The above are officialships only. These positions are available now! Freelance reporter's wages are harder to to put a number on. Every market demands different wages. My sister just had her best year as a freelance reporter. Let's just say, she is in the six figures. Let this serve as motivation to get done with school and make some real money!!!
Wow, it is coming up on 10 months! Crazy how times goes so fast. Well, as many know, i just started speed building. Which is a big milestone. I thank you all for finding my blog and always leaving kind comments and encouraging words! I am amazed that 23,000 people have found my blog. You all inspire me to not quit and keep moving forward. Thank you! So if I could go back to the Jayne on May 1st, 2014, what would i tell her? Umm, first of all, I would warn her that she will gain 5 lbs in December:) J/K. I would tell her that time management is no joke. When i stick to a practice schedule, i always make a lot of progress. I would tell her how truly great the support dept. really is. You saw it all over their website, but now i can truly say that they were not kidding. They could be considered mentors. Very encouraging people. I knew in May that i would hit hard patches, but some of the hard patches were soooo frustrating. I thought for sure, she was speaking 100 wpm in some of those drills. I thought i would never move on, but guess what? I did. Now I listen to that "hard" drill and can write it with ease. You hear it all the time, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. I even got annoyed by it "duh, you have to practice to learn it" i thought there has got to be a magic practice regime that will embed this in my brain faster. Well, Jayne of the past....it really is, boring practice, after frustrating practice, after throw your machine practice. That is it. No magic, no mystery. Now, just when you think "Man, she hates this school..." I can say with 100% certainty, I LOVE IT. As i moved through theory, the more i found how much i enjoy writing on this machine. It is a great sense of accomplishment. Yes, there were frustrating moments, and there are many on the road forward. But i really do love it. I know a few months ago i wrote that nothing is perfect. No matter what path you choose, beauty school, court reporting, nursing school, ANY school will be frustrating at times. I am still 100% happy with my decision to go with Court Reporting and Captioning at Home. No regrets at 10 months in! If you stumbled on my blog and are not enrolled, but are still gathering info...call them, don't take my word for it. I called three times before committed to the program. Anyways, email or comment to reach me. I need to get back to speed building. Good luck everyone!!!
I am almost done with theory, so this would be too soon for me. I remember when my sister finally started to go out on her own jobs, she felt so un-prepared. Her brick and mortar school, taught her to write and get fast. The ins and outs of being a COURT REPORTER, were not taught. She learned as she went. The NCRA is hosting a one and a half hour webinar, that is geared towards freelance reporters. Here is a link and description. It also counts towards your CEU's, for RPR's.
Meetings & Events
What I Didn’t Learn in Court Reporting School February 2, 2015 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Please join this informative webinar sponsored by the NCRA Freelance Committee as we learn some of the most important things you need to know as you begin your reporting career. How do you identify multiple attorneys? What do you do with the exhibits? What if everyone is talking too fast? Getting down every word is only half of a reporter’s job. We will help prepare you for the other half. Presenters: Early Langley, RMR and Gail Verbano, RDR, CRR, CSR
I really want to attend the convention this summer. I have only heard great things about attending. I am trying to drag my sister with me (split hotel cost:)) Plus, it is in New York!
By Katherine Schilling
Whether you’re just out of theory and looking to learn more about the profession, or you’re in your 200s and in need of a mentor, conventions are your one-stop shop for encouragement, information, and networking. But as inspiring as they can be, they can also be a terrifying place for someone new on the block.
As a student, it’s easy to psyche yourself out of networking at a convention. We tend to think, “Why would she ever want to talk with me? What do I possibly have to offer? I’m just a student. They look busy. I don’t want to bother them.”
By Jill Cohen for Capital Reporting Company
What does a witness know?
The purpose of the discovery process in legal proceedings is to find out exactly that. This discovery process is a period of investigation to gather the evidence and knowledge essential to legal counsel in building a successful argument in court. Information is shared among parties proceeding the case dismissal, settlement, or the taking before trial. The discovery process can entail several methods of investigation, including answering interrogatories, the production of documents, requests for admissions, as well as
I found this study while surfing the Washington State Court Reporters website. This is a comparison of cost/ benefit for digital recording and court reporting in California and Florida. I know my opinion will differ from others who believe Dragon software is as effective as a human court reporter. We can agree to disagree. When DR (digital Recording) software cannot translate well, the court has to then pay (again) to have a court reporter produce a transcript. They sit and listen to audio and produce a transcript. I do think there is a time and place for DR. To quote the study,
"Obviously, these quality issues are critical when reporting high-impact cases such as felony, complex civil and high-stakes family law. The instances of problem recordings are significantly higher when no DR monitor is provided. Even so, DR only becomes a cost-effective choice with low -transcript volume and low-impact cases."
I am still in theory and already have had many discussions about this topic. Dragon voice software is usually the first comparison people make. Have you ever watched captions that were done by voice recognition? It is actually pretty funny. I talked to a reporter who has been in the field for 25+ years and when she was in school, there was talk that the job would be eliminated by the 2000's. Well, she is still working. When i dropped off my computer, the tech said that this field is ancient and Dragon will replace us all. After a friendly debate, he started to see the other side. Not everyone speaks perfect, enunciated english. Can dragon translate a computer scientist with a heavy middle eastern accent? Doubt it. There is always two sides to a argument, and both have some valid points, but the more I learn about this field, the more confident I am that, I will have a long career. With the rights of the disabled only getting stronger, not weaker, there will always be hard of hearing individuals who need ACCURATE translation, whether at work, school, or watching the TV.
12/8/2014 by Kramm Court Reporting
Throughout the years, I have received emails from people all over the USA, people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, asking, “Should I become a court reporter? Will there be a job when I get out? Is there work? Is technology going to take over the industry? Am I too old?”
I always answer these queries honestly and with thought. I ask what the person is looking for, if they are a disciplined-type person, and promise there is work and will be work, BUT ONLY IF YOU ARE GREAT!
Reading through the Harvard Business Review blogs, I came across an article, “Stop Worrying About Making the Right Decision.” The author, Ed Batista, paraphrases Scott McNealy, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems and its CEO for 22 years, who said, “It’s important to make good decisions. But I spend much less time and energy worrying about ‘making the right decision’ and much more time and energy ensuring that any decision I make turns out right.”
Believe me, I know the decision to go
So my desktop isn't connecting to the internet. Lame. I only have access via phone. My computer is going in tomorrow to the repair shop. Depending on the news or cost of repair, I may be in the market for a laptop or desktop. An important mention, Stenograph.Com has a detailed page of hardware recommendations as well as the NCRA's TRAIN page. In order to run realtime seamlessly, you will need a sufficient speed and space. Computers are ever evolving, but processor speed is important and well as RAM. I am not a computer person, but I wrote down some highlights and will take them shopping with me. I really hope I can limp this desktop (2009, old by todays standard) along, I was hoping to put off a computer purchase until I finish school. Wish me luck!
Experts: Court reporting is a lucrative career choice
By HEATHER SENISON November 16, 2014
Heads up jobseekers, the New York Career Institute has a tip for you.
The school foresees a 20% job growth for court reporting and related fields in the next 10 years.
"There are opportunities out there in these fields, little-known fields that people wouldn't think about," explained Larry Stieglitz, director of enrollment management at the institute.
The jobs entail "taking down every word that's being spoken by as many people that are speaking," he said.
Stenographers take down notes in courts, depositions, business meetings and the like on tiny handheld typing machines. They later transcribe their notes into an official document. A stenography school graduate can also qualify for a career in closed captioning, which is transcribing what is being said in live broadcasting, such as the news and sports events, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. They often work from home.
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