From the Secretary
Technology is the buzzword, and it changes monthly, if not daily. The caption industry is changing, too. Professional voice writers are more readily accepted, and lately, with the advancement of technology, ASR (automatic speech recognition) has developed to the point that it is a viable alternative to provide captions as well.
Did I mention that I’m a voice writer? Back in the day, captioners and CART providers were steno writers and court reporters. Associations were created to educate and certify court reporters.
Fast forward to the present. After a year of membership in an association, I decided it wasn’t for me. I had a different vision for myself. I wanted to caption. I wanted an association that would address certification and education in the world of captioning. So, for a long time, I worked on the fringes of the industry, first as a CART provider and eventually as a captioner. Anyone who knows me knows I never put stock in any association. I was focused instead on working as a CART captioner and meeting the quality standards of the companies for whom I worked.
One day last summer, on Facebook, I found the announcement of a new association, the Global Alliance. I thought, Why do we need another association? As I read about the founding members and their mission, I thought, Wow! An association embracing voice writers. Who would have thought? I liked the mission! This alliance leaves out no one – all are welcome. At last! So, I read, and I listened and spoke with a couple of members, and then I joined. Yes, me – the person who refused to join any association. But wait. It doesn’t end there. I volunteered to become Secretary, and I’m on two committees. Who would have thought?
If you are a voice writer and are reading this newsletter, you’re probably asking what changed my mind. It’s time for voice writers to embrace an association that’s willing to work for you, an association that listens to you and an association that will set the industry standard by developing proper assessment and testing for all methods of captioning. To put it simply, an association that welcomes you as the true professional that you are.
My trip to Poland this year opened my eyes to what “Global” truly means. Global Alliance members are from the US, Canada, Australia and Spain. We are caption providers and consumers, as well as industry representatives, advocates and educators. It’s time to reassess and think about the future. You can do that by joining this cutting-edge association that welcomes everyone. I invite you to join the leading professional authority on speech-to-text captioning. That is the Global Alliance! I’m proud to be a member, and I know you will be too. Join us today!