Careers in Captioning & Court Reporting

The National Court Reporters Association represents a variety of professionals in the court reporting industry. Captioners, court reporters, and legal videographers are all focused on capturing the spoken word.

 

Captioner

 

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I love that I get to caption big world events. I’ve captioned the State of the Union address, Nancy Reagan’s funeral, and the pope when he was in America.

 

"I am a captioner. I work from home to caption live news and sporting events. Sportscasters speak; I write. My steno is instantly translated to English with impressive accuracy, given the speed at which this process happens. As a specialized CART captioner, I also provide an instantaneous text stream to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. I level the playing field in classrooms, at community events, at church services, and whenever I’m needed. I open doors of information." Learn more

 

 

 

Court Reporter

I made it through court reporting school by having a great group of friends who were also students. Hard work does pay off in the end when you finally get to take your first deposition.

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"I am a court reporter. I’m fluent in a language that allows me to convert speech to text as fast as humans can speak (at least 225 words per minute with 96% accuracy). I put Siri to shame. I’m a master of technology. I’m committed to constantly learning and improving my skills. I run my own business as a freelancer, and I set my own hours – I may write deposition transcripts one day and caption a town hall meeting or church service the next. Or, I work in federal, state, county, and local courts to capture the record." Learn more

 

 

 

Legal Videographer

 

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Although automation of equipment has made one aspect of videography easier, there are many more variables that one encounters as a legal videographer. Encoding, transcoding, synchronization, archiving, editing, and trial presentation now fall in the videographers’ domain.

 

"I am a legal videographer. I love technology. I capture the video record of depositions. I make sure that the video evidence supports the official transcript provided by a professional court reporter, and I can even sync the transcript to my video to create a polished, effective tool for litigators." Learn more