wave the last two or three days. It's only going to get up to 97 today. Only.

One of our staff members has no AC at home. She is staying at a hotel near the office, which allows pets. Miss Kitty is hanging out at the office today. It's a busy day for the court reporting side of the business, so Miss Kitty is sharing an office with Katie Williamson. I hear she's even helping answer the phones.

Portland so often has so much rain in June, we call it Junuary. Not this year!

Great story about a captioner working in the Washington, D.C. court system. Way to go, Juanita Price!
05/05/2021
First to provide remote CART in District of Columbia Superior Court

Great story about a captioner working in the Washington, D.C. court system. Way to go, Juanita Price!

First to provide remote CART in District of Columbia Superior Court May 3, 2021 Juanita Price, RPR Juanita Price, RPR, an official and CART captioner from Gainesville, Va., was recently recognized for being the first CART captioner at the District of Columbia Superior Court to provide remote CART. S...

Happy National ASL Day 2021!!
04/15/2021
National ASL Day | What is National ASL Day?

Happy National ASL Day 2021!!

On April 15, 1817, the first lasting school for the deaf in the United States opened. Students gathered there over the years and at subsequent deaf schools across our nation. The children intermingled Native American Signs, French Sign Language, and Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language. This process br...

04/15/2021

Here's a wonderful update on the State of Washington bill about captioning from my friend Dean Olson:

Good morning,

The “Turn on the TV Captions” bill is on its way to the governor’s desk now.

Thank you for helping support this. After passing the House with all yes votes, it passed the Senate with all yes votes. It was a bipartisan effort. If there’s anything to do, it is to please email thank-you to the senator and the two representatives who represented you on this.

After Governor Inslee signs it, it appears Washington State will be the first state in the country to require we turn on the TV captions for public places.

Thank you,

Dean

April 14, 2021 - Senate concurred in House amendments.
04/14/2021
You are subscribed to SB 5027 for Washington State Legislature Bills. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
April 14, 2021 - Senate concurred in House amendments.
Bill Description - Television closed captions
April 14, 2021 - Passed final passage; yeas, 48; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 1.
04/14/2021
You are subscribed to SB 5027 for Washington State Legislature Bills. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
April 14, 2021 - Passed final passage; yeas, 48; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 1.
Bill Description - Television closed captions

04/11/2021

Another update from our friend Dean Olson about turning the captions on in all public places in Washington. It's good that he reminds us to thank Senator Pedersen who moved this bill along.

Good morning,

Presently, the amended ‘Turn on the TV captions’ bill, SB 5027, is waiting to be scheduled for a final senate vote. I was advised we might want to take one, additional minor step to thank the Senator for his support and gently nudge to help schedule it for the senate vote.

The link to the Senate “Turn on the TV Captions bill,” aka SB 5027 is here.

On 12 April 2015: if possible, please send thank you for supporting SB 5027 - via email and phone – to Senator Pederson. Here is his information:

Pedersen, Jamie, (360) 786-7628, [email protected].

Please thank him for his support. This will help encourage him to help schedule this bill. This will help give him reassurance that we support this effort and help us express our thanks for their work.

Though the support is strong, and some have said this should pass, I believe if we take one more step to call Senator Pederson, we’ll help get this to the senate floor. Last year, several good bills didn’t make it to the final vote and the session ended too soon; ending those bills. I hope we can help nudge this to the final vote.

This will be the final email request on this issue.

Also, we might perhaps thank our representatives and senators, plus their staff, as well. This bill is the first to require TV captions in public spaces in one of the 50 US states. It was good to help contribute to the bill’s passing. 😊

Thank you,

Dean

Here's an update on the State of Washington bill to require captions be turned on in public places, and it's good news: ...
04/06/2021
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Here's an update on the State of Washington bill to require captions be turned on in public places, and it's good news:

Mid-morning, today (4/5), the WA State “Turn on the TV Captions” bill passed the WA State House 97-0. While I was at work, several wrote to tell me they helped. Even folks from Dallas, TX and Portland, OR stepped up too!

This bill, originally sponsored and introduced by members of both parties, has bipartisan support. I hope this bill will be a model for other states, too.

The bill’s information is here: SB 5027.

While in the WA State House, the bill was amended. It is going back to the Senate for a second vote (to approve the amended version). It originally passed 48-1 there. The lone no vote was from one of Whatcom County’s senators. It has a good chance to make the WA State governor’s desk now.

Thank you,

Dean Olson
www.wash-cap.com

Washington State Communication Access Project is a non-profit dedicated to enabling hard-of-hearing persons to fully enjoy public venues through captioning.

So many people use captions these days. There is no one audience, but many. People who can't hear, people who are learni...
04/06/2021
Why your brain loves closed captioning

So many people use captions these days. There is no one audience, but many. People who can't hear, people who are learning English, people who want to keep the sound down, people on the train or bus, and the list goes on.

