Many South Carolina court reporters will soon make resolutions for the approaching new year. Studies suggest they’re doing the right thing. “You are 10 times more likely to change by making a New Year’s resolution compared to non-resolvers with the identical goals and comparable motivation to change,” said Dr. John Norcross of the University of Scranton. Some court reporters set personal goals, such as losing weight or getting more sleep. Some goals, however, reflect a court reporter’s desire to improve as a professional. Today we suggest three resolutions for South Carolina court reporters in 2019.
One of the best resolutions for South Carolina court reporters is to join a local professional organization. Professional organizations benefit their members by allowing them to broaden their knowledge, develop leadership skills, discover career opportunities, and stay motivated. The South Carolina Court Reporters Association (SCCRA) supports the ideals of both the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) and the National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA). The SCCRA publishes a member directory, offers a list of legal industry resources, and hosts an annual state conference. It is the mission of the SCCRA “…to lead its members by engaging in communications, legislative relations, and educational and testing opportunities in order to maintain the integrity and elevate the standards of the court reporting profession.”
Another of the most common resolutions for South Carolina court reporters is to continue their professional education. Some court reporters prefer a classroom environment with a live instructor. Other court reporters appreciate the convenience of a webinar or e-seminar. Regardless of the format, some court reporters may choose to brush up on grammar and punctuation. Other court reporters may wish to study professional ethics or advances in technology. While the NCRA hosts its own courses , it also sanctions courses provided by pre-approved third parties. In 2018 CompuScripts