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Mon, Apr. 14th, 2008, 04:30 pm
atord: can't decide steno or voice?


I simply cannot decide if I want to learn steno, or voice.  I found many schools online, that teach voice writing for both broadcast captioning and court reporting, but the bad thing that is stopping me, is that, voice writing is only approved in 26 states.  And I might be moving to a state that doesn't allow voice writing in court rooms.  I love to type though, I am a fast typer.  But I also know that many states use digital recordings, instead of court reporters (both steno and voice).  So voice writers are not "stealing our jobs".  There should be something done to change this, I think that voice writers should have the right to practice in all states, what's good for one state, should be good for the other--it gets the job done. 

So I am contemplating over and over, should I go to this voice writing school, where it is only $350 a month, and it is based on skill, so when you reach the speed, and take the necessary tests, you pass.   Also, am I right, we don't need to go to school to get a degree, if we just pass the exam, for state and/or nationals, we are set on our way.

So--I found a college that has a 24-33 month program online for steno.  But I will incur a large amount of debt, and I don't know how long I will be in for.  So for all you steno students, court reporters for steno and voice, how long did it take you to be in school? 

Also, if I chose steno- I saw the program www.simplysteno.com, so I was wondering, if it would be worth it, if I should just go to the regular online college of steno and it will take me about 2 years--but I will end up getting a degree, or should I go to that school, and when I learn theory, drop out, and enroll in the www.simplysteno.com program.

Also, for the voice writer based court reporters, how is the job for you?  Do you regret learning it, because maybe in the future you would want to be a broadcast captioner, and you know that it is extremely rare that they would hire voice writers with court reporting experience to be a broadcast captioner?

That is also what I am contemplating.  If I wanted to be a broadcast captioner later on, I might have to learn steno, because it is rare that they accept voice writers even though they have experience.

Also, why don't they just allow voice writers the privilege to work in all states, they end up doing the same work, but different methods, it sure beats losing your job to a digital recorder system in many states?  

Tue, Apr. 15th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)

I would recommend simplysteno times a million. I absolutely love his program. I went to a real school -- learned theory and accrued lotsa debt, then found myself in a rut and changed to his online program.

What I like about it is that I felt like I was getting more personal attention and new dictation than I was at a 1,000 a month school. It's very methodical and schedules are set out for you in advance, another thing I really wanted from my last school. So, it gives you the flexibility to do it your own way and not go bankrupt, but if you are looking for more guidance and like things written out for you, you have that too. He (Marc Greenberg) also includes Academics.

You do not need a degree in court reporting, you just need to pass the certification tests. (Either your state test, or the national and then your state.) I don't know a lot of places that award bachelors anyway, more like AAs or certificates... which lets you go straight to the state test, but doesn't give much more.

I don't know much about voice, I've spoken to some people about it, but I really like what I see with the new real-time technologies and how I feel as I progress with my stenograph and case cat software.

Look at the start-up costs, but also the job opportunities even in your area for that vocation. It's how I decided I wanted to do machine shorthand in the first place.


Wed, May. 7th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)

wow. this sounds exactly like my school!

Tue, Apr. 15th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)

i know some places hire voice writers, but they definitely get paid less because they ARE less accurate.

Sun, Jan. 3rd, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): really??

Sorry to disappoint you, stenodork, but I am a voice writer and making 4.30 to 11.25 a page, much more than you are, probably. As for the misconception that we're less accurate, well, I can tell you that i graduated steno school at 225 with a 3.89 average and I do find voice writing much more accurate.

Sun, Jan. 3rd, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
danchan22: Re: really??

Okay, random anonymous user. I believe you.

Sun, Jan. 3rd, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
stenodork: Re: really??

i'm speaking in terms of my experience based on people i've worked with.

Thu, Apr. 17th, 2008 07:27 am (UTC)

SimplySteno gets my recommendation -- Marc is great, the program is great and you will not incur a ton of debt. If I had it to do over again I would learn a theory on my own (my school was expensive and it was all self-taught anyway) and then start with SS.