January 2009 Blog Posts (38)

Fire - Can you help?


I swear, this family has had a hard 2009 already. Chris and Cheril are the parents of Bryan.

Ron and I were awoken yesteday morning at 4:30 a.m. with a very distraunt and disoriented call. Cheril was at work as she works as a reporter for her local newspaper and was filing a late story before printing.

Chris woke up to heavy, heavy smoke. It's a wonder he did because he's a very heavy sleeper, hard to wake up. He jumped up, only in jockies, started… Continue

Added by Patricia Harris Vernon on January 31, 2009 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Gemini Revolution Grand is great!

Just got it and am testing it out. Writing with steno keys, LOL. It has the best touch! ! ! I thought the Revolution was good, but this is even better! Will do pictures soon. . . .

Added by Rhoda Collins on January 30, 2009 at 11:43 — 5 Comments

I think I blinked and missed January

Wow!! My head is spinning. This month is almost over. I can't believe it.

The good news, I haven't been writing 2008 on all my checks. Of course, that's probably just bec. I haven't been writing any checks. I'm just letting them pile up until the bill collectors arrive at my door. Just kidding. And don't worry you scopists and proofers out there. I'm still paying you on time. But it did seem extra fast to me.

The bad news. I hear in California they're not going to be… Continue

Added by Kyung on January 30, 2009 at 5:53 — 3 Comments

Okay, I love Indiana

I have discovered the Midwest. I mean, not by myself or anything, but after a life lived on either coast I was abandoned in Indiana* and I LIKE IT. There are things I miss, like good bagels, but right now I'm stuck in my log house in a snowstorm. How cool is that? Think hot cocoa and warm fireplace. And shoveling snow is very good exercise.

Does anyone else think Chicago is wonderful-er than New York and LA combined? Have you experienced a state fair where they actually have fried… Continue

Added by Tracy Revalee on January 29, 2009 at 8:30 — 6 Comments





Added by Renee Pacheco on January 28, 2009 at 21:19 — 3 Comments

Losing Focus

Ok. I have 9 months left in the program and quite honestly, I am losing my focus. I know I want this so bad but it just seems like I am stuck. I could probably take some speed tests and hope that I pass but it just seems like I don't even want to practice anymore.

I just don't know at this point what I should do............................

To be continued....................

Added by Angela McPherson on January 27, 2009 at 6:29 — 12 Comments

Depository and deposition location question...

I have an attorney friend who I have been trying to get as a client for awhile. He had his own office for awhile but is now back at a firm who does construction defect. He wants to use my services but needs to be able to access a depository and have the depositions at that location. Do any of you reporters with your own clients have any suggestions on how to accomodate that. Or agencies out there too. I know one way to handle it is to use an agency's depository and depo room and the client… Continue

Added by Mary Motley O'Brien on January 26, 2009 at 10:41 — No Comments

Punctuation in Voice....

I have officially ended my third week in voice. We are now learning how to insert our punctuation into or material. I had no idea that we had to say punctuation as well while dictation.....you may be asking yourself how that is possible. Well for those of you who have had the pleasure of getting a taste of both worlds like myself (Steno and Voice) you have come to know that there are such things as "briefs". When you are doing voice and punctuation has come into play its a lot different than… Continue

Added by Malinda on January 22, 2009 at 8:30 — 3 Comments

detour through single mommyhood

So I've been doing the single parent gig this week. Man, it's a lot of work.

Kudos to all you moms and dads who do it on your own all the time.

So far, I've been working local and at decent hours w/attorneys who understand that a 12-hour depo does not a good reporter make. I've had local jobs, so even if we finished up late, I've been able to run over and pick up my daughter. I haven't had to call on the grandparents once.

However, that may change today since I… Continue

Added by Kyung on January 21, 2009 at 7:38 — 5 Comments

Scopist/Proofreader needed.

Proofreader/scopist need on Case Catalyst. 24-year reporter, LiveNote reporter. Please contact Theresatramondo@aol.com or call 212-517-7272..

