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Tampa Court Reporters | How to Become a Court Reporter

 Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Court reporters are educated and trained to transcribe and record verbatim court proceedings and are in demand in a number of settings. They do broadcast closed captioning, legal depositions, shareholder meetings, and captioning services for the deaf or hard-of-hearing at live events. Tampa court reporters are professionals and are often licensed or certified to record proceedings using stenotype machines.

Roles of Court Reporters

Reporters are able to capture spoke words in a phonetic code on a stenotype machine with each line of characters representing a syllable or a sound. They’re able to achieve these skills through a comprehensive post-secondary court reporting program. After capturing spoken words in a phonetic code, a court reporter then translates the code into written text to produce a final transcript.

What Does a Court Reporter Do?

During live events, court reporters will connect their stenotype machines to a computer that automatically translates the phonetic code into texts and displays it on screen. Some of them engage in voice writing. Voice writing is the process of echoing the spoken words of a proceeding into a mask-like device that is connected to a computer. As the court reporters speak into the machine, the computer software then translates the spoken word into a transcription which is then reviewed upon the conclusion of the proceeding.

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Tampa Court Reporters Program

If you are interested to enroll in a court reporting program, make sure that the program is approved and licensed by the National Court Reporting Association (NCRA). In Florida, Tampa court reporters must complete a formal court reporter program, pass the Florida Professional Court Reporters Certification and get to work and maintain your Florida certification. If you want to learn more about certification, licensing, and court reporting programs in Florida, contact Honorable Reporting Services for more information.

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  • It's good to know that court reporters are in demand in several different job areas. I have been thinking about becoming a court reporter because I think it would be a really interesting and fulfilling job. It would also be nice since they are so in-demand because then you could have better job security. Thanks for detailing what court reporters can do.

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