hey girl. what's up in your world? you done with the voice class yet? i haven't done a thing in forever, but i'm dipping my toe back in the pool. just trying to decide if i want to start on the machine again or do the voice. say hello when you get a chance. talk at you later. p.s. i may steal your haircut!
Well, you look tan, happy and relaxed in your photo! You always have a good time!
Congratulations for you - what specialty is your attorney? Where you living? When's your exam?
I changed schools to College of Court Reporting and I'm happy as a clam and doing really well - much better! Quit my job, sold my house, sending my son to university - moving to Lubbock, Texas tomorrow - I'm the happiest I've been in 11 years - no kidding! Can you see me doing my Snoopy dance?!!!!!
We are EXTREMELY busy here in Lafayette. I guess you're in the New Orleans area?? Yes, they are mostly machine.
Around here most are mask writers. I started out on the machine (school) and didn't want to stay in school 7 years (like the norm).
Hi, Jill. When I was producing transcripts from stenomask reporters, I was transcribing two-channel standard cassette audiotapes, actually typing the transcript word for word on a computer with a QWERTY keyboard.
Today, the stenomask industry has advanced to using CAT voice recognition software, and then their transcripts are scoped. I don't do that, but I have a few friends who have invested in the voice recognition software. Years ago, it cost almost $10,000. I'm sure it's come down in price today. You have to develop your own dictionary to make it effective.
Check out this website for speech recognition software that some stenotypists use: Speechtek
There will be an upcoming Stenomask Convention in August at Opryland in Nashville, August 26-29, 2009. You should go and network with other stenomaskers. I think you may really enjoy it. Also, check out the stenomask forum: NVRA Forum
Jill, there's a lot of court reporting agencies in D.C., and if you ever decide to make the move up here, I would be happy to provide you some names of good companies, where you might be able to get your foot in the door.
I think I gained the best experience working in-house for a busy court reporting company, learning from seasoned veterans in the industry. Being in the trenches with others helped me gain the skills set I needed to be a proficient transcriptionist. It was exactly what I needed to move forward.