I was looking on my phone for new apps today, and for the first time, i saw Briefpedia by Stenovations. I downloaded it and have not had a chance to spend a lot of time looking at it. Check it out. I use StenoLookup app, and like it, but it doesn't offer phrases. For speed building people, it could help. I love that it includes possible conflicts. The only issue i find with all the apps, is sometimes the theories are different. This is where common-sense kicks in. Use the apps where you can, but contact your support dept. to confirm you are on the right track. I email support weekly with a list of words i need them to check for me. Most of the time i am right, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
By Adelma Gregory-Bunnell firstname.lastname@example.org
Tina Ritchie, of Rising Sun, has been a court reporter for Cecil County for 21 years. In her senior yearbook, she said that she wanted to be a court stenographer. When she started, there were three court reporters and two courtrooms. Now there are three reporters and five courtrooms. Court reporters transcribe civil and criminal cases, including jury trials, sentencing and motion hearings, and more.
How did you get your start?
In high school I never cared for math or science, but I steered toward the business classes and I excelled in shorthand. One of our assignments in Mrs. Hitching’s business class was to find a profession and do a report. My dad thought that court reporting was fascinating, so I looked into it and it played to a lot of my strengths and you could make good money doing it.
How did you train for the job?
Captioning Corner: What's the Best Theory for Captioners?
By Deanna Baker
An online student asked me what the best theory is if you want to caption. For help with this issue, I turned to caption theory experts Kathy DiLorenzo, RDR, CRR, and Amy Bowlen, RDR, CRR, both of VITAC.
Kathy responded, "The best theory for captioners? I'd say a realtime theory, no?
"All kidding aside, that has to be the answer: a realtime theory. It doesn't matter which one it is; it just must allow the writer to produce accurate voice-to-text. … In my mind, the best theories out there are the older theories of our time, sensible, easy-to-understand theories that with minor modifications were the most workable and user-friendly. I always say this, I'm still amazed that Karen Finkelstein, Tammie Shedd, and Darlene Parker taught the best realtime theories in the earliest days of realtime. After all the development and science behind theory to date, the best is still the one taught to me back in 1986!
A Long Road From Student to Reporter
By Michelle Huskey-Smith
As I reflect over these past years of the battle I fought to get where I am today, I can't help but be proud that I have chosen this career. Benjamin Franklin once said, "He that can have patience can have what he will."
Before I was a court reporter, I was a legal secretary, and I was at a point in my life that I knew that it was past time for me to determine "what" and "who" I wanted to be. I didn't want to sit behind a desk for the rest of my life. I wanted variety and a challenging call of duty.
I am striving to be a captioner. I love reading about new ways our skills can be brought to life. I was reading a month or two ago about a new steno graduate who will be working in teleconfrencing. She will sit in meetings and write both sides of the conversation so everyone is clear on what is being said, even when the meeting is being held in L.A. and the other side of the conversation is in New York. Pretty neat. I found this article and think it is pretty cool. It shows another way our skills can be used.
Call captioning provides speech-to-text translation onto the screens of University Park telephones to assist hearing impaired staff members with phone communications. The service is available free to eligible telephone users through Penn State’s Affirmative Action Office.
For those who have been reading my blog, you know i am from a suburb of Seattle. I found this job posting for US District Court in Seattle. Salary range $79K to $90K plus transcripts fees. Uhhh, I would be happy making half that. So depending on your location, there is some real money to be made.
Important to note in the pay structure. There are four pay levels according to the website. You must have an RPR to be employed. In order to make the $90K, you have to stay diligent and work towards passing the two exams. Links below to RMR and CRR requirements.
Level 1: Starting salary ($79,080)
Level 2: Starting salary plus 5% ($83,034); requires merit certification*
Level 3: Starting salary plus 10% ($86,988); requires realtime certification**
Level 4: Starting salary plus 15% ($90,942); requires realtime certification and merit certification
* Merit certification = Registered Merit Reporter (RMR) certificate from the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).
** Realtime certification = successful completion of (CRR) Certified Realtime Examination Certificate by NCRA or equivalent exam.
Thank you for finding my blog! I checked my stats and have now had over 20,000 visitors. It is amazing to me. I do enjoy keeping up with my blog. Now that summer and vacations are over, I can keep busy with practice and work towards completing theory. Speaking of theory, I started May 1st, 2014 and it is now mid October. Time is going fast. I just finished Lesson 15 of 20 Theory Lessons. I thought I would be done at around 6 months. I haven't been practicing as much the last 2 months. If you follow my blog, you probably noticed there were some stagnant periods of no posts. My family keeps me busy, kids are back to school now, thank God. Disneyland trip is over, and my son's 4th birthday is now behind me. That is one HUGE benefit to the Court Reporting at Home Program. If i need time off, I take it.
5,500 New Court Reporter Jobs Projected Across U.S.
September 8, 2014
[Washington, D.C.] - According to an independent study conducted by Ducker Worldwide (Ducker),
one of the nation’s leading marketplace analyst firms, demand for court reporters will exceed supply within five years, yielding a nationwide shortage. By 2018, there will be 5,500 new court reporter jobs available in the U.S. with the greatest demand occurring in: California, Texas, Illinois and New York, according to the 2013-14 Court Reporting Industry Outlook Report.
Currently, there are approximately 32,000 court reporters working in the U.S. However, the workforce
August 5, 2014 By NCRA
An article in the July-August 2014 Public Employee Press, a website featuring news about New York City’s public employee union, DC 37, noted that the New York State Senate passed a bill banning the use of electronic voice recorders to replace Official Court Reporters in the state judicial system in June. The move, according to the union, protects members’ jobs and citizens’ rights to fair trials.
In the last issue of the JCR, they had a little booklet of what each designation means and what it takes to earn it. Here is a little information on the RPR. The NCRA requires you to have an RPR before you can get a CRR, RMR or a RDR. Look to the link below. My sister said for her, the skills portion was not difficult, but the written was difficult. They had questions about technology that she had no clue about, gigabytes convert into how many terabytes? That sort of thing. She recommends buying the test prep materials or find someone who recently passed and pick their brain.
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