Terence D. Skelton
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Help from California Reporters to get info on area for apartments, etc

Since there seem to be a lot of California reporters on this site, I was hoping to pick the brain of some of you on the area.  My son has a master's in biomedical engineering, and since there are a…Continue

Started Apr 14

How to find overflow firms
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Hi, all:  I've been a freelance machine reporter for 26 years.  For most of that time, I've worked for one firm, ten years at a time.  I'd like to start doing overflow work for firms located not just…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kelli Combs (admin) Jan 10, 2015.

Help using the forum
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Hi,all:I got approved to join a group, and it says to click on Send Message to Group.  This option does not appear on my computer.  I've clicked on the Send Message, but I'm denied because I'm not a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kelli Combs (admin) Feb 13, 2014.

Hiring new scopists from online ads, need help screening
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Hi, all.  My scopist of 15 years passed away last year.  We worked great together.  She didn't read notes, so my dictionary has not been worked on for this long, but I could depend on her to get work…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Terence D. Skelton Feb 15, 2014.

 

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Terence D. Skelton left a comment for sandra pedraza
"My email is tadskelton@aol.com.  If you email me, I will forward it to her sister, my scopist, who will forward it to her. "
Jun 20
Terence D. Skelton replied to Chelsea Adams's discussion Stay safe!! in the group Gulf Coast Reporters/Scopists/Proofreaders
"Oh, bless your heart.  Y'all take care!"
Jun 20
sandra pedraza left a comment for Terence D. Skelton
"Hi, I'm a reporter in Mesquite, TX.  I need a scopist occasionally.  And right now I need a scopist.    Would you forward me an email to the person you know that wants to scope."
Jun 20
sandra pedraza and Terence D. Skelton are now friends
Jun 20
Terence D. Skelton replied to Chelsea Adams's discussion Stay safe!! in the group Gulf Coast Reporters/Scopists/Proofreaders
"Where are you at, Meegan?  I'm outside New Orleans.  We're getting a lot of rain.  Jobs cancelling right and left."
Jun 20
Terence D. Skelton commented on Trina F.'s group ProCAT
"My email is tadskelton@aol.com.  If you email me, I'll forward your email to her.  Good luck!"
Jun 20
Terence D. Skelton posted a status
"My scopist's sister, a former reporter, is hoping to start working as a Procat scopist and/or proofreader. How can she join this site?"
Jun 20
Terence D. Skelton replied to Chelsea Adams's discussion Stay safe!! in the group Gulf Coast Reporters/Scopists/Proofreaders
"Y'all, too, Chelsea and friends!"
Jun 20
Terence D. Skelton replied to Lisa Berryhill's discussion Scopist needed in the group ProCAT Scopist (Send Work Request)
"Hi, Lisa Berryhill.  Are you still looking for a Procat scopist?  My scopist's sister, a former reporter, is hoping to start scoping and/or proofreading.  I'd be happy to connect y'all."
Jun 20
Terence D. Skelton commented on Trina F.'s group ProCAT
"My scopist's sister, a former reporter who has left reporting due to hand issues, is hoping to get into scoping and/or proofreading.  She is on Procat.  If anyone is interested, I'd be happy to connect y'all!"
Jun 20
Terence D. Skelton commented on Janet's page Proofreaders
"My scopist's sister, a former reporter who has left reporting due to hand issues, would like to start proofreading.  She is on Procat, but would be able to proofread for anyone.  She is trying her hand at scoping as well.  If any…"
Jun 20
Terence D. Skelton commented on Chelsea Adams's group Gulf Coast Reporters/Scopists/Proofreaders
"Great, Jackie Ostrom!  What system are you on?"
Jun 18
Terence D. Skelton commented on Kelli Combs (admin)'s group Have You Ever Heard Of.....
"Looking for feedback on Compass Reporting Group. Their recorded message came on when I returned the call of what I thought was a local firm.  Thank you for any feedback.  Terri Skelton tadskelton@aol.com"
Jun 14
Terence D. Skelton commented on Kelli Combs (admin)'s group Have You Ever Heard Of.....
"Looking for feedback on Stratos Court Reporting out of Houston.  Thanks in advance. Terri Skelton tadskelton@aol.com"
Jun 14
Terence D. Skelton replied to Chelsea Adams's discussion Where do you travel for work? in the group Gulf Coast Reporters/Scopists/Proofreaders
"I am a birdwatcher, and a lot of times, I will accept far away assignments for a chance to see an unusual bird spotted in a particular area.  I will mapquest the eBird location of the birds and get directions from my job.  If I get out of…"
Jun 5
Terence D. Skelton replied to Sheila Wheeler's discussion Scopist Available in the group ProCAT Scopist (Send Work Request)
"Hi, Sheila, I'll send you an email. "
May 15

