NCRA to create international keyboarding team

The National Court Reporters Association, the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters and captioners, has announced that it is creating a team representing the United States and Canada to compete in the international Keyboarding Championship by Internet being hosted from March 31 through May 9 by Intersteno, the International Federation for Information and Communication Processing.

This year’s event, which challenges participants to prove their typing speeds on the traditional QWERTY keyboard, marks the 13th year the international organization has held the
competition. Team NCRA will compete on April 18.

“This international event is a great opportunity for students and NCRA members to showcase their skills on a world stage,” said Jim Cudahy, NCRA’s executive president and CEO.

“NCRA is the official group designated to represent the United States within Intersteno, and we work alongside the federation year-round to ensure that the interests and needs of U.S. stenographic reporters are served. Participating in this unique event is just one of many ways to do that.”

The contest draws thousands of participants in 16 languages from around the world and consists of 10 minutes of QWERTY text entry using software available on the Intersteno website, and two types of championships: mother tongue, where competitors write in their native language, and multilingual where competitors can take part in two or more of the 16 available languages. Once the competition closes, participants are able to review the results and how they ranked in the contest.

For more information or to register to participate in the contest through Team NCRA, visit www.NCRA.org. The cost to register for the English competition is $7, while the cost to register for the multilingual competition is $10. Registration for Team NCRA closes on March 27.

For more information about Intersteno, visit www.intersteno.org.

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