March 2009 Blog Posts (44)

First year out - interpreted depositions

This could potentially be the easiest deposition that will leave you with a headache.



Call from the agency.



Agency: We've got you on a really easy interpreted depo.

Me: Okay.



Let's break that down. So many things to consider here. Interpreted depos can be easy, really easy. But they can also be really, really difficult. It depends somewhat on the language being interpreted.



Let's break that down.



Spanish - the deposition will be most… Continue

Added by Kyung on March 31, 2009 at 8:00 — 14 Comments

Hey Guys!!!

I haven't been on in forever, but I'm back! Well, maybe for a little while at least ...

I've been very busy working on transcripts and being in court, and YES, I've been practicing. I'm just taking the skills section of the RMR, so we'll see how it goes in May! Will any and everyone who was following my RMR blog update me on what's been going on with you and yours? Either on this blog or the other one or through personal message would be cool. I'd like that :) Byeeeee!

Added by Jessica K. Belcher on March 29, 2009 at 17:31 — 2 Comments

CURIOUS CSR RE-ENTERING FIELD

After a five-year break, am re-entering the field of reporting and will be freelancing in Northern Cal (hopefully, if there's work). I hear things have really slowed down and gone are the days of being as busy as you want to be. Would greatly appreciate any feedback as far as whether or not things are picking up, reporters' opinions on the cause of the slow-down (the economy?), if you see a light at the end of the tunnel, and any other feedback you are willing to share. Thanks!

Added by Ruth Grant on March 28, 2009 at 11:09 — 3 Comments

finger movements and the * key

Hi, all:) I just have been on a blog craze lately, I guess.



I have mentioned in earlier blogs that I am not at all familiar with using the * key for anything other than deletion. Therefore, trying to work Mark's theory into mine, I don't understand how you are supposed to make some of the reaches. For an example:



before he didn't = BR*ERMS --> you're pointer fingers are already on letters (the R- and the -R), so how are you supposed to reach over and hit the * too? What… Continue

Added by Erica Abbott on March 26, 2009 at 14:24 — 5 Comments

Help me pass unfamiliar tests!

Here is my story: I am a night student at South Coast College in Orange. I work full-time (graveyard shift), and I am a single mom. I sleep during the day, wake up and go to school and then straight to work four days a week. I practice as often as I can, which really isn't that much. I type on my break at work for an hour (at 4 in the morning), and I try to get to school early when I can. I have been in school a little over two years, and I know I am moving at a desirable pace. I am currently… Continue

Added by Natalie Sorenson on March 26, 2009 at 8:05 — 3 Comments

I sometimes despair for the next generation

I got a call at 5 mins of 12:00 today, asking if I could cover a 1:00. The reporter ended up going longer than she expected in the AM job. Got there, and the other atty didn't put it on his calendar and forgot all about it.



So I left and went to the parking lot that's next to the building, and the little attendant tells me $6. I said, "For half an hour?" She says, "You got here at 11:50. It's 1:40 now." I'm staring at her like she's nuts. "You just saw me! I just got… Continue

Added by Brenda Rogers on March 25, 2009 at 17:49 — 6 Comments

Caveat emptor

There are thousands of great agencies out there. There are thousands of great reporters out there. And this is a wonderful site for these two groups of people to find each other. Who knows, it might be a match made in heaven.



But (you knew there would be one) there are agencies and reporters out there who aren't quite what they seem to be.



What can you do?



Well, of course, you can post on here and ask for referrals. Hopefully, people will send you an e-mail or… Continue

Added by Kyung on March 24, 2009 at 21:00 — No Comments

LightSpeed, is it worth it?

Okay. I'm sorry that there may have been a blog about this in the past, but I am really truly thinking about hopping on the LS train. I do have an Elan Mira A3, one of the most expensive writers out there you can get. Therefore, I am really nervous about possibly "downgrading". I know it seems silly just to base it on the prices, but it just makes me wonder if the LS is the thing for me. I don't use the audio or the screen on my A3, because I'm always hooked up to my laptop anyway. So really… Continue

Added by Erica Abbott on March 24, 2009 at 7:05 — 15 Comments

Anyone worked for Majestic Reporting in NY

Just received an email from Cover Depos that Majestic Reporting is looking for someone to cover a job. Has anyone worked for them? I see that they're a relatively new agency. Just wondering how they are to work for.

Thanks for any info!

Faith

Added by Faith Pitino on March 24, 2009 at 5:56 — No Comments

Marking the transcript

Hello,

I took a depo wherein the atty asked me to mark the transcript. The witness took her atty's advice not to answer a question. The deposing atty then asked me to mark the transcript.

I've not been faced with this before. Any suggestions on what the blurb would be and what I need to include on my INDEX page, if anything.

