Advocating for digital reporting or other non-stenographic reporting methods could cost you a fellows title, according to a proposed amendment from the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). Critics say the amendment will intimidate court reporters from leveraging new technology, but the NCRA argues it’s trying to limit bad-mouthing from high-ranking members.

In April the NCRA board of directors proposed amendments to its constitution and bylaws that would require potential candidates for fellowship “at all time[s]“ to support the purpose of the NCRA, “including to promote verbatim stenographic reporting technologies over alternative reporting methods.” Similarly, a fellow can be removed of their designation if they are promoting alternatives to verbatim stenographic reporting tech.

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