The ABI Reporter E-Letter – March 2016

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The ABI Reporter E-Letter – March 2016

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IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Overcoming Realtime Writing Fears
  • The Transcript as the Attorney’s Tool
  • Captioning the Super Bowl
  • Get Excellent Quality Audio Backups
  • Reporter’s Certificate on Federal Cases
  • Tips for Making Rough Drafts not so Rough
  • iRecorder Pro

From the President

Hello,

Our articles in this e-newsletter are on topics of special interest to reporters. Taking into consideration that we are perpetually short on time, included are “sound bites” that are brief and to the point.  They include some fantastic tips and viewpoints for use on an immediate basis, and, if applied, they will improve the quality of our work lives.  I hope you find them enjoyable and useful.

I would love to hear from you with any tips of your own that we can share with other reporters.

Best,
Sheila

 

Overcoming Realtime Writing Fears

Shared by Marybeth Everhart, RPR, CRI, CPE, during a recent NCRA Conference Session

Everhart told attendees that to help overcome their fears of writing realtime, they need to understand the three parts of the process: writing, connectivity as it relates to hooking up other people to be able to see the realtime being produced, and self-confidence.  “If any one of these parts is troubling for you, then you will have problems with producing quality realtime,” Everhart said.  Everhart said a good way to improve the quality of realtime writing is to make a commitment to practice writing for 15 minutes each day, followed by an analysis to see what mistakes were made.

“If any one of these parts is troubling for you, then you will have problems with producing quality realtime,” Everhart said.

Everhart said a good way to improve the quality of realtime writing is to make a commitment to practice writing for 15 minutes each day, followed by an analysis to see what mistakes were made.

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The Transcript as the Attorney’s Tool

By Sheila Atkinson-Baker

Here is an interesting view of the subject of transcripts, seen through the eyes of the attorney, our client.

The reporter’s transcript is the official record of legal proceedings. Deposition transcripts are used 1) for nailing down witness testimony for trial, and 2) for trial preparation. Court transcripts are used for preparation of motions and briefs. They are also read by appellate judges to review testimony and lower court rulings. They are a verbatim record of a legal proceeding.

We all know this. So why mention it? The answer is to give an orientation to a specific point: Transcripts are official, legal documents, and so must be given the necessary attention to detail and care that they merit.

Once scoped and a spellcheck run, proofreading is the action which puts polish on the product. Transcripts are proofread from the viewpoint of an attorney who is reading it for the first time. How does one accomplish this?  Read full article

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