Thinking about being a Court Reporter?
So you think you want to be a court reporter?
By Brenda Keyser, RDR, CRR, CRC, CLR, CME
It’s time for you to make a decision about a career. Whether you’re a new high school graduate, a stay-
at-home mom, or a professional who just doesn’t like their chosen career path, consider court reporting! There are many options for reporters: official reporters, freelance reporters, CART providers, broadcast captioners, and medical transcriptionists.
Court reporting is a challenging, yet rewarding career. Whether you are listening to testimony from a medical doctor, engineer, or a lay witness who was involved in a car wreck, you’ll be intrigued by the stories you’ll hear and the people you meet. Words have power and meaning, and being the official keeper of the record is a formidable task. And professional reporters provide this service to courts, attorneys, government agencies, and medical teams every day.
Court reporting is the art of capturing the spoken word. Of course, we all know the English language can be difficult to understand. Reporters especially need an extensive vocabulary and ability to understand the spoken word. Listening to someone speak and translating their words into a record is a daunting task, for many reasons. A recent TED talk discussed the phenomenon about why we pronounce words the way we do and why we don’t write them the way they sound. http://www.ted.com/talks/karina_galperin_why_don_t_we_write_words_the_way_pronounce_them.
Currently, the United States is experiencing a shortage of reporters, and that is leading to employers and government agencies adjusting upwards pay scales for reporters. So that’s another great reason to consider a career as a professional court reporter.
Want to know more? Visit NCRA’s DiscoverSteno website (http://www.crtakenote.com/) and watch their video (http://www.crtakenote.com/watch/). And if you wonder if you’ve got what it takes to be a court reporter, sign up for this online course: LearnSteno: A to Z Intro to Machine Shorthand, (http://www.ncra.org/Applications/Forms/FormDisplay.cfm?FormID=60299) and see if you’ve got the talent to make it as a professional court reporter.
Discover court reporting and the power of words!