Captioning has taken off among the non-hearing impaired — and for good reason

04/05/2021

Hi, friends. The State of Washington Legislature is considering a bill that would require captions be turned on in public places across the state. Here's the latest about the bill. Action is needed.
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SB 5027, the bill to turn on the TV Captions, (link: here), is ready to go to the WA State House for a vote.

The TV Captions bill made it to the House floor and has yet to be scheduled. I heard that WA State Representative Timm Ormsby, from Spokane, is the ‘gatekeeper’ for the bills as they make it to the floor. Because there House amended the bill, it must pass the Senate again. The deadline is Sunday, 11 April 2021 for the House vote (so it can be sent back to the senate).

Action request: Please call and email Representative Timm Ormsby. Please ask him to “schedule the vote for SB 5027, the TV Captions Bill). His information is:

(360) 786-7946
[email protected] (and/or legislative aids, [email protected] and [email protected]).

Thank you. I believe this is the final request we make for help. 😊 It made it through the Senate, both of the House committees, and needs the WA State House vote to send it back for one final vote in the WA State Senate before the session ends. We’re close but with this extra help, we might make it.
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Dean Olson, thanks for the update!

This is a story about a wonderful court reporter. She wasn't a captioner, but we are all of the same tribe of people. We...
02/21/2021
Bring it home for Monyeen Black

This is a story about a wonderful court reporter. She wasn't a captioner, but we are all of the same tribe of people. We are passionate about speed and accuracy and capturing every word and making sure we creat either an accurate record or very accurate and readable captions. To Monyeen Black.

Bring it home for Monyeen Black February 16, 2021 Monyeen Black By Michael Bouley What does love look like to you? Lots of us love our profession. Some of us love to practice. We all do our best to love one another. This is a story about love. Love for all those things, yes. But especially love for....

Friends here in Oregon, KOIN and KGW started using automated speech recognition software (ASR) to create their live capt...
02/12/2021
Captioning Committee call to action

Friends here in Oregon, KOIN and KGW started using automated speech recognition software (ASR) to create their live captioning on their local program. If you love the ASR, great. If you're not happy with the ASR captions, please let the station and the FCC know your thoughts. Check out this article from the National Court Reporting and Captioning Association about filing comments and feedback, known as complaints, with the FCC.

Captioning Committee call to action February 8, 2021 Last month the NCRA Captioning Committee sent a call to action encouraging NCRA members to participate in a letter-writing campaign to the Federal Communications Commission’s Disability Rights Office (FCC DRO). The goal of the letter, which was ...

01/26/2021

It's about time!

Chrysta Bailey is one of our wonderful caption coordinators. They're the folks who keep everything running smoothly for ...
12/31/2020

Chrysta Bailey is one of our wonderful caption coordinators. They're the folks who keep everything running smoothly for our clients, our consumers, and our captioners. Every year, she and her wonderful Jesse make amazing holiday cards featuring their cats. We hope you enjoy this one.

This local company didn't just make lemonade out of the lemons 2020 dished out, they made a lemon souffle!  We had the p...
12/31/2020
Portland's Brandlive pivoted to virtual events, powered Joe Biden's digital campaign - Portland Business Journal

This local company didn't just make lemonade out of the lemons 2020 dished out, they made a lemon souffle! We had the pleasure of working with them on a few projects this year. Best wishes to everyone for a good 2021.

[email protected] transformed in 2020 into a virtual event company and hit it big with a successful partnership powering the digital events of the Joe Biden presidential campaign. The company is taking that momentum into 2021 with big growth plans.

Interesting news from captioners around the country about their workload during the pandemic.
12/09/2020
Busy captioners adding jobs during quarantine

Interesting news from captioners around the country about their workload during the pandemic.

A recent JCR Weekly poll question asked captioners if they have been adding new types of jobs during COVID-19. The results showed that some captioners are finding new work, but 28.6 percent are working less.

A fun article from our national association's Journal of Court Reporting and Captioning.
10/21/2020
Thank you for your (volunteer) service

A fun article from our national association's Journal of Court Reporting and Captioning.

NCRA would like to thank those members who have graciously volunteered their time to caption events ranging from Town Halls with the president to the numerous webinars the Association has made and continues to make available to members. Here’s a special shout-out to those volunteers:

Hey, check this out!  A judge ordered the White House to include ASL interpreters in COVID briefings.  I'm glad the folk...
09/11/2020
Judge Orders White House to Include Sign Language in Covid Briefings

Hey, check this out! A judge ordered the White House to include ASL interpreters in COVID briefings. I'm glad the folks who need the service persisted to get what they need. Great job!

The Trump administration may have violated federal law by not including American Sign Language interpretation in televised briefings on the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge in Washington ruled…

09/02/2020
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05/20/2020

From a recent City Council meeting in Eugene, Oregon.

