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Reserving reporters far in advance - and then the job cancels!
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Am I the only one who has been suffering from this syndrome?  Certain agencies reserve you a week or even two weeks beforehand.  They tell you just enough about the job to get you to take it, like,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by kathy - iamwrdsmth May 3.

Would you want to take this job?
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I've been offered an arbitration which would be nine days in April and May, with three hookups.  The problem is, one, this agency takes a LONG time to pay, and two, they want me to charge for one…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by kathy - iamwrdsmth May 4, 2016.

 

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kathy - iamwrdsmth replied to David Levy's discussion Reserving reporters far in advance - and then the job cancels!
"Christine, I think you have hit the nail on the head!!  Perhaps reporters should consider a cancellation fee.  Or is that what the appearance fee is??  Like the doctor, or at my dog training class, I pay for the session if I do not…"
May 3
Christine B. Smith replied to David Levy's discussion Reserving reporters far in advance - and then the job cancels!
"That's so frustrating. It can affect your whole team, too (proofer, scopist.) It would probably help to know WHY something gets canceled, but I know that's not always possible. It could be SO many things. In so many other fields, though,…"
May 3
kathy - iamwrdsmth replied to David Levy's discussion Reserving reporters far in advance - and then the job cancels!
"David, I 100 % agree with you!!!  even in court it seems as though the reporter is being more and more frequently down-graded to a ministerial level!!  at least here in Orange County, California, where they have put us on part-time (even…"
May 1
kathy - iamwrdsmth replied to David Levy's discussion Reserving reporters far in advance - and then the job cancels!
"and the "bs reasoning" offered by the agency is not necessarily the reporter's fault.  sometimes agencies will pull a reporter from one job to cover a more important or more lucrative job.  Just because the reporter…"
May 1
David Levy replied to David Levy's discussion Reserving reporters far in advance - and then the job cancels!
"I don't understand why a reporting service would confirm a job the day before, and a reporter would not show up. We reporters are professionals, and we try, I hope, to act as professionals, and we appreciate being treated as professionals…"
Apr 30
David Levy replied to David Levy's discussion Reserving reporters far in advance - and then the job cancels!
""Keep your shorts on"?   I never heard that one before!  Thanks and have a great evening."
Apr 29
Amanda Leigh replied to David Levy's discussion Reserving reporters far in advance - and then the job cancels!
"I understood quite some time ago that an interpreter will charge full rates for whatever time they are booked for if not cancelled more than 48 hours ahead of time.  That might have changed, but that was the way it was in the '90s.…"
Apr 29
David Levy replied to David Levy's discussion Reserving reporters far in advance - and then the job cancels!
"How do interpreters enforce this?  And I refer you to one of the comments I wrote about the agency that refused to pay a late cancellation fee when I was on a two-day job and the lawyers cancelled the second day at the end of the first day.…"
Apr 29
David Levy replied to David Levy's discussion Reserving reporters far in advance - and then the job cancels!
"Quyen, I have been a reporter over forty years, and I don't think I need lectures about, "If you accept a job, you should be committed to it."  Nowhere in my initial letter did I ever say I would give back a job I had accepted…"
Apr 29
Lindsay Pinkham replied to David Levy's discussion Reserving reporters far in advance - and then the job cancels!
"I agree that last-minute cancellations, and settings, for different reasons, are the nature of the industry.  BUT I think if rptrs and agencies take the time to educate their clients, we can lower the frequency of this happening.   If…"
Apr 29
David Levy replied to David Levy's discussion Reserving reporters far in advance - and then the job cancels!
"Karla, I'd love to know the name of this agency you're talking about, but you didn't give an e-mail address so there's no way to reach you.  You can e-mail me at keyboardkat86@gmail.com. Thanks"
Apr 26
kathy - iamwrdsmth replied to David Levy's discussion Reserving reporters far in advance - and then the job cancels!
"Anytime!!  Please keep me informed of any updates. and if you know the name of that agency, please email  me iamwrdsmth@yahoo.com tks, kathy "
Apr 25
Danielle L. Bisbano replied to David Levy's discussion Reserving reporters far in advance - and then the job cancels!
"Thank you for posting this article, Kathy!"
Apr 25
kathy - iamwrdsmth replied to David Levy's discussion Reserving reporters far in advance - and then the job cancels!
"I found this article when searching for info for a student reporter: http://thejcr.com/2015/05/12/your-other-clients/ "we" are the 'other clients'!!"
Apr 25
Danielle L. Bisbano replied to David Levy's discussion Reserving reporters far in advance - and then the job cancels!
"It is an awful situation for the reporter and the agency owner.  I never try to pre-book anyone for "iffy" jobs or just to have enough coverage for any given day.  Half of the stuff will cancel 80% of the time and I don't…"
Apr 25
kathy - iamwrdsmth replied to David Levy's discussion Reserving reporters far in advance - and then the job cancels!
"Karla, I am starting to think you are right that we need to get together and work for ourselves!!! I am still following this conversation wanting to see how many more reporters are experiencing the same things."
Apr 24

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Freelance Court Reporter
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New Jersey
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