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How TV Captions Get from A Captioner's Brain to You

Inquiring Minds Want to Know I really love it when readers leave comments on my posts. You know that feeling when you get a package in the mail? Yeah, that’s what it’s like for me when I get a comment notification. It lets me know that what I write is being read, making people think, and, more […]

Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Court

famous court reporters

Court Reporting is a Tough Job. We’re not saving the world like social activists or fighting crime like law enforcement. We just write at 300 words per minute, pull all-nighters to get a transcript out, and deal with difficult people on a daily basis. It’s such a low profile job. Why would anybody choose stenography as […]

How Court Reporters can Help Holocaust S...

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Court Reporters can Hear a lot of Junk, but we can Help Holocaust Survivors Preserve their Story Messy divorces, murders, child custody battles, and slip and fall accidents are just a handful of cases court reporters can sit through. When I was a reporter, sometimes I felt like I was just taking down meaningless drivel about petty arguments between two […]

What Does a Closed Captioner Do?

What is a closed captioner

You’re a What? What is That? I’ve been a captioner for close to a year now. When I meet people, and they ask me what I do for a living, trying to explain my job to them can be really hard, people just don’t get it. They just have no clue what I’m talking about. So hopefully […]

Unique Court Reporter Christmas Ornament...

Steno Christmas Ornaments

Court reporting is not a mainstream profession. I mean, how many kids do you know that say they want to be a court reporter when they grow up? Heck, most of them don’t even know what we do or that the job even exists. So it’s no surprise that it’s next to impossible to find […]

Hypnosis for Court Reporters: Does it Wo...

Hypnosis for Court Reporters Does it Work

Does Hypnosis for Court Reporters Work? Hypnosis for court reporters is an iffy subject for some. I’ve talked to some reporters who swear by it, and others who think it works because it’s all in somebody’s head. I’ve been on both sides of the fence.  When I was in the latter speed classes in court reporting […]

The Best Wrist Braces Carpal Tunnel Suff...

The Best Wrist Braces Carpal Tunnel Sufferers Need Collage

Carpal Tunnel Treatment without Surgery?  I sure hoped so. In the steno industry (or any industry that requires constant use of the hands), carpal tunnel is the dreaded “C” word. Everyone’s scared they’re going to get it. People who have it want to know how to handle it without resulting in surgery. Inevitably in a […]

Everyone Deserves Captioned Programming

Everyone Deserves Closed Captioning

I recently got back from an out-of-the-country trip. While it wasn’t to a third world country, it did give me as an American perspective. We’re spoiled. We’re fat. We’re American. I often wonder what others think of us. In one island country I visited, they drove on the opposite side of the road. I was […]

2016 Presidential and Political Captioni...

Political Steno Briefs

Well, happy fall, ya’ll!  Yeah, I know it’s been forever since you’ve heard from me, but summer just kicked me in the rear. I had an evening schedule, and that kind of put my personal schedule out of kilter. But I’m back to morning shows now and I love it. Now in the evenings I […]

How to Use the Number Bar like a Steno F...

A shortcut way to write steno numbers

I don’t know what it is about people. They may talk smooth and slow while they’re carrying on a conversation, and then — WHAM! They hit a list of numbers and they’re rattling them off  like it’s nobody’s business. Umm…hello, I’m trying to take it down over here! While I was reporting, numbers always made […]