Building a reporter/scopist relationship from the ground up

Reporters, your golden opportunity may have just presented itself.

Read Brytta Fitzgibbon's post.  Brytta is a scopist-to-be, having completed her academic work and now looking for a reporter with whom to intern.  She hasn't bought software yet.

I know you are busy people, but especially for those of you who are dissatisfied with the scopists you've used, here's a lady you can train to do things your way.

I'm willing to mentor Brytta on using Eclipse, if she'd like help and that's the software she buys.  I'm hoping one of you, maybe more, will mentor her in the important things scopists need to have/do in order to produce quality transcripts.

Happy New Year.  May this be the year you help create a good reporter/scopist relationship.

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Comment by Brytta Fitzgibbons on January 25, 2014 at 8:58


Actually, I am going with CaseCATalyst.

Comment by D Sanders, RDR, CRR on January 23, 2014 at 6:45

 Giving back the corrected transcript and learning how to fully use your software are the two most important things that a scopist and reporter can do for each other.  Also I think a scopist learns a lot from, at the beginning, going back and reading the transcript themselves.  Just my .05 worth.

Comment by Brytta Fitzgibbons on January 5, 2014 at 13:47

Thank you for the kind support and starting the conversation. I want to be an excellent scopist.

Comment by Joyce Davis on January 4, 2014 at 13:55

Absolutely, Kelli.  A newbie needs constructive criticism along with praise and encouragement.  I'm glad you had good results with her.  It's a big investment of time to mentor someone.  Let's hope that Byrtta's post receives a positive response from a reporter who's willing to do what you did.

Comment by Kelli Combs (admin) on January 4, 2014 at 13:26

I did that with my scopist now.  Started training her before she even bought the Eclipse software. I've been using her for about four years now.   She's not perfect; I guess no one is.  We work pretty well together because she doesn't get offended when I point out her mistakes.  If I never say anything, she'll never learn.  Lots of scopists get offended.  They want your hard-earned money but don't want you to point out what they're doing wrong.

You need to let her know, Joyce, she needs to learn to take constructive criticism.  

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