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What to say when promoting stenographic court reporters


There are times when you may need to stand up for your profession – when talking to a colleague, a judge, a lawyer, or even a friend – and you’ll have to be ready with information that promotes stenographic court reporting. Below are some quick reference points for you to use in these situations. If you have questions or feedback, please email


The advantages of a stenographic court reporter and realtime over DAR/ER:

  • Stenographic court reporters cover the cost of upgrades to new equipment and software in most jurisdictions. The costs of software and hardware updates are subsequently shifted onto the taxpayer when digital audio recording is used.
  • A realtime stenographic court reporter is the most technologically advanced individual in the courtroom. They can provide instantaneous “voice-to-text” transcription for any judge, attorney, juror, or witness.
  • A realtime stenographic court reporter can also provide “daily copy” allowing the judge and all parties a daily record of the proceedings. This is an efficiency that only a stenographic realtime reporter can offer to parties and to the court, allowing for maximum access to justice.
  • Electronic recording and digital audio recording can produce an adequate record, but they cannot produce an accurate record. Transcripts from recordings are riddled with inaudible statements, tapes are easily lost or misplaced, and oftentimes the equipment simply fails or a clerk forgets to turn it on leading to entire proceedings not being recorded.
  • Studies conducted by Justice Served, and independent court management consulting company found that, when all factors are considered, the cost of producing a transcript from a stenographic court reporter is less than the cost of producing a transcript from a digital audio recording.
  • We have seen jurisdictions in New Mexico, New Jersey, and Texas, as well as others, return to a stenographic court reporter due to failures in their expensive audio recording systems.



On joining NCRA


Similarly, you may need some thoughts when explaining the value of NCRA membership to a friend or colleague. Below are just a few of the many reasons NCRA is great for stenographic professionals (all of which you probably already know):


Here are just a few things that NCRA does for you and your profession: 

  • Provide a community with access to other professionals and clients, who can broaden your network and increase your business; 
  • Give you the latest news and information in the industry through a complimentary subscription the JCR magazine, or email newsletters; 
  • Provide you with certification, continuing education, and training for professionals of all levels of technology and skill; 
  • Give you access to online forums and chats with other reporters; 
  • Be your voice to build awareness, and defend the stenographic reporting profession in the halls of government.


NCRA promotes excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken work to text. We are committed to supporting these individuals through education and certification, promotion of the stenographic profession throughout the legal industry, and defense of the industry in the halls of government. NCRA provides regular news and information to its members through email newsletters and its JCR magazine, as well as on its website. Industry professionals benefit from membership with NCRA by broadening their network, bringing them new business, personal and career enhancements, and receiving the best possible access to information and education. Not only that, but members help to strengthen their collective voice through their support of NCRA. For more information or to join, visit the NCRA website at