Court Reporters: Not Limited to the Courtroom

When most people think about court reporters, they often picture a professional individual quietly typing on a stenotype machine in a courtroom. However, due to the court reporter’s ability to accurately and quickly transcribe the spoken word into written information, this profession has had many new career paths open up that are not limited to the courtroom. Here are just a few of these jobs:

Broadcast Closed-Captioning Services

Some court reporters have realtime reporting and captioning skills that allow them to provide captioning services to TV and radio stations. Captioning services are important for the deaf and hearing-impaired, because these services translate the audio content into text. With such services, these individuals can enjoy video programming such as live news shows and sporting events.

Webcasting Services

Webcasting is similar to broadcasting, but involves the transmission of video and audio over the internet. Reporters are used to transcribe what is spoken during the webcast so viewers can read what is being said. Often times, webcasting is used for meetings, seminars, and other live events.

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) Services

CART involves immediately translating the spoken word into text. CART providers can personally accompany and work with individuals who are hearing-impaired or deaf. For example, a CART reporter could accompany a hearing-impaired individual to their school lectures and translate the lecture into text for that individual.

Transcription Services for Focus Groups

During focus group interviews and discussion, data collection can be a challenge. Many methods of transcribing data from the focus group interviews happen after the event. Post focus group, researchers usually listen to an audiotape and capture the data via their written notes. Not only is this more time consuming, but the audio on the tape can’t pick up on body language and may be difficult to hear if the speaker does not talk clearly. Court reporters, on the other hand, are a viable option for capturing the verbatim record of the focus group as it is occurring. Not only are court reporters accurate, but they can also take note of the body language of individuals as well as clearly identify who says what.

If you are looking for a court reporter in Denver, contact us today. Call Stevens-Koenig Reporting at 303-988-8470