AccuScript, Inc. Court Reporting & Video we are committed to
ensuring the future of our profession. Never before in the history
of court reporting has there been such a demand for court reporters,
captioners and CART providers. The future is bright indeed for those
who are prepared to take advantage of these new and rewarding opportunities.
a court reporting student, you know that preparing yourself to meet
the challenges of your chosen career requires great effort and discipline.
You also know that there is no substitute for hands-on experience
when it comes to learning.
Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association, through its Education
Committee, has created a statewide mentoring program in cooperation
with official court reporters, captioners, freelance reporters and
agency owners. Lisa V. Feissner, RDR, CRR is a member of the
PCRA Education Committee and the coordinator of the PCRA Mentoring
Program. We have therefore included information about the PCRA Mentoring
Program on our web site in order to encourage participation in this
popular program. In
addition, we have established our own Student Internship Program.
Information on both programs is set forth below.
hope that you will take advantage of these useful programs.
Participation in the mentoring program, however, is limited by the
number of mentors who generously volunteer to give up their valuable
time to provide advice and encouragement to student reporters. Although
we would like to offer an internship to everyone who applies, participation
in this program is also limited. For more information, call us at
(800) 596-0001 or e-mail Lisa V. Feissner directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
more information on court reporting programs in Pennsylvania,
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AccuScript, Inc. Court Reporting & Video, we offer two types
of formal internships: student internships and working internships.
We also offer informal internships or "shadowing." There
is no charge to you or your school to participate in either a formal
or informal internship. The only requirements are that you: (1)
agree to maintain the confidentiality of the information you acquire
during the course of your internship concerning the litigants and
the subject matter of the litigation, and (2) wear appropriate attire
and maintain a professional demeanor at all times, since you will
be coming face to face with attorneys, doctors and other professionals.
recommend shadow days for court reporting students who would like
to sit out with an experienced reporter in different working environments
to get a feel for what freelance court reporting is all about. You
need not be a court reporting student to participate in the shadow
day program, however, as we also offer shadow days to high school
students or other individuals interested in court reporting as a
profession. Shadow days can be arranged at your convenience, such
as while you are on a holiday break. We will accept as many students
for shadowing as our schedule permits. Call (800) 596-0001 for more
information or to schedule your own shadow day.
internships are offered for court reporting students who have completed
their course of study and are required by their school to intern
with a freelance firm as a requirement for graduation. Since different
court reporting schools have different internship requirements,
if you choose to do an internship with us we will tailor the internship
to meet your school's requirements. For example, we will ensure
that you receive the requisite number of internship hours and that
all student evaluation forms are completed and submitted to your
school in a timely manner. Student internships are a great way to
acclimate yourself to the world of court reporting. We will accept
as many student interns as our schedule permits. Call (800) 596-0001
for more information or to schedule your own student internship.
purpose of the working internship is to make your transition from
student to working reporter a more comfortable experience, build
your confidence in your abilities and allow you an opportunity to
sharpen your skills in a non-threatening environment. The length
of a working internship varies according to the skill of the individual
reporter, but is usually between six to nine months. If you're fresh
out of school, you'll sit out with experienced reporters for about
six weeks before actually taking on your first assignment. Afterwards,
you'll only be given as much work as you can handle. Then as your
speed and skills improve, you'll gradually be assigned more work.
You are not given difficult assignments until you gain the experience
you need to manage them with confidence. Every step of the way your
work product is reviewed and you're given advice on how to become
more proficient in using both your shorthand machine and your CAT
system. You're also given practical and procedural training on such
- How to handle
- AccuScript, Inc. office
- How to use the AccuScript,
Inc. style manual
- Grammar and punctuation
of the spoken word
- Brief forms, building
a dictionary, and speedbuilding
- How to manage
your finances as an independent contractor
- Auto-includes and
how to get the most out of your CAT system
- How to find
your way around the Hazleton, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton area
internships are only available to students who have made a commitment
to join AccuScript, Inc. Court Reporting & Video after graduation.
For more information on working internships, call us at (800) 596-0001.
PCRA Education Committee is committed to increasing enrollment and
retention rates at Pennsylvania's court reporting schools. To
increase retention rates, PCRA has created a statewide mentoring
program in cooperation with official court reporters, captioners,
freelance reporters and agency owners. The mentoring program is
designed to provide court reporting students with encouragement
and practical advice on everything from speedbuilding to how to
overcome test-taking anxieties.
PCRA mentoring program matches student reporters with freelance
reporters, official reporters and captioners in the student's geographic
region. Every effort is made to match students with the type of
reporter they have chosen, but PCRA cannot guarantee that you will
be matched with the type of mentor in which you have expressed an
level of involvement is totally up to you and your mentor. It may
be as simple as an occasional e-mail conversation, or you could
actually spend time on the job with your mentor to observe what
a court reporter's day actually entails.
in the PCRA Mentoring Program is limited by the number of mentors
who generously volunteer to give up their valuable time to provide
advice and encouragement to novice reporters. There is no cost to
you to participate. Call Lisa V. Feissner at (800) 596-0001 for
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a CAT system
- Once you
are matched with your mentor, please contact her/him immediately
and maintain that contact on a regular basis. The student/mentor
relationship will only work if you actively seek your mentor's
guidance when you need it.
- Please respect
your mentor's work schedule. Remember that your mentor is engaged
in a challenging profession which at times requires her or his
complete attention to the job. Give your mentor a day or two to
return your inquiries.
- Ask specific
questions of your mentor. If you are having difficulty with a
particular word, phrase, fingering, speed, etc., ask your mentor
specifically how you can overcome the problem.
- Follow your
mentor's lead as to what kind of relationship you will develop.
If your mentor does not want to meet in person, do not take it
personally. He or she may be very busy or may prefer to maintain
phone and/or e-mail contact only.
- If it suits
both you and your mentor, meet in person. Spend time on the job
writing (if appropriate) and observing what the rest of a court
reporter's day entails. Remember to dress appropriately and have
your machine in good working order and full of paper.
- If a good
rapport develops between you and your mentor, a working relationship
may follow. Use this time to evaluate what type of court reporting
career suits you best.
HOW TO EVALUATE
this brief quiz to determine what areas you need to work on.
than 10 conflicts, and they are all low-frequency words.
Fewer than 20 conflicts, and most are low-frequency words.
More than 10 high-frequency conflicts.
More than 25 high-frequency conflicts.
At the job, I generally get:
basic punctuation and most more advanced punctuation.
All basic punctuation ans some advanced punctuation.
Some basic punctuation.
or no punctuation.
word boundary problems.
Some word boundary problems.
Don't resolve any word boundary problems.
a word boundary problem?
I can edit:
pages an hour or more.
15 to 20 pages an hour.
to 10 pages an hour.
In general, I average:
to two errors every ten pages.
Three to four errors every ten pages.
Five to eight errors every ten pages.
error or more on every page.
When I am at a deposition, I:
read back without any problem.
Mainly read back without problem.
Often cannot read my outlines.
stumble when reading back.
OR VOICE RECORDER USAGE
RELIANCE ON RECORDING:
When I am at a deposition, I:
record he proceedings.
record the proceedings, and when I do, I rarely utilize the
Sometimes record the proceedings, and when I do, I usually
utilize the recording.
record the proceedings, and I always utilize the recording.
(ON TIME = 10 MINUTES EARLY)
When attending a deposition, I am:
My work meets a two-week deadline:
(less than 50%).