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Sun, Apr. 13th, 2008, 06:41 pm
kitten_goddess: Looking For School

I found an online home study program called www.courtreportingathome.com . According to the website, the theory is NCRA-certified. Does anyone know if it is legitimate?

Mon, Jan. 14th, 2008, 06:29 pm
atord: help finding school


i am interested  in cart/captioning and court reporting schools online, because no other school of that sort is near me.  are there any good ones that offer Pell Grants from fafsa where we do not have to pay them back?  this college that I contact started in January so it is too late, the next is June, and I do not want to wait that long.  i do not feel like going thru all the hassle of getting a loan, if i have to i will.  any schools anyone knows or have experience?


Sun, Jan. 13th, 2008, 05:19 pm
atord: real-time broadcast captioner or real-time court reporter

I have to chose a program for my school and I am not sure if I want to study real-time broadcast captioning or real-time court reporting.  I love to type.  The school is www.brscr.comI am fluent in English.  I have satellite tv and I know many things about the current affairs in t.v.  But I am stumped.  I want to know when I graduate from either field, will I be able to find a job as a real-time broadcast captioner even though I do not have any work experience?  The thing that scares me is that I am taking out a student loan for this program, and I do not want to be caught in the middle by not finding a job as a broadcast captioner, and possibly regret not having gone into court reporting, because I would have 12 months where I can start to pay back the money plus interest. 

The thing I like about broadcast captioning from what I hear is that they can write about different topics, whereas court reporters have to write about well--court lingo.  That does not bother me, but I just want to hear from all of you.  I have 58 credits through my community college that I do not want to finish this semester because I am fed up with it.  It will not take me anywhere for now.  I needed 2 more classes to get my Associate's Degree, but I decided upon learning these 2 careers so I can start making real money.

The thing that I am kind of stumped about is that is someone is a court reporter employee, they have to write out their own transcripts in a deadline, or hire a scopist, and that to me sounds like extra stress.  But they can also do depositions and get money per page from their transcripts or what you call them : )  I am not sure.  I kind of want the idea that you start work at a certain time of the day and you end work at a certain time of the day.  Do both of these positions require this?

By the way how are the tests for these two jobs?  Do all broadcast captioners require over 200 wpm to work?

Also What is the difference between real-time and not real-time?  Sorry for all of these questions as I am a newbie.

Thanks anyone who can offer advice.  That is greatly appreciated : )

Fri, Jan. 11th, 2008, 04:06 pm
atord: voice writer real time or broadcast captioner

hello all,

i pressed something and everything i wrote got deleted :( .  i am confused on whether i should go to the voice writing program that costs $15,000 including equipment, or should do a real-time broadcast captioning program versus broadcast captioning the old fashioned way using the stenotype.  i want to know if it is worth investing in the stenotype, learning to use it, carpal tunnel syndrome.  i say this because another admissions lady at a school said that court reporters in massachusetts 95% of them do not use the stenotype.  she said that most schools on the east coast are closing due to student dropout rates.  she said that in massachusetts 95% of the court reporters use voice writing.  and that will be the future.  she said some other states are approving that sometime in 2008.  

I do not know can anyone help me?  I have to learn this job as soon as possible.  But I am so confused.  Is it worth investing $15,000 in a voice writing program?  Is Voice Writing in demand?  Why doesn't everyone do this if they claim it is easier and faster?  I plan on taking the program online because there are no colleges near here that offer it. 

Thanks :) . 

Thu, Nov. 15th, 2007, 03:13 pm
walksleeptalk: Scopists? Anyone?

Are there any scopists in here? 

I tried my hand at court reporting and while I thought it was fun, I realized that there's no way that I could do it for a living. Working under such pressure frazzles me. Perhaps in the future...

ANYWAY, i'm definitely interested in becoming a scopist. I know the pay's not as hot as a court reporters, but I think it's more suiting for me. Can anyone tell me more about it? How did you become one? Do you recommend any special training? Do you love/hate it and why? I'll take any and all information I can get!

Tue, Nov. 13th, 2007, 04:39 pm
jemmadove: For Sale

Hi everyone,

I've got a Stentura 200 SRT that I'd love to sell. It was used for only a few months (3 or less) and it is in perfect condition. It also has a tripod and paper tray, and an unopened pack of white paper. I don't have the USB cable to hook it to a PC, but those are easy and cheap to get at any electronics store. :3 There's also a wheeled carrying case that says "The Stenotype Institute" on the front. The case is not in good condition, but if you want it I'll throw it in as well. I bought the whole caboodle for $500, but I can sell it at $450. I've also got a Phoenix Theory Lesson book and a Phoenix Theory reading exercise book which I can also throw in if you want. I'm just really eager to sell the whole shebang. I can provide pictures if anyone is interested. :3


Fri, Sep. 28th, 2007, 05:08 pm
sychogrl: Approaching crunch time.

So somehow I've found myself in Speed V. I could have gone on internship this term, but I opted to wait, as they wanted to know almost immediately where I wanted to go. (I surprised myself by actually getting through IV in a quarter, so I hadn't really thought a lot about it.)

I'm thinking about a move to a larger city to work. Right now I live in Iowa, which is pretty podunk. I've visited Chicago a few times and quite like it; but of course I wouldn't go there without weighing all the pros and cons very carefully.

Those of you who report in larger cities, what do you like and/or dislike about it? I think I want to do freelance work, but I don't especially want to be overwhelmed. Do the attorneys tend to want more "rush" jobs than they might in a town of medium or smaller size? Is the average salary enough to live on in such an expensive city?

In other semi-related news, the RPR test is coming up! I'm scheduled to take the written portion about a week from now. If you've taken it before, was there anything you wish you'd known beforehand?

I think I'm pretty much ready, but doesn't everyone say that? Ha, ha.

Thanks for your input!

Thu, May. 24th, 2007, 02:43 pm
wishfulthnker32: (no subject)

I thought everyone would get a kick out of this.

Thu, May. 10th, 2007, 10:27 am
pancakeonmaface: court reporting students

Hi everyone...this is a great group but I have started a new group just for student issues. Sometimes it is hard to go through all the posts looking for information about school or speedbuilding.

Please join!


Thu, May. 3rd, 2007, 04:03 pm
futurecr: Financial Aid - rant

Hi everyone,
I've been trying to register with Opennet.com for financial aid with Sallie Mae, as per my school, ccr.edu. Well I've been trying to register for three weeks now, but I keep getting error messages saying I'm already registered. When I call and talk with a rep, they have no idea why it's saying that. My school had no idea why it was saying that error message either. Then last week my fin aid advisor tells me that it's not just me, that Sallie Mae sent them an email saying they are having technical difficulties and she'll let me know when it's working. Well I wrote her back Monday asking if the site is working yet. She says it is. I try to register today and it's still giving me the error message. I called a rep a few min ago and she had no clue what was going on either so she bounced me to other reps who didn't know how to fix it either. So I'm pretty frustrated right now. I'm to the point of considering self teaching myself theory (is that possible?) and getting my speed up to 80 or 90 and then joining a school. What do you think?

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