ABI Reporter – June 2020


ABI Reporter – June 2020

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  • Making the Best of Quarantine Time
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Making the Best of Quarantine Time

By National Court Reporters Association

With so many professionals waiting to go back to work, finding productive ways to fill downtime during the quarantine ranged from taking up a new hobby to tackling closet shelves and drawers that haven’t been opened in — well, in some cases, years. For two NCRA members, however, downtime has been filled with cleaning up and building their dictionaries of briefs.

“As of right now, the time I have spent building and cleaning my dictionary is somewhere around 50 hours,” Terri Hanson, RPR, a freelance court reporter from Lihue, Hawaii, recently shared with the JCR Weekly.

“I have picked up a lot of writing suggestions from the Facebook group The Brief Exchange, adding approximately 600 outlines to my dictionary. Of course, COVID-19 outlines make up 100 of those new additions. I want to emphasize that adding to my dictionary is only the beginning, a foundation. In addition to the time adding, I have spent approximately 200 hours writing and practicing all the new terms. Instead of just listening to the news broadcasts, I write them. Practice, practice, practice. As the safer-at-home continues, I look forward to increasing my speed at writing my new entries faster and faster,” she said. 

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Practice Makes Perfect

By National Court Reporters Association

Everyone knows that practice makes perfect and during the stay-at-home orders caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many NCRA members are taking advantage of this opportunity to hone their skills as they wait to go back to work.

Antonia Moy, an official court reporter from Ridgewood, New York, said that before the pandemic took hold, she would practice during downtime at work. “Nowadays I try and practice every day for at least three hours. Maintaining speed is very important. I want to be on top of my game when the time comes to return to work,” said the former freelance court reporter who now works as a grand jury reporter.

Moy said her typical practice routine in today’s reality is to practice to the news at 11 a.m. Later in the day, she practices again from 4 to 6 p.m., and she also returns to her machine later and practices for another two hours to Q&A dictation.

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