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OCTOBER 2012 IN THIS ISSUE: • Court Reporters Have a Front Row Seat to History
• VIDEO: Short Writing
• VIDEO: Legos
• VIDEO: Keep Up With Mark
• VIDEO: The Two Pillars of Magnum Steno
• VIDEO: Speed Without Briefs
From the President
Thank you for being a part of the ABI team. I know that you will continue to prosper as you learn and strive for perfecting your skills as a reporter.
We are featuring several video clips created by Mark Kislingbury, which outline the basic underlying theory to his speedbuilding techniques. I think you will find them fascinating, as did I when I first viewed them.
There is also an article from a Florida newspaper, which gives a good summary of the profession. I thought you’d like to see it.
I hope this quarterly e-letter will provide useful information to assist you in your speedbuilding and dictionary building. Please let me know what you think.
Court Reporters Have a Front Row Seat to History
By Diana Greenburg
The job of transcribing court proceedings looks very different today than when Charles Dickens was a cub court reporter. Back in 1828, when the author took up court reporting at the age of 16, his tools of the trade were pen and paper.
But today’s court reporters have many new tools that both aid and challenge the profession.
From television and film, we’re used to the image of the court reporter quietly typing at the front of the courtroom, seen but not heard. The reporter types a kind of shorthand into a specially designed steno machine with an abbreviated keyboard, sometimes striking several keys at once to record words and phrases. The shorthand enables a much faster recording of speech, allowing the average court reporter to reach 225 words a minute — and even up to the industry record of 375.
VIDEO: Short Writing
Mark Kislingbury demonstrates how short writing allows him to write extremely accurately on difficult material, with his fingers moving slowly, and staying right on the speaker.
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VIDEO: Keep Up With Mark
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VIDEO: The Two Pillars of Magnum Steno
VIDEO: Speed Without Briefs
HEARD IN COURT
Counsel: Doctor, did you say he was shot in the woods?
Witness: No, I said he was shot in the lumbar region.
Counsel: Mrs. Jones, is your appearance this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
Witness: No. This is how I dress when I go to work.
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