I saw your posting on CSRNation and I am looking for a proofreader who does corrections on the actual file, not an errata sheet. I'm on Case Catalyst and if you're interested, let me know. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Hi Colleen, My name is Cyndi. I am a new member. I am currently from Philadelphia, Pa and will be relocating to the Orlando area in June. I wanted to know if you had any insight on how and where I would be able to find employment as a court reporter.
I have been reporting for 6 months. I have done depositions and also CART in the colleges for hearing impaired. I love that and would love to do that in Florida if it is available.
Please whenever you have a chance, please email with any information that would be helpful to me!! I would highly appreciate it!!
My email address is email@example.com
Let's see -- yes, I work from home. I used to do CART full-time and caption part-time, but my husband and I are starting a family so I just caption now. Right now I'm on an evening and night shift schedule, but I have put in a request for day shift so we will see what happens. Maybe after I have my baby and get back in the swing of things I can write some blogs about it, because it's something I'm sure a lot of people would be interested in.
I'm not sure what you mean when you ask if there are agencies strictly for captioning. Are you asking if there are companies that just do captioning? Of course -- there are many, from VITAC to NCI to Caption Colorado to CaptionMax and of course many smaller companies (I know there is one in KS but I cannot think of its name right now).
I think most companies are going with the hourly rate, especially for P/T. F/T may have a salary for a base amount of hours and then the hourly rate, which is what my company does. Certain types of programming do pay a little more than others (i.e. sports, financial conference calls) but I'm sure that varies by the company.
I know on the Yahoo! captioners group there was talk of some newscasts (I think like the national news) available for download on iTunes. If you don't have an iPod, you can still sign up for an account and download them. I believe they are free. There are also some stations that will air their newscasts online, but I am not sure which ones and have asked a fellow captioner about it. When I find out, I'll let you know.
If you have more questions, feel free to e-mail me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sounds like you're on the right track with the accuracy. BTW, what is XScribe? I am totally clueless about it.
P.S. I was reading the previous comment and I am on Eclipse. But Case Cat is just as good and it's a matter of whatever one you trained with.
Orlando. I bet that place is a zoo lately with all the Casey Anthony stuff. I lived in Florida for five years but have now settled in Colorado Springs and I adore it.
It's not hard to get back into it at all. I went with Case Cat, and the initial outlay for the software is $225.00. That is the first payment plus shipping, and then the payment is $175/quarter for the next three years. Or you can buy it outright for $1300. You get tech support 9:00 to 5:00 Eastern time, not 24/7, and you don't get training; although they have lists of trainers that you can hire out of your own pocket. If you're familiar with computers at all, it's no big deal to figure out.
Case Cat is fairly easy to use. CAT systems have changed a great deal since the Xcribe & Baron Data days. If you'd like to give me a call, my number is on my profile and we can chat about it. It's a great system and it's a great living for folks like us, retired reporters who now scope/proofread for a living. I have three young children, one of whom is special needs. She requires a lot of my time, and scoping/proofreading enables me to take care of all of her needs, plus the needs of my other two children, and still make a decent living.
Go ahead and give me a shout. It's always nice to talk to other retired reporters. Go for the gusto, Colleen. You'll really enjoy it!