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What is your occupation?
Freelance Court Reporter
What state do you live in?
Louisiana
How did you find out about CSRnation?
Google search for scopists
What is your CSR number if you're a court reporter?
Louisiana 88035
If reporter/scopist, what software do you use?
ProCat Version 11

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At 14:27 on June 20, 2017, sandra pedraza said…

Hi, I'm a reporter in Mesquite, TX.  I need a scopist occasionally.  And right now I need a scopist.    Would you forward me an email to the person you know that wants to scope.

At 12:35 on October 9, 2016, Chris said…

Terence,

I wrote on a 8000LX for many years, then got the Impression because, quite frankly, the 8000 was getting way too heavy to haul around.

The Impression, by comparison, is a dream.  It is light and writes beautifully...once you get it calibrated to your touch.  I got mine in January, I think, of '15 but had to spend some time on the phone with tech support.  After the initial setup, I had to tweak things a couple more times on the phone.  And this all has to do with YOUR stroke, i.e. the depth, hardness/lightness of your stroke.  They then requested I send the machine back to them.  They did whatever they do, and it came back and has been wonderful since then until about a couple months ago it came out of adjustment.   Now, whether that's from hauling it around, over curbs, etc., your guess is as good as mine.  I believe that my 8000 LX, and whatever I had before that, you always used to have to adjust your keys.  I'm not particularly mechanically inclined so I always had my machines serviced regularly.  One of the Stenograph-trained repair guys was in the San Francisco Financial District so it was easy enough to swing by there if there was an issue of some sort.  He retired, the machine got old, and that was that, so it was time to find something paperless.  That, combined with my wanting something lighter, was the main reason for exploring options. 

I was going to buy a new/used Diamante from a reporter who basically bought it, used it a short period of time, then got out of reporting, but she sold it locally out from under me rather than having to pack it up and ship it.  ProCat was offering a "deal," so I went with it.   As long as they are getting your money out of you, they are friendly and helpful.   But they're not any different than any of the other equipment providers.

Court reporters are a limited market and since the number of reporters are dwindling, all these companies are going to hold your feet to the fire to get what they can because they are techies, and that's what techies do.  I've recently had an experience where I had an adjustment session, an issue that wasn't there when I initially requested the service call was created, and the company contact has been unresponsive.  They are usually very quick to send you an evaluation after your session but that never showed up either.  The fix may be as simple as maybe checking a box or something for all I know, but I'm irritated with them right now and will most likely ship the machine down to them again during the holidays when work is slow.  I've figured out a way to live with the issue until I can let it go for a few days.

One thing I discovered about ProCat is that your service contract does not transfer if you sell the machine.   So if you purchase a used machine, that should be accounted for in the price.  Service contract is, ballpark, $300/year and more if you want to pay for them to send you a loaner.  Personally, I'd take the week off and just not worry about it but that's just me.

I guess my message is pick your poison as far as the company, but as far as the writer goes, I think with all of them they need adjustment from time to time.   Look at where the repair facilities are and what hoops you have to jump through to maintain it and the service contracts and warranties.  Knowing that I was only going to use the machine a short time before I retired from reporting, my hope was that I'd be able to recoup a good portion of my money when I sold it.  We'll see how that turns out.  Despite my current "issue," I'm not going to throw the writer under the bus.  And I think I felt the same way about the keyboard as someone else had mentioned, but I measured it with a tape measure and it was exactly the same size as my 8000LX.   So I

At 13:56 on January 10, 2015, Terence D. Skelton said…

Hi, all.  I have finally found some good reliable scopists, so I am hoping to increase my workload.  I live in a suburb of New Orleans, Louisiana, and I'd love to get with a national firm that makes assignments to local reporters when their clients have a need in my geographic area.  For all of my career, I have worked for one firm, for many years at a time, but I have time now to do overflow for more firms.  I don't have my own clients, so I think a national firm might be the best fit for me, since the local firms only want to hire reporters with their own clients so they can help them build their business.  Thank you for any suggestions!

 
 
 

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