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September 30, 2021 | Back to News and Documents

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From the Chair
As we approach the last quarter of 2021, I reflect back and wonder:  Where has the    year gone? However, the more important question is: What are the plans for the    future?  The Global Alliance is working hard on the details to be able to roll out our   certification program in early 2022. This is one of the main reasons the Global  Alliance was formed, to have a program where consumers and purchasers of captioning services could make informed decisions on procuring quality captioning.
Our certification program will be based on the NER model, which stands for number,  edition and recognition errors. The Global Alliance has two members who are certified evaluators for the NER model. This model was created by Pablo Romero-Fresco, one of our Founding Members. It is in use in Canada and Australia and some countries in the European Union. Follow us on our social media channels, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, as we will be holding live sessions to explain this model. We encourage you to join and ask questions!
We will also be holding “Empower Hour” sessions going forward. These live, one-hour sessions will have a topic of focus. These virtual gatherings are designed to grow our captioning community and help educate the public at-large. Again, stay tuned to our social media channels for more information.
The Global Alliance is not short on ideas! However, we are short on manpower to help bring all these great ideas to fruition. If you are passionate about quality captioning, help us make a difference. Join us as a member today and get involved. Advocacy takes a village! The Global Alliance is the exact organization, due to the nature of its membership model, to help raise awareness. Consumers, advocates and professionals all banding together to make a difference!
Did you Know?
The Global Alliance website has an Events page? Here you’ll find everything from announcements of upcoming Global Alliance meetings and events to links for webinars, conferences and gatherings of interest to captioners and caption consumers.
Do you have information you’d like us to share on our Events page? Just email us the details at
Bylaws UPDATE!
A voting poll was sent out to all members detailing the request to change our bylaws to combine the Secretary and Treasury positions due to the difficulty in filling the position of Secretary and filling the Chair-elect position.
There was good discussion to be had in the email; however due to the lack of having a complete quorum, we could not move forward with updating the bylaws.  Twenty-eight of the 72 active members voted, and a minimum of 36 participants was required to get the quorum needed.  The bylaws will stay the same. 
Julia Emerson has moved to Chair-elect, and the Secretary position remains open.  We need someone to step into this position.  Please volunteer or suggest someone to your board so we can continue to move forward efficiently will all positions filled.

Global Alliance Webinar Series Recordings
Still Available

Our Webinar Series may have concluded, but you still have access to all six webinars. Recordings are available to purchase and view on demand, with open captions.
  • “Innovation and Software: Tools for Realtime and Post-Production Captioning”
  • “Interlingual Subtitling, With and Without an Interpreter: A Respeaker’s Perspective”
  • “Know Your Audience” (realtime captioning from a consumer’s perspective)
  • “Captioning in a World with No Prep”
  • “Sports Captioning”
  • “Voice Captioning for Educators, Students & Professionals”
Are You a Captioning Service Provider?
Are You Looking for Captioning Services?
If you’re a Global Alliance member, and you provide captioning services, be sure you’ve added your information to our captioning service provider tab. Sign in at our website, then click "My Profile" and choose yes to “Display my contact information in the public directory.”
Are you looking for captioning services? Click the link below and visit our website. Global Alliance members in this directory are ready to provide you the highest quality captioning services, both realtime and post-production.
Not yet a Global Alliance member? Join now:
Newsletter Assistance Needed
If you have a talent for writing and editing, we need you! We’re looking for one or two Global Alliance members to take over preparing our newsletter, which is sent every two to four weeks. Your time commitment will be about four hours a month. 
Interested? Email us at today!
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