Thanks!

Added by Mirosalva on March 23, 2009 at 15:06 — 5 Comments

** A FEW OF THE COMMERCIALS MY HUSBAND IS IN **

Click on the blue links to get to the sites.



December 2009 he's in a Walmart Christmas commercial where he's outside of his house with his neighbor, digging through trash. The neighbor is looking for the hairbrush for Rapunzel Barbie, and Jeff gives his best exasperated look. Oooh, me so proud. Can't find it online yet or else I'd give a link here. If anyone else finds a link, let me know!! Thanks!



DirecTV commercial… Continue

Added by Marla Sharp on March 21, 2009 at 9:00 — 9 Comments

Eclipse vs. Case Catalyst????

Hi Everyone.....I'm sure all the Eclipse users love their software and so do the Case Catalyst users, but those darn sales people are way too good! They keep confusing me. I am going to upgrade and switch over from Open Stenocat and am in need of some first-hand advice from others who have made the move from one software to another, especially from Stenocat to Eclipse and Case and how easy the transition was, also if you switched from/to Eclipse and Case and the reasons why and your experience,… Continue

Added by Dawn Davila on March 20, 2009 at 22:50 — 8 Comments

Question regarding blurbs

I had a situation the other day where it was an interpreted depo. The defense atty is the questioning atty. However, a lot of times during the depo the plf's atty would interrupt the interpreter and start speaking to his client in his native tongue. So of course, the dfs atty and I didn't know what was being said. Do you guys think that I should put in a blurb every time this happened. It was often enough for me to notice and see that the defs atty was getting frustrated.

Help!!!! What… Continue

Added by Cynthia S. Bicad on March 20, 2009 at 9:48 — 3 Comments

Why court reporters should not text

Okay. I finally tried texting. I had a cell phone but I never texted. In fact, I didn't even have that service. Recently I added it on. It's been great. I have more contact with one friend who I can never, ever get ahold of. You call and call and she never returns your calls. (Anyhoo, that's another rant).



Back to our regularly scheduled program.



Do you realize how difficult it is to text when you are used to writing out everything and making sure everything is correct. I… Continue

Added by Kyung on March 20, 2009 at 8:29 — 11 Comments

Experienced proofer needed

Hi. I work every day (almost, with this economy) and I need another proofer. Please email me at BRITRPTR@aol.com.

Rachael

Added by Rachael Louise Hall on March 19, 2009 at 11:24 — 1 Comment

Citing the witness

Can anybody help me out with the proper wording to use when the reporter must "cite the witness"? I remember this from court reporting school about 12 years ago, but it's vague in my mind since I've never had to do it. Well, I've just been given a heads up that my questioning attorney may want to "cite" her witness tomorrow. Help!

Added by Deborah Morin on March 18, 2009 at 22:25 — 8 Comments

Online Training...

I am exploring other options to finish my CR training. Glen, here on CRnation suggested "SimplySteno". Has anyone else heard of it? It is definitely more affordable than the $4,000 a term I am dishing out at a campus school.
Do I have to complete a state accredited school in order to take the RPR or CSR?

Jonathan

Added by Jonathan on March 18, 2009 at 19:44 — 1 Comment

Feeling Defeated...

I've been in school now for almost a year. Unfortunately, this will probably be my last term. Up until the beginning of this year I have managed to only work 3 days a week, and go to school. I currently work for the airline industry as a Flight Attendant and have been employed by my company for over 10 years. I guess I should of saw this coming, but every since our economy has been offiicially "tanked", I now only have about 2 years seniority. I am back "on-call" and can't hold a schedule which… Continue

Added by Jonathan on March 18, 2009 at 15:05 — 6 Comments

Where have you been all my life, Mark?

lol. Okay, maybe not my whole life, but for quite a few years. I finally joined magnum steno club today, and I have already learned so much!!!



Although, doing those speed takes, I just don't know if I am ever going to get there. I feel "dumb" sometimes, like my brain is just too slow and will go on being slow forever. Are there people out there that just have a slow brain that will never pick up speed? I surely hope not, because this is something I want to conquer!!!



The… Continue

Added by Erica Abbott on March 18, 2009 at 11:07 — 10 Comments

It's Coming to an end......

Lord Jesus!!!!! I made it. Next week on the day of March 22nd marks the end of my first semester of Voice and my final exam!!!!!! I am feeling good about it. Its been a long time since I have posted and I have learned soooooo much!!!!! It was very stressful which is why my last post was in FEBRUARY!!!!!! I must say that voice involves a whole lot of computer stuff!!!!!! A WHOLE LOT!!!!!!!

Added by Malinda on March 18, 2009 at 8:15 — No Comments

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