Official Court Reporter
The official court reporter brings computer technology to the courtroom in an effort to capture all of the action and drama taking place during a court trial. The court reporter then produces transcripts for all who request it.
Freelance Reporter (Independent)
Freelance reporting may be perfect for the individual who enjoys independence and flexibility. These self-employed reporters work directly with trial attorneys where depositions are conducted to discover what witnesses know and what they might testify to in court. Freelance reporters enjoy scheduling their own hours and an independence unheard of in most other professions.
Court Reporting Firm
Many working reporters choose the security and freedom of working for a firm, although in an effort to gain experience and become established in the profession, some court reporters begin their careers in this area. The benefits of starting with a firm are that you have an office, administrative support, access to computer equipment, and steady professional assignments. There are certain freedoms when working for a firm, such as flexibility of work schedule, the ability to accept or turn down assignments, and the freedom to work from your home or office. Court reporting firms are made up of reporters whose services expand beyond the legal profession.
Closed Caption Reporter
Closed caption reporters are trained to write real time, which is the ability to have data analyzed and transcribed instantly into English. These reporters work in the exciting television, news, and entertainment industry.
Political reporters travel extensively providing reporting services for individual politicians or political groups. If you are the type of person that savors independence and travel, this area of reporting can take you all over the world. Political reporters use the latest technology to deliver a verbatim account of meetings, speeches, and official presentations. These specialized reporters are assigned to the President, the Speaker of the House, representatives, senators, and other officials and dignitaries.
The supreme legislative body of the nation, as well as your state capital, employs congressional reporters. Working in teams of 10, these prominent reporters work in the Supreme Court, the House of Representatives, the Senate, etc. These reporters have the most exciting front row seat to the ever changing policies affecting our lives. As a congressional reporter, your team is responsible for producing the congressional record within an hour after adjournment. This unique area of reporting is always a challenging and ongoing learning experience.
Government reporters have the responsibility of recording history as it happens. These highly skilled reporters use the latest technology and are the first to report new legislation, hearings, and political meetings, etc. These reporters provide a crucial service that is high demand.
Medical Transcriptionist (Stenoscriptionist)
Medical stenoscriptionists work with medical professionals preparing medical records and reports using a stenograph machine. The demand in the field of health care has made medical stenoscriptionist an important aspect of the medical profession. The qualified stenoscriptionist must understand disease processes, anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology, as well as medications and their dosages. An increasing number of medical stenoscriptionists work from home-based offices as subcontractors for hospitals and physicians. These medical language specialists work with prerecorded material, rather than a live account from a medical professional.
These machine shorthanded writers play a very important role in bringing people in different cities, states, or parts of the world together. These capable computerized reporters are capturing sales meetings, press conferences, technical training seminars, and legal deposition testimony. As participants speak, these reporters write and the words appear instantly via satellite on individual computers or large conference screens in different areas simultaneously.
Transcription for the publishing industry involves taped or live dictation from an author, editor, or publisher. The variety and content has no bounds: fiction and nonfiction books, periodicals and newspapers, instructional books, educational textbooks and journals, scripts for commercials, and other entertainment industry projects. This is a great area for those interested in the literary field.
Minutes of board meetings are taken by computerized-machine-shorthand transcriptionists and are then transcribed using word processing programs. The disk and hard copy are given to the chairperson or CEO for final editing. Corporate executives appreciate having accurate "NOTES" to rely on to produce the final minutes for publication. If the corporate world sounds intriguing, this area of reporting is a vital asset to major corporations.
These reporters are called upon to record hearings, seminars, forums, and public meetings stenographically. After recording the proceedings, a computerized verbatim transcript is prepared. The demand for services is increasing due to recent federal legislation which requires equal access for all people.
Educational reporters are working with students at all levels from grade school through college. A student with limited vision, hearing or attention span benefits greatly from this one-on-one assistance. A transcript of the class is provided to the student as a study aid. Because of the enactment of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the demand for these reporters is on the rise.
The United States Sports Association is providing this computerized reporting service for the media who are working on a deadline. The media-room reporter is available after all sports events and uses the computerized stenograph machine to take down the verbatim comments of individual players and coaches. This information is instantly translated into the written word, and a perfect transcript can be issued to the media in two to four minutes. USA Today stated that the media-room reporter is especially valuable when there is a potentially controversial issue brewing.