At ASAP and CCVS, we think court reporters are awesome, so we celebrate the hardworking, incredibly skilled members of our profession at every opportunity. This week, we celebrate court reporters and court reporting students on social media: members of our profession who educate the public about court reporting and build community resources through blogs, Twitter accounts, and other social media channels.
Court Reporters and CART Providers
Reporting Life comes from the fingers of Rachel L.D., a court reporter since 1995. Rachel’s blog features some great posts on court reporting but also offers advice on professional development, inspiration, stress relief, as well as other great pieces of advice for those in the court reporting field. The breadth of her topics makes ‘Reporting Life’ an essential blog for students and professionals alike. Check out her recent post on her most popular blog postings for advice and inspiration.
Jadeluxe is the blog of Jade King, stenographer extraordinaire. Jade King is a rock star real-time stenographer in Hong Kong. She works at the Hong Kong High Court and International Arbitration Centre. We have written about her before: Karen Mak, CCVS instructor and student, profiled Jade and job shadowed her on the high-profile Lammas Boat inquiry. Go straight to the source and read Jade’s blog: Jade is a terrific writer, passionate, knowledgeable, and opinionated about stenography. She will inform you, educate you, and make you laugh until you cry.
Steno Knight is the blog of Mirabai Knight, a New York CART provider. Knight transcribes university classes and lectures, meetings, and other events, both onsite and over the internet. Knight is also a thoughtful innovator in the profession. To make stenography more widely and openly available, Knight is working on Plover, “a free open source program intended to bring realtime stenographic technology not just to stenographers, but also to hackers, hobbyists, accessibility mavens, and all-around speed demons.” You know how breathtakingly expensive steno machines and CAT software can be. Now imagine doing steno with free software and a steno machine under $100.
Knight is a witty, erudite writer. She explains why computer speech recognition won’t replace stenography anytime soon… and blends science, linguistics, and a sprinkle of pop culture to entertain you along the way. Come to StenoKnight to learn what Mirabai Knight has to say about life as a CART provider, from steno and speech recognition to wearable computing and the fine art of packing your whole professional life into one bag.
Court Reporting Students
‘I Love Steno’ is written by Elsie Villega. From Twitter, her motto is “Motivation must be powerful, understanding deep & practice intense.” Her blog reflects that tone perfectly. Within the ‘I Love Steno’ blog, you will find a great deal of tips and tricks on dictionary building, and between those posts you’ll find the little bits of inspiration to help keep you motivated. Currently, Elsie is working on the challenge of adding 13,000 new words to her dictionary for the year 2013. Be sure to follow her progress and check out her site regularly for new briefs.
StenoBeast provides video blogs with a bunch of great drills and links to other info. Although it is updated sporadically, StenoBeast is the only vlog mentioned on our list, and with good reason! The finger drills and number drills found on her page are a great source for additional practice work. Be sure to view her full profile to check out the videos she has favourited and likes as well, as they also provide both practice and insight for those interested in advancing the court reporting profession.
Court Reporting Agencies and Schools
Based in Wisconsin, Brown & Jones has been a part of the court reporting industry for 25 years and is one of the first blogs I came across when I got involved with court reporting. While most of the blogs on this list are great sources of advice and inspiration for the working reporter, Brown & Jones posts great content on the state of the industry, focusing on their place as an advocate for the court reporting profession at large. Visit their blog to stay up to date on news and trends within the court reporting industry.
Kramm Court Reporting is a court reporting company that has been based in San Diego for three decades. Their blog is written by the founder of the company, Rosalie Kramm, who is a court reporter herself. Her blog is one of the more thorough ones, promoting the industry at large to the outside world while also providing fantastic advice for the court reporting community. Her post on ‘Nine Ways for Captioners, Cart Providers, and Court Reporters to Relieve Stress’ is a must- read for students and professionals alike!
Like CCVS, Prince Institute is a stenography school. The Prince Institute blog looks at not just court reporting, but also captioning, professional development, and continuing education. With its writers’ strength in education, the Prince Institute blog posts on topics such as the importance of English, professionalism within the court reporting industry, and the importance of creating your own brand, to name a few. My favourite part of this site is the ‘All Posts’ section, which allows you to view all article by title so that you may access the content most important to you with ease.