Mary Ann Payonk
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  • Alexandria, VA
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Mary Ann Payonk commented on Sheree Gilkey's blog post Would You Work for a Non CSR Agency?
"I do every day, and most if not all agencies I usually work for are not owned by reporters.  They don't blast email me looking for a warm body, they pay the best rates, give nothing away for free - and in the rare case they've entered…"
Nov 27, 2019
Mary Ann Payonk replied to Joanne Bryan's discussion Maryland Transcript Rules
"There are no rules in Maryland for transcript format.  Many agencies in that state use the 21-line format.  Yes, you read that right.  Twenty one lines.  Enjoy!  And welcome to the wild, wild west out here ..."
Oct 7, 2019
Mary Ann Payonk posted a discussion

Washington DC Reporter Empowerment 2019

Registration is now open for Reporter Empowerment 2019, a conference I personally host annually here in the Washington, DC area, this year at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia.REPORTER EMPOWERMENT is a conference where voices of experience share valuable institutional knowledge not just on writing tips, but negotiation skills, best work practices, including advice on how to deal with difficult, inappropriate, or unreasonable requests. It's a golden opportunity find great…See More
Sep 19, 2019
Mary Ann Payonk posted an event

REPORTER EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE 2019 at Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, Arlington, VA

October 17, 2019 at 6pm to October 20, 2019 at 7pm
REPORTER EMPOWERMENT is a conference where voices of experience share valuable institutional knowledge not just on writing tips, but negotiation skills, best work practices, including advice on how to deal with difficult, inappropriate, or unreasonable requests. It's a golden opportunity find great work through networking. REPORTER EMPOWERMENT is about being worth those good rates we want to be paid! Attendance is limited to 75. Reporter Empowerment is for independent freelance court reporters.See More
Sep 19, 2019
Mary Ann Payonk replied to Maverick Reporting, Inc.'s discussion Join Us to Stop the SoCal Stip!
"WILD APPLAUSE for this progressive movement!  Join the Facebook group to read how reporters are joining together in a united front to STOP this practice that is actually against the laws on the book but has been practiced for literally…"
Aug 15, 2019

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At 13:51 on July 1, 2011, Kerry F said…

Hi Mary Ann,


Love reading your posts!

At 10:43 on December 25, 2009, Janiece Young said…
Mary Ann,
Have fun. The day you have planned sounds great. I had planned on going to a movie today too but we had a blizzard here last night so I'm digging out my driveway in between working on my Hispanlic witness. I don't know which is worse, shoveling the driveway or my Hispanic speaker. I love Mexican food but I don't think I'm going to be in the mood for it for a while after I get this done. hahahaha
Have a wonderful day, Janiece
At 20:14 on December 23, 2009, Lynnette Copenhaver said…
Hi, Mary Ann
I hope you accept my friend request. I'm always intrigued by your comments and good advice to the many members on this site, so I just had to introduce myself and say hello.
Happy Holidays!!!
At 14:46 on December 7, 2009, Valencia Caston Simmons said…
Hi Mary Ann. Thanks for the 'outings' update. I'll keep my eyes open for the next gathering.
At 0:07 on December 1, 2009, Jennie Ann said…
Oh, Mary Ann, that would be so generous of you to donate to the rescue league that saved my father, taking him to Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, when the D.C. ambulance service refused to do it.

It is Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, 5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-2699. Their phone number is 301-652-0077, and their website is BCCRS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to the Rescue Square are tax-deductible as permitted by law. The D.C. Charitable Solicitation Number is 53004867.

Thank you so much for thinking of this very worthy organization. I cannot say enough good things about them. I live in D.C., but I am a half block from the Maryland line, and they came to my father's rescue. I will never forget them.
At 15:27 on November 7, 2009, Cynthia M. Cathcart said…
Absolutely, I accept your invitation to be FRIENDS!! I am honored. So, you found a few moments to kinda chill?!!! Great. Continue to enjoy your weekend, My Friend. Cynthia
At 9:55 on September 18, 2009, Bess A. Avery said…
Hey, Mary Ann. Thanks again for the beautiful venue and esprit de corps this past Tuesday at the B&B on 14th St., D.C. I think it's a very good idea to have live bodies getting together and communicating and sharing. The soft-light ambience was superlative, and reporter comraderie, inspiriting. Thank you! And, please, count me in for the next meeting. To be sure I'll spread the word of there being an organization for reporter networking in Northern Va, D.C., and southern Md.
At 8:27 on September 14, 2009, Mary Jo Cochran said…
Mary Ann:

I asked about professional writers, and I got a response from Glen - wasn't exactly what I wanted, but I will read his stuff.

To keep it simple: I plan on start looking for a CR job in January. The Stenoram II I got is okay, but I realize it won't do for the long run (backup).

My financial situation, I cannot go into the Miras or other expensive stuff. I want something that is decent, I can connect to a laptop and do real time (just for me). Glen seemed to feel that the Stenuras are a bad choice. I'm an old writer. I want to also make a paper transcript.

I'm thining of the Stenura 800, 600 or a 500. I was even thinking of a Smart Writer. I did look at the ProCat Flash, and that looked okay too.

In January, I am not planning to be the highest paid reporter with all the glittery stuff - just enough to do the job.

What do you suggest?
At 21:03 on August 6, 2009, Tami said…
Hey, welcome to the Magnum Steno Fan Club, Mary Ann!!
At 7:09 on June 23, 2009, Rita Clapp said…
Hi. My name is Rita Clapp, and I am looking for a court reporter to work with. I use the Total Eclipse NT software.

I have been working with a trial court reporter who uses the Case Catalyst program, so I’ve gotten an education with .rtf files as well as using the FTR recording device.

I am looking for long-term work relationships with court reporters, however am available for short-term and overflow work. I provide both standard and expedited services.

Rita Clapp

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