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I am a Digital CAT SCOPIST - with recession rates!!

Scoping, to me, is not merely cleaning up untranslates; it’s formating a transcript according to the reporter’s preferences. This saves the reporter time, thus allowing him/her to make more money or merely having the spare time to just relax. It also makes yours truly an asset!

I treat each transcript as if it were my own. I know, it sounds like a cliché, but here’s what sets me apart from the “scopist nightmares” I’ve heard so much about: I believe in research. Research isn’t just using spell check or cracking open a dictionary or assuming that the reporter has the spelling of something and leaving it for him/her to clean up. Research means exhausting ALL of my resources before I have to flag text in the transcript. Research means being “flag friendly.”

And what are recession rates, you ask? Let’s face it, the economy sucks right now. I’m here to help you produce a quality transcript and give you a life while doing it. I want you to be stress free. I don’t want half of your page rate, I don’t want a third of what you earn, and I don’t want to charge you extra if you have drops in your transcript. Nobody’s perfect! But when it comes to scoping…..well!

So drop me an e-mail and I’ll put my talents where my mouth is.

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At 12:32 on October 18, 2009, Robin Fritz said…
Hey, there! I understand congratulations are in order! Yowsa, you're really, really almost done! Whoo-hooooo! I'm sure everyone is cheering in your corner for the final stretch (including me!)
At 22:02 on August 24, 2009, Denise Crotzer said…
Hello stranger... call me.
We need to catch up. I also have a question about editing/scoping??????
818 439 5022 or email
Miss ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At 11:48 on June 15, 2009, Elisa Calegari-De Angelis said…
Hello again...I hate to be a nag, but I would like to buy the LS from you as soon as possible because of the Canadian dollar being at such a good exchange rate right now, and also so that my uncle can bring it to me here in Canada so I can avoid a $200-300 customs fee. He is coming the 26th of June, so please respond asap...again, I'm sorry if I'm pestering you! lol
Thank you! :)
At 15:59 on June 13, 2009, Elisa Calegari-De Angelis said…
Hi again! Can I call you so we can discuss details of shipping/payment and some other questions I had about your LS?
If so, please let me know your phone number and what day and time I can call you. I think California time is 4 hours behind northeast time, right?
Anyway, here's my email if you want to email me the phone number privately:
Thanks a bunch!
At 7:13 on June 8, 2009, Nicolete said…
They might throw in a test...
At 7:13 on June 8, 2009, Nicolete said…
Hey, Christina...

Even if you're not able to visit Atlanta, I can get you e-mails of some reporters so you can get some questions answered to help you with your decision. Our school, during the day, tests three times per week. Tuesday through Thursday, I believe. They might through in a test on Monday, and we don't have school on Friday. I wish it could be more, cause I love having the option to test or not to test. Thanks for the nice comment about the pictures. I'll have more to post when I come back from Jamaica at the end of this month. I'm so excited. I'm ready for a vacation. Hey, I know you mentioned that you were almost finished. Congratulations!!! Whew! We all know it ain't easy, but that's why, I think, we like court reporting; it's a challenge like none other. Got any tips you would like to share? I'd be glad to receive them. Right now, I'm just trying to broaden my vocabulary by doing harder lit.s like congressionals, legal opinions, some medical, etc. so I won't get thrown off when I'm flowing. LOL. I'm also listening to very high speeds and practicing below for accuracy and above my speed, so then when I test, it's a breeze. I always feel like I should do more. What dictation material would you suggest purchasing or using to get me to graduation?
At 10:41 on June 7, 2009, Nicolete said…

Hey, Christina...

When I return back to school, because I'm an on-line student right now, due to the fact that I just had a baby, I will be testing out of my 160 Q&A and Lit. I may even get one or more of my 180 J.C.s. I'm very anxious to go back to in-house and take some live tests. Now for your question on when I expect to finish, you should know better. I planned to be finished by, no later than, the end of this year, but it will have to be sometime next year. I have some academics to get caught up on, and, of course, my speed. With my husband in Afghanistan and me left at home with six kids that include a four-month old and a terrible two-year old, I'd say I have my hands full. If you're really considering working as a court reporter in Atlanta, I meet with a group of reporters each month for dinner, and maybe I can get you together with some of them to learn more about working here. They're all from different counties, some doing freelance and others either working for agencies or for themselves. Let me know if you're interested. E-mail me at:
At 19:12 on June 3, 2009, Elisa Calegari-De Angelis said…
Hi Christina,
LOL! I am somewhat on the fence about the LS too, but I am on the fence about BUYING it. However, I think it's one of those things that I have to at least try, or else I will always wonder or regret not having given a shot. I practice with an LS that belongs to my school, but I don't like it much because of the pads they put on the keys. First, the keys are sticky. Second, the keys are too far apart from each other, but there is a way to fix that by sticking the pads on the keys so that it somewhat resembles the closeness of the keys of the elan cybra, which I am used to writing with. Two other students got the LS, and they placed the pads closer to each other to close up the gaps between the * and F... basically, the keys on the right side all shifted a bit towards the asterick key, and the STPH and FPLT were shifted down towards the lower keys so that the gap closes between those keys.
So I guess what I'm getting at is if I buy your LS, can I remove the pads you put and put my own pads? (do the pads come off, do you think?)
Please let me know asap if you do or don't want to sell it. I live in Canada, and I would like to avoid paying customs fees, so if I were to buy it, my uncle in Georgia could bring it for me on June 27 when he comes here. So I would need it to be shipped to GA (across the country) and I don't know how long that would take...

Thanks a bunch.
At 14:50 on June 3, 2009, Nicolete said…
Hey, Christina...

That's a very good question you asked about the average pay for an Atlanta court reporter. I still am a student, but my understanding is that the average salary for a court reporter is around 70-90k. The job postings that I see start at aroun 50k, but when you consider experience and speed, realtime capabilities, full- or part-time hours, freelance or salaried, etc... You can make upwards of about 100k+ per year. Of course you know that you get your appearance fee, payment to do the job, plus the copies of the transcript you'll get paid to make, etc. It all adds up. I hope that helps you, even though I need to look into that further myself. I'll let you know when I get more information. Are you considering becoming a court reporter?
At 20:31 on May 28, 2009, Eutko said…
Yessss! I have been missing you. Please make your way to school soon. By now, I have forgotten what I wanted.LOL!!!

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