ABI Reporter – July 2020

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ABI Reporter – July 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Proofreaders Share Best Tips
  • A Thank You for a Captioning Job Well Done
  • I.e. versus e.g.
  • The Dawn of the Zoom Deposition: What Lessons are We Learning so Far?
  • How to Turn a Printed Document into a PDF with your Phone
  • Participate in NCRA’s First Virtual Realtime Contest
  • Ask the Techie: Do You Need a New Chair?

From the President

Hello,

Our July ABI Reporter highlights various technology and grammar tips. I hope you enjoy this issue. Every issue is put together with you in mind.

During these last couple of months, many of you have faced changes and challenges but have managed to overcome them. Thank you for the work you do.  It does not go unnoticed.

Best wishes for a safe and productive month,

Sheila

Proofreaders Share Best Tips

By National Court Reporters Association

The JCR Weekly recently asked the members of the NCRA Proofreading Advisory Council and the NCRA Scopists and Proofreaders Facebook group for their best tips on proofreading. Here are some of their answers:

I must print the work I’m going to proof. I must be in a quiet space, no background noises.

Kathy Mchugh, RPR, CRR


I now proofread on my tablet using Adobe. I can change the font and make it bigger without changing the format and page numbers of the transcript, and it saves paper and toner. It is easier on my eyes, so I catch more. My environment needs to be right for what I am reading. If it’s an expert on a topic I am not familiar with, I need quiet. If it’s something easy, I need background noise, music, or TV. I also read out loud, especially if it’s an expert using big words. That’s when it’s easy to miss the small words. And a cup of coffee or tea at hand is a must.

Susan Horak, RDR, CRR, FAPR

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A Thank You for a Captioning Job Well Done

By National Court Reporters Association and Sheri Smargon

I realtimed a job a couple years ago for a writers’ national literary conference holding their annual convention in Tampa Bay, Fla., where I live. I was contacted by the Disabilities Coordinator for the group after he did a search of the NCRA Sourcebook to find a local CART provider. The group needed someone to provide one-on-one CART to a member who is Deaf. The job was going to take place at our convention center downtown. As hinted to by the name, the location would be large.

My consumer would be attending four or five breakout sessions per day, but that schedule was subject to change. The agenda I was given only listed the name of the author giving the talk and the title of the book of which they would be speaking. Since I didn’t know which seminars my consumer would be attending, I prepped for every seminar and every topic before I went onsite. I made a dictionary and added names, titles, and any words from any of the authors’ autobiographies that I could find.

On day one of the seminar, I arrived on site about an hour and a half early. I wasn’t exactly sure where I needed to go, but I needed to assess the setup and the best place for me to sit so I could be inobtrusive yet still able to hear the speakers. I learned quickly that I should wear flats the next day, as the heels I had chosen on the plush, lush carpet made for a great leg workout.

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