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How to Be a Professional Independent Captioner

Credit(s): 0.15 CEUs
Original Program Date: May 8, 2013
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Access: Available for 1 months after purchase
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    Inform attendees about challenges and rewards of working as an independent captioner, not a captioner employed by a specific company.

    Discussion will include:

    •    Tips on managing your daily schedule, and finding a balance between work and the rest of your life

    •    Best practices for managing your calendar with several clients

    •    Ideas for easy invoicing

    •    Keeping everything organized

    •    Equipment and software maintenance

    •    Staying organized for the tax man

    •    How do you keep all the stations and teams organized?

    •    Always keeping an eye on your caption quality

    •    Horror stories and how to avoid them

    •    What do agency owners look for in an independent contractor captioner?


    0.15 CEUs
    Deanna Baker, RMR, FAPR

    Deanna Baker graduated from the American Institute of Commerce, Bettendorf, Iowa, in 1981.  She reported as an official and freelance reporter in the Quad City area until 1983 when she moved to Seattle.  While in Washington state, she was an official for four years, owned her own freelance agency and worked with Larsen & Smith Court Reporters, as well as held offices within the Washington Shorthand Reporters Association, including President from 1992-1993.

    In 1992 Deanna founded Captioning Northwest, Inc., which provided realtime and captioning services, working with large corporations and universities providing captioning services as well as realtime in the classroom.  In 1994 Deanna moved to Tucson and began providing CART services at the University of Arizona working with deaf and hard of hearing students, as well as continuing her freelance captioning work.  In January of 1996 to March 2007, Deanna provided captioning services for the Tucson City Council Meetings.

    In addition Deanna captions national and international programming for a variety of news, sports, educational and corporate  programming across the country.  In 1999 Deanna was appointed to the Tucson Commission on Disability Issues.  In June of 2000 Deanna was elected to the Board of Trustees of Self Help for Hard of Hearing, Inc. (now Hearing Loss Association of America) and Secretary of the Board 2003-2004.  For 2001-2003, Deanna was chair of the NCRA Captioning Task Force and in 2004 was appointed to the NCRA Captioning Community of Interest and in 2005 was appointed Chair through 2012.  At the NCRA convention in 2005, Deanna was honored with being named a Fellow in the Academy of Professional Reporters.

    Currently, Deanna is a freelance realtime captioner/consultant residing in Flagstaff, Arizona.


    Tracy Reinke, RPR, CRR, CBC, CCP

    Tracy Reinke began providing CART  and captioning services in 1994 in Ontario, Canada.  Tracy has worked as an employee, but is currently working as an independent contractor in Arizona.  She serves on the NCRA Captioning Community of Interest Committee and has been a speaker at national and state court reporting conventions.  When not working, Tracy can be found outdoors usually doing something with horses.



    Lisa Richardson, RPR, CRR, CBC, CCP

    Lisa Richardson began captioning in 1988 for a local television station in Minnesota, and in 1990 began providing CART services.  Lisa was the first person in Minnesota to provide captioning and CART services. 


    Lisa is currently the director of CART and Captioning Services for Paradigm Reporting & Captioning, Inc.  During her career in CART and captioning, Lisa has been actively involved with the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Communities in Minnesota, and currently serves on the NRCA Captioning Community of Interest Committee. 


    In 2006, Lisa was awarded the Distinguished Service Award presented by MAVRC, the Minnesota Association of Verbatim Reporters and Captioners.


    Carol Studenmund, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP

    Carol Studenmund and Robin Nodland started what is now known as LNS Court Reporting in 1987, and LNS Captioning in 1992.  Carol moved into captioning full time in 1997.  She lives in Portland, Oregon, where the business has its headquarters.


    Carol has been active in both NCRA and the Oregon Court Reporters Association.  She has served as President, as both member and chair of the Legislative Committee, and Chief Examiner for the CRR exam given in Oregon, and been a speaker at many seminars.  She is currently the chair of NCRA’s Captioning Community of Interest.


    Carol also serves as a Commissioner on the Mount Hood Cable Regulatory Commission in Portland.  This commission is the local governing authority for negotiating cable contracts in the Portland area. 


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