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This isn’t the first time some of our Council has had a virtual meeting but it is the first time it’s been forced and the first time we’ve used the Zoom platform. It worked seamlessly!

We had a very productive morning talking shop, sipping tea, and having the usual laughs (and applauding each other)!

Enjoy your Sunday, everyone.

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Delighted to announce we are working with the captioning firm MyClearText to provide a workshop entitled “From Court to Captioning”...

Are you a stenographer who is au fait with the legal world of realtime reporting but would like to learn about another area of the profession, i.e. captioning? Or maybe you’re already a captioner but are interested in honing your tech skills and learning about the different platforms which are used to provide live captions? Are you realtime-ready, or working towards it, and think that it’s time to come out of your comfort zone? Or perhaps you are interested in learning some new tips & tricks, along with some new skills? If your answer is Yes to any of these questions, then have we got something for YOU!

“From Court to Captioning” is a workshop we are happy to be running in conjunction with the team at MyClearText. Not only are both the directors of MyClearText, Orla Pearson and Elaine McCarthy, BIVR members, but between them they have 50 years’ experience in managing and training reporters in transitioning from being court reporters to becoming captioners at the BBC and elsewhere, as well as being highly proficient captioners themselves.

The world of captioning (also known as Speech-to-Text Reporting here in the UK) has moved at an extremely rapid pace over the last few years, as has technology, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. As stenographers, we need to be at the top of our game, and that means knowing our software, our equipment, and how it all works with other technology. This workshop will give you an introduction to the software/technology/platforms and equipment currently in use in the captioning field, both onsite and remote.

Why not come along, learn a thing or two, network with other like-minded professionals, and be able to say you can do everything From Court to Captioning. There will also be a brief section on NRCPD (National Register for Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People) and what being on the register means for captioners in the UK.

We are rather excited about this as it has been quite a while since a workshop of this kind has been offered, so come along and get up to date with all things captioning.

Additionally, this workshop is open to everyone, not just those in the UK and not just BIVR members. With captioners and reporters scattered over mainland Europe, we realise travel is a little disconcerting at the moment, and that is likely to continue for the foreseeable; so for those outside the UK we will be offering attendance via Skype (or another platform yet to be determined). Indeed, if you’re even further afield than the Continent, you, too, can attend.

Obviously there’s nothing like being in the room in person for any demos, etc, not to mention the networking and chinwagging which will be going on, but we do understand the issues with travelling internationally for now and in the coming months.

1. CPD points are being offered for anyone needing them.
2. This is a business expense.
3. There, of course, will be fun thrown in.

Please see the e-flyer for more details.

And have a great weekend.

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With the announcement of INTERSTENO’s next Congress being held in Maastricht in July next year, we think the video from Sardinia in 2019 is worth sharing again:

What a fantastic roundup of the 52nd Congress of INTERSTENO in Cagliari, Sardinia...

If you were/are unsure whether to attend, then this 10-minute video should help you make your mind up for Congress 2021 (host city yet to be announced). The video proves just what an all-inclusive, international, and exciting event Congress really is. Whilst the competitions play a major part, with fast fingers flying in from all over the world, there’s also plenty of activities, seminars and fun to be had for those who don’t wish to compete.

The camaraderie of Congress really shines through in this video ❤️.

🤲🏻 🌎 🤲🏻 🌏 🤲🏻 🌍 🤲🏻

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