There is an assumption that because court reporters handle confidential information that we don?t have a place online. In addition to our own experiences, there are organizations and groups where you can learn more about court reporting. While we need to exhibit professionalism when talking about cases and clients, we can also add value for others in the industry.
National Court Reporters Association is a valuable resource whether you?re new or considering court reporting as a career or are an experienced reporter. Visit the NCRA website for links to their social media including three LinkedIn groups they manage – one for networking with others in the field, another for NCRA members only, and a third for Certified Legal Video Specialists (CVLS). Those aren?t the only groups available.
Target the people you?re spending time with online by interacting in court reporter specific groups like those found on LinkedIn. Search ?court reporting? for a variety of resources including connecting with reporters based on geography or area of expertise. Whether you?re a reporter or an attorney, you can learn what?s going on in the industry and comment based on your experience.
Be the Resource
As a seasoned reporter you have unique experience to share with those just entering the profession.
- What are the benefits of being a court reporter?
- How can social media benefit you as an Arizona court reporter?
- What are you tips for new reporters?
- What do you wish you had learned when you started this career?
There?s great value in being the experienced person acting as a resource for the newer generation. And it truly matters in court reporting especially with the looming shortage.
If you’re on Twitter, check out #courtreporters for industry news.
Court Reporter Shortage
By 2018 there will be shortage of 5,000 or more court reporters across the country, including an estimated shortage of 120 in Arizona alone. The more we can share our experiences including the benefits of court reporting, the better for the industry. We?ve got to fill the seats in court reporting schools or it could spell trouble for courts, including rural courts in Arizona that are already feeling the pains of the shortage.