Added by Theresa Tramondo on January 20, 2009 at 14:53 — 2 Comments

Hi everyone, thanks for replying to my being stuck in 200. All the advice was very good and I will try everything until I find something thats works for me. Keep the advice coming. Thanks. Also if an…

Hi everyone, thanks for replying to my being stuck in 200. All the advice was very good and I will try everything until I find something thats works for me. Keep the advice coming. Thanks. Also if anyone knows how to install cast catalyst 9 (easy version, short version :) ) dictionary, please let me know. Teacher's version is to complicated. Thanks so much! Continue

Added by Brigette M Goodman on January 18, 2009 at 13:22 — 1 Comment

Scoping work

Currently working in a calendar courtroom with little or no transcripts. Looking to do some scoping during the evenings. I've worked in the court system for 20 years and have been on ProCat during that time. Please email me at dbella5333@yahoo.com if you have any work you need help with.

Added by Debbie Bellanca on January 18, 2009 at 9:30 — No Comments

NCRA Public Advisory 45

I jumped over here to see what discussions I might be missing on this subject, and there was none. Shoot. I guess I'll get the ball rolling.

Guidance on Gift Giving Rules (Provision No. 8)

Statement of Facts

The NCRA Board of Director of the Association asked the Committee on Professional Ethics to provide practical guidance on the gift giving restrictions of Provision No. 8, which states in part that “A Member shall … Refrain from giving, directly or indirectly, any… Continue

Added by Lisa Migliore Black on January 17, 2009 at 12:46 — 1 Comment

Case Catalyst Scopist available

I have been a scopist for 4 years. I am located in BC, Canada. I am looking to expand my client base. If you are interested in trying me out, please send me an email to stacylives@shaw.ca.

Added by Stacy Murray on January 16, 2009 at 15:21 — No Comments

Is scoping work easy or difficult to find?

I am a medical transcriptionist, formerly trained in court reporting and retraining again now. I am looking for some extra work to do from my home and am considering a scoping course. Can any of the scopist out there tell me how well they have fared in this profession? Is there much demand?

Added by Kimberly on January 16, 2009 at 8:21 — No Comments

Airplane Crash in New York City.

When I came out of court today, I heard about this airplane crash in the Hudson River. Living in New York, I'm not a stranger to airplanes crashing. Of course, I couldn't help to think back to 9/11. My spirits rose to hear that everyone survived and bravo to the pilot and crew of that airplane, they did a great job! Also, bravo to the passengers who didn't panic and trample each other.

Although, it's a shame a perfectly good airplane is lost, it's not a shame that we have skilled… Continue

Added by Anthony D. Frisolone on January 15, 2009 at 18:07 — 7 Comments

To Depo Firms Everywhere

Times have changed. It's time to get rid of your ridiculous cover sheet formats that were designed for typewriters and come up with a standard deposition cover page format, including appearance and index page, certs, etc., that all freelance reporters can know and use. Yes, you should all be the same! Who cares if you don't number the first page? Who cares if you leave the line numbers off the first page? Come on! Give us one good format. Freelancers are having to work for multiple firms now,… Continue

Added by Katy Cuellar on January 15, 2009 at 11:38 — 10 Comments

25 Yrs. Experience-CaseCatalyst Scopist and/or Proofreader

I have 25 years experience on CaseCatalyst. Good rates, excellent turn-around time, very extensive vocabulary. Please E-Mail for more info. I would love to be able to help YOU!!!!!! loewbeth@yahoo.com Beth

Added by Beth Loew on January 14, 2009 at 12:02 — No Comments

Calling All Voice Writers

Any Voice writers on here? Let's chit chat.

Added by Malinda on January 14, 2009 at 9:22 — 1 Comment

My First Week in Voice writing

My first week I have to admit was pretty boring!!!! just alot of breathing excercises and learning how to develop your tone. For voice writing we have to keep our voices inaudible and very monotone(robotic like) really weird when you play it back. I caught on naturally, they say I have found my calling.(smile)

Added by Malinda on January 14, 2009 at 9:00 — 5 Comments

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