Council Member Betty Taylor is not a huge fan of Zoom. She wants to meet (safely) in person, she doesn't like the technology. She is 94 years old and not running for reelection this year.

Finally the Mayor asked if she had a question.

>> Council Member Taylor: I'm tired of being ignored, actually.
>> Mayor: I'm not intentionally ignoring you.
>> Council Member Smith: Use the raise-your-hand button, Betty.
>> Council Member Taylor: I raised it, I waved it.
>> Council Member Smith: No, the electronic one.
>> Council Member Taylor: I don't have an electronic hand.

We hear you, Betty.

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About ready for day 2 of #ThoughtLeadershipSummit2020. Thank you to all our sponsors Artisan Auctions, Swaim Strategies Beth Sandefur Events The AV Department Mitch-Stuart, Inc. Streamline Support Inc. Little Green Light @LNS Captioning Don't forget the Social Media Contest for attendees!
A big thank you to everyone who joined us at The ACLU of Oregon #LibertyDinner to celebrate 100 years of The ACLU. It was inspiring to be in a room full of advocates and activists working to push against this administration's cruel policies. We want to thank all of the advocates who joined us to make this a special event. Thank you to the Oregon Convention Center for the food and venue. (And extra-special thanks to the catering team who work so hard to ensure everything is perfect!) Thank you to KLiK Concepts for capturing the evening and thank you Geranium Lake Flowers for the centerpieces. Thanks to CM Hall and Lydia Pickard for ASL interpreting, and to LNS Captioning for the live captioning during the event. Thank you to The AV Department for the incredible show production, along with two powerful videos. Thank you to Streamline Support Inc. and Greater Giving for a smooth registration. Thank you to Quest for the beautiful stage set and to Morel Ink for all of the printing. Lastly, a big thank you to Thomas Curtis of plusequalsmedia for the incredible event design, and to DJ Deena Bee for spinning great tunes for the night. Thank you, all!
Last weekend, we had the great honor of joining the #RealCollege movement. Thank you to Sara Goldrick-Rab for including us and to The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice for their incredible thought leadership. We'd also like to give a big shoutout to The AV Department for all of their support with filming, the live stream and making sure the 2-day conference ran smoothly. Also, thank you to LNS Captioning for live captioning the event, The Sketch Effect for their graphic recording, GISI for printing all the program materials, I Heart Food and Jimmieka Mills for catering the conference and Whova and myRollCall for helping us keep registration and book sales streamlined.
How did I not know about this page? Glad I'm here now :)
**Career Opportunity!** Intake and Scheduling Coordinator LNS provides access to the spoken word to all members of the community by captioning live television broadcasts and events and preparing post-production captions for film and video. Working for LNS isn’t just about having a fulfilling job though; it’s a commitment to our community, the highest ethics and Gold Level sustainability. LNS is about a great way of life! We are seeking to add to our team a person who can ensure timely responses and follow through with customers requesting service, taking in and processing all new jobs and events and assigning captioners to these events. Do you have a knack for communicating effectively with customers and co-workers? Do you have exceptional follow-through? Do you have a strong sense of ownership in the work that you do and take pride in managing all the little details? With LNS, it’s more than just putting in the time and effort. In everything we do we take pride in our reputation for being the best. Every day is about seeing opportunities and building best practices! We are a growing company. If you see yourself building a reputation in the captioning community and growing with us, then we want to hear from you! Hours: Monday – Friday, 10am-5pm with the potential for increased hours. Areas of Responsibilities include: •Adding jobs to the client scheduling & billing system •Working ahead to staff future client jobs and events •Entering into the client scheduling system all events, shows and other activities •Reaching out by phone to clients for schedule confirmations •Contacting captioners for scheduling confirmation in a time-sensitive manner •Working with Coordination Staff to ensure coverage of all events •Sending out event info forms to client; inputting information into events as they comes in •Working with Coordination Staff, clients, and upper management to finalize events •Maintaining talent tracking for all events •Acting as client point of contact for scheduling •Providing backup for on-call coordinator for breaks and time away from the office Requirements: •Proven customer service skills •Proven organizational skills; ability to prioritize workload •Ability to communication effectively via phone, text and email in a consistently professional and timely manner •Time Matters scheduling/billing software experience a plus •College or community college degree. Certificate in office management is preferred. Salary: $18.00/hour We provide benefits including: •Generous Flexible time off (FTO) – Paid •Generous Holiday Pay •Your birthday off – Paid! •Health insurance – LNS pays half the monthly premium •Dental/vision insurance – employee funded •125 plan Flex-Spending Plan for pre-tax healthcare and child-care expenses, among many other health-related expenses •401(k) •Continued education/certification reimbursement •Tri-Met passes are subsidized by LNS •Long-term disability insurance •Life insurance Send resumes to [email protected]. LNS Captioning is an EEO/AA Employer.
LNS just saved the day! Thanks Neva!