Atlanta Peach Reporters, LLC
Voice Writing Court Reporting School
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Q'S AND A'S     
Frequently Asked Questions

Q:What does the future look like for Voice Reporters?

A:  Real-time reporting for Voice Reporters is now a reality. Continuous speech recognition programs are now available for applicability with the Stenomask. What that means for Voice Reporters is that as you take dictation onto your laptop, the words you are speaking appear on the computer's screen. At the end of the proceeding you have reported, you can give the attorney or the Court a disk with the rough draft or you can proof the computer's recognition version of what you dictated and then print. This speech recognition, real-time capability enhances Voice Reporters' transcribing ability. No more keyboarding! No more word processing input! "Instantaneous" transcripts! The ease of learning provided with our training programs and the ease of transcription with real-time capabilities should render other methods of reporter takedown obsolete.

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Q:What is the demand for new court reporters?

A:  The demand for court reporters has always outstripped the supply. This basic economic principle of supply and demand is the reason court reporters enjoy a better-than-average income in both good and bad economic periods. In fact, when the economy turns downward, the demand for reporters increases as litigation increases.

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Q:How does the voice method of reporting work?

A:  The reporter speaks into the Stenomask repeating behind the speakers what they say, making a voice record of the reporter's voice. The Stenomask allows the reporter not to be heard in the room. The reporter then causes the dictated material to be transcribed into booklet form for the requesting party.

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Q:Why can I learn this method of reporting so much more quickly than I can learn the stenotype method?

A:  To learn to use the Stenomask, you use the language skills which you currently possess. To learn to stenotype, which is a phonetic shorthand, you must virtually learn a completely new language.

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Q:Do reporters using the Stenomask make as much money as reporters using the stenotype?

A:  ABSOLUTELY. The amount of money you earn is dependent upon many variables such as your production skills, your clients, and their paying habits. Income is a function of the individual involved and not the method of takedown.

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Q:Is the Stenomask widely used?

A:  The Stenomask system of reporting was developed in the 1940's and has been used extensively throughout military courts since that time. From military courts it has expanded to civilian courts, both state and federal, and is widely used in freelance practices across the United States and Canada. Actually statistics regarding specific numbers of reporters using each method, obviously, change constantly. For specific information, contact the school or your state licensing agency.

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Q:How much money can I make?

A:  How much money you make is dependent on many variables such as your production speed, who your clients are, what kind of practice you have, and your location. But any reporter willing to work full time can enjoy an above-average income.

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Q:What type of person makes a good court reporter?

A:  Court reporting is not a nine-to-five job. It takes individuals who are self-motivated and self-disciplined and who do well when unsupervised. While typing is not all-important, good verbal skills are, including good spelling, grammar and punctuation habits. Obviously, the court reporter should have no hearing or speech impairments.

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Q:Do I need to be a good typist?

A:  Court reporters, both official and freelance, get paid by the page. Therefore, someone producing 100 pages per day makes twice as much as someone producing 50 pages per day. If you are not a fast typist, perhaps you can use a typist to type for you. In today's computer age, and with speech recognition, output has increased.

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Q:What does the future look like for Voice Writing court reporters?

A:  Voice Reporters are really on the brink of technology. Speech recognition, which takes the spoken word and converts it to text as the Voice Reporter speaks, is now available. This advanced technology dramatically enhances the transcribing process and will render keyboarding and other methods of takedown for the court reporter obsolete.

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Q:What is the court reporting profession like?

A:  Court reporting is a profession of great demands and great rewards. It interfaces with other exciting professions such as lawyers, judges, and doctors, as well as individuals from all walks of life.

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Q:What are the advantages of the Voice Reporter?

A:  The advantages of voice reporting are obvious: Stenomask is easier and quicker to learn because it uses the language skills you already possess. For the practicing reporter whose goal is to produce a verbatim record, the advantage is accuracy at faster speeds.

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Q:What are the advantages to the Correspondence Course offered by your school?

A:  The Correspondence Program allows the course to be taken at the student's convenience time-wise and finance-wise. The course may be paid for on a class-by-class basis. Real-life experiences, anecdotes, and case situations which are included in the course materials bridge the gap between the theoretical of most classroom environments and the actual reporting experience.

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Q:What are the advantages of the Resident School Course offered by the school?

A:  The Resident Program is a structured, six-month course with day or evening classes weekly with an experienced instructor. In between classes there are homework assignments, and practice sessions at home. Real-life experiences, anecdotes, and case situations, which are included in the course materials, bridge the gap between the theoretical of most classroom environments and the actual reporting experience.