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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Follow your Dreams: What a Difference a ...

transition from court reporting to captioning

I love captioning! As of this month, I’ve been captioning for three months, and I still have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. I’d been wanting to be a captioner for a few years, and I really didn’t think I’d actually ever get here. Last year, about this time, in fact, I […]

Court Reporter to Captioning Training: T...

Captioning Boot Camp

When I first started considering switching from reporting to captioning, I scoured the internet for advice on how to make the transition. I found next to nothing. Luckily, I knew reporters who knew reporters who knew a captioner and exchanged our phone numbers. Basically, it’s not rocket science. Practice news/weather/sports daily, adding words to your […]

Court Reporting: It’s not just for Court

Court Reporting: It’s not just for Courtrooms Anymore

What do Court Reporters Do? In social situations, the subject of what do you do for a living invariably comes up. When I was a reporter, it never ceased to amaze me the responses I’d get when I told them I was a court reporter. “Oh, you sit in court all day.” “Don’t you get […]