A Guide to Voice Writing

Voice writing emerged alongside Horace Webb’s introduction of the stenomask in the mid-1940s. Over half a century later, following substantial advancements in voice recognition technology and digital recording systems, this reporting technique is back in vogue. In this blog post, we’ll outline the technologies and processes of voice writing and explore how the roles of voice reporters and stenographers differ.


Connor Employee Spotlight-Amy Doman

My father, John Nixon, PE, works as an expert witness in the field of aeronautics.  So when I demonstrated an interest after the local court reporting college came to visit my high school, he was on board.  In 1991, I started working in Memphis, Tennessee, and was fortunate to work with reporters who were highly skilled and excited to pass along their wisdom to a young reporter.  In Tennessee, there were no official reporters in the court system.  So when our clients were headed to court, we went with them.  I am grateful for this time in my career for the opportunity to work with a case from deposition to trial.  It gave me insight into what happens to my transcript after it leaves my hands.


Finding a Court Reporter at the Last Minute

Having a court reporter is a necessity. It’s important to find a court reporter that’s accurate, fast, reliable, organized, and friendly. It can take some time to find a person who has all of these qualities and works well with you. What do you do if you have to hire a court reporter quickly, though? In some cases, you may not be able to work with your regular court reporter. When that happens, you’ll need to find someone else and usually quickly. Here are some tips for helping you find a quality court reporter.


The Importance of Ethics and Integrity in Court Reporting and Beyond

You often hear entrepreneurs, business gurus and consultants talk of the importance of ethics and integrity in the workplace. While this topic is regularly touched on in professional circles, court reporters don’t as often hear these topics discussed. While it’s important for everyone to work with ethics and integrity in mind, it’s especially true for court reporters.


Court Reporter vs. Stenographer: Is There a Difference?

Think back to your first encounter with quadrilaterals in math class. Remember how a square is always a rhombus, but a rhombus isn’t always a square? A similar rule applies to court reporters and stenographers.

Both court reporters and stenographers produce verbatim transcriptions of legal proceedings, be it in court, for a deposition, or during a business meeting. Despite the apparent congruence between the two professions, court reporters generally have additional duties and more career options outside the courtroom. Thus, a court reporter is always a stenographer, but a stenographer isn’t always a court reporter. In this blog post, we’ll detail the differences between these two legal careers.


Building a Career in Court Reporting

Don’t let the moniker fool you. Nowadays a career in court reporting isn’t limited to the courtroom. Court reporting services are in high demand across a variety of industries, meaning that young professionals can create freelance careers in diverse fields. From captioning television programs to providing communication services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, a strong stenographic skill set can lead to numerous exciting opportunities. In this blog, we’ll explore a few of the most common options for professional court reporters—because not all court reporting positions are identical, but each of them holds an equal place in our hearts.  


Ending the Court Reporter Shortage

As we’ve discussed at length in a previous post, Court Reporter Shortage: What This Means for the Industry and for Reporters, the legal and court reporting industries are experiencing a shortage of approximately 5,500 qualified court reporters.


How to Become a Court Reporter in Indiana

The court reporting industry currently faces a shortage of court reporters. Some of the factors contributing to this shortage cannot be controlled, but others can be addressed and remedied. For instance, we at Connor Reporting can’t change the fact that the average age of a court reporter is on the rise. We can, however, increase our efforts to educate young prospects and raise awareness about the many advantages of pursuing a career in court reporting.


Legal Videography FAQs

Legal video technology is increasingly used to streamline and enhance litigation. Court reporting firms must offer multiple video services (videoconferencing, video depositions, day-in-the-life video, video synchronization) to meet the standards of the industry and the needs of their clients. As this technology becomes more and more prevalent, questions tend to come up. In this blog post, we answer some of those frequently asked questions. 

How Video Conferencing Saves You Money

Any attorney can confirm that as a case grows more complex or prolonged the associated expenses accumulate, and costs tend to rise at an alarming rate. These increasing demands of money, time and effort are not ideal, to say the least. Fortunately, technological advances offer a solution to this problem. Video conferencing services help to eliminate unnecessary expenses and keep overall costs down for your firm. (more…)