Hi Anita! I read your comment that you wrote to Monti, and although i am not a court reporter yet, i think i have an answer to your question. You know, so many court reporters graduate from school not knowing what to accept out there in the real world. I hear girls in my school all the time say that when they graduate, they would take any job because they have bills, tuition to pay back etc... They have also said they heard that its slow right now so they are willing to take anything. So i believe these are the people that are taking these low paying jobs, but the truth is, the schools don't tell you not to take a job, especially when you first graduate, instead they tell you to accept whatever is being offered until you gain enough experience and can run with the big dogs. Like Monti said, one job offered him $25.00 an hour and he said "no" but to some people that's better than nothing. Another reason, some of these newly reporter don't know what a decent pay rate is. When you graduate, the schools don't tell you a ballpark figure of what you should be making and right now, how could they with the economy nose is diving downwards instead of upwards.
I hope this is the reason and the only reason. Talk to you soon :)
Hi, Anita. If you are a member of the NCRA, please help us fight the motion. If you, in any way, could afford to go to the annual convention, please do so and vote YES on the Motion to Rescind. Please also post your response to "Concerned Student" in the forum, as I know there are many reporters out there who feel that deposition reporters cannot be replaced. You are a living example of, yes, WE CAN be replaced! We need all the help we can get to spread the word that, YES, our profession is indeed threatened. Thanks, Anita. I apologize if I have bothered you, but I have to try to do whatever I can to help save "us."
Anita, If you join the Total Eclipse group here, your Eclipse questions get posted to all its members. Right now there are ...I forget. Over 60??? We need to get more questions going over there with such a big group! Hope you found your timecode answer!
As far as captioning training goes, there are only a handful.
I have heard great things about Caption Masters, which is run by Judy Brentano. www.educaption.net
There is NJ Captions, which is run by Jenifer Bonfilio. www.njcaptions.com
There is a CR school called TextStream Institute which is owned by a woman named Rhonda Zacharias, who is an excellent court reporter/captioner, but due to an injury had to stop writing. She does individual training and may be able to tailor make a program for you. www.textstreaminstitute.com.
Anissa Niernberger, the creator of Dictionary Jumpstart and also a long-time captioner has trained people in the past. She may know of someone. www.dictionaryjumpstart.com
I had excellent one-on-one training from Janet Cassidy Burr, but unfortunately I cannot find her website and I think she may have retired from training. You might try Googling her name to see if anything pops up. She used to have a website.
Not sure where you are in your training or career, but I would highly recommend getting private lessons rather than just a course on captioning, and "I believe" the above listed all fit the private lesson type category.
Transitioning from court reporting or captioning/CART is the type of learning where the student needs personal attention. There are so many tips and tricks that one can only learn from someone who is actually doing the job. Writing clean and fast on the machine is only part of it.
Hope this info is useful to you. If you have any other questions, I would be glad to help if I can.
Well, now I"m working in NJ, but when I started reporting I worked for Bob, so I was dying to ask you, since you're from the NYC area, about Bob. BTW, do you know Maureen McCormick? She was a fantastic reporter and she would talk about the unions. What about Marilyn Morrison or Abe Zimmerman/Zimmer?
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