The ABI Reporter E-Letter – April 2015


The ABI Reporter E-Letter – April 2015

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  • What Realtime Means to Me
  • Dickens: From Court Reporter to Novelist
  • 50 Ways to Increase Your Productivity
  • Purge your Closet
  • Stenographers World: Reporter Resources
  • Write Short – Write Fast

From the President

I’m sure you will enjoy the collection of articles we have put together for you in this issue of The Reporter.  Our main article was published by NCRA’s TRAIN (Taking Realtime Awareness and Innovation Nationwide) Task Force.  You will get to read several different reporters’ perspectives on what realtime means to them.  They are interesting viewpoints to consider.

We have also included a couple of articles with great ideas on organizing and streamlining your time.  I’m sure you will get ideas for creating time for more work – or for more play!

Thank you for being there and doing the great job you do.  Your good work is truly appreciated.

Best regards,

What Realtime Means to Me

By the National Court Reporting Association

“Realtime” is the goal for many reporters – whether it’s a means to a more secure job, better-paying work, or a step into a new career in captioning. But when any group of reporters gets together, they can find that realtime can mean something different to each of them. The TRAIN Task Force asked its members and TRAIN participants what they mean when they talk about realtime. The diverse definitions may just offer a new perspective – and a new incentive to try it yourself.

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Dickens: From Court Reporter to Novelist

By Sarah E. Vestrat

Years before his prolific career as a novelist, Charles Dickens worked as a court reporter. After studying Gurney shorthand, he became a freelance reporter at Doctor Commons courts in London in 1829. He reported the first of the Reform Bill debates, and because of his impressive work, he later secured the position as shorthand reporter of Parliamentary proceedings at the age of 19.

Dickens’ initiation into the working world was a difficult one. His father, John Dickens, fell deeply into debt when Charles was only 12 years old, and young Charles was forced to quit school and go to work in a shoe polish factory. His parents and siblings were sent to live in a debtors’ prison while Charles worked the daily grind of pasting labels onto pots of black shoe polish. Humiliated by this experience and malnourished, Charles left the shoe polish factory, known then as a blacking factory, three years later when his father was released from prison. He was able to return to school for a short while until his family once again experienced financial troubles.

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