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Broadcast Captioning Major

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
ENG124  College Composition
ITD122  Computer Applications for Professionals
AOT130  Communication & Transcription Skills
IRT121  Realtime Theory I
ENG230  Business Communication
ACC130  Business Law & Ethics
IRT Technical Elective
IRT122  Realtime Theory II
IRT229  Realtime Software Applications
IRT129  Speed Building I
IRT240  Short Writing Techniques
BIO101  Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology
BUS121  Business Administration
Non-Technical Elective
IRT230  Basic Broadcast Captioning
IRT130  Speed Building II
MTH108  Explorations in Modern Mathematics
IRT123  Speed Building III
IRT235  Advanced Broadcast Captioning
IRT232  JRC Internship
PSY121  General Psychology or SOC121 Sociology


The broadcast captioning major in the judicial reporting and captioning (JRC) program is the outgrowth of the court reporting field and is a highly developed skill that is used to translate spoken communication into visual communication. A stenotype machine is connected to a state-of-the-art computer with special closed-captioning software that allows the writer to caption the spoken word in various TV/news programs, classrooms, conventions and conferences. A broadcast captioner can assist millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing persons by captioning television and news programs. VITAC Corporation, a leading captioning company nationwide, partners with Stark State to provide the software and educational and technical support. Stark State is a training site for VITAC Corporation for transitional reporters seeking a career change to captioning.

The JRC program offers distance learning opportunities through Web-based education. Virtually anyone who has access to a computer will be able to take the program online, but the student will be required to have a computerized steno machine and specific reporting software before taking distance learning courses.

Stark State also offers a career enhancement certificates in broadcast captioning for working reporters interested in transitioning into broadcast captioning.

The goal is that graduates will demonstrate the use of good grammar, punctuation and editing skills for transcription preparation and production; conduct research and realtime writing dictionary maintenance for broadcast reporting; communicate clearly and concisely; utilize all information reporting technology; exemplify a high standard of ethics as an information reporting professional; and demonstrate employability skills and characteristics as an information reporting professional.

Graduation requirements for broadcast captioning option:
Transcribe a minimum of two five-minute, two-voice, non-realtime tests with a minimum of 96 percent accuracy, dictated at a minimum of 225 wpm; transcribe a minimum of three five-minute literary tests with a minimum of 96 percent verbatim accuracy, dictated at a minimum of 180 wpm; and write three 15-minute literary broadcast material takes at 180 wpm (syllabic and/or word count) at 96% verbatim accuracy, following NCRA's "What is an Error?" guidelines. The instructor will grade a random five-minute selection from each 15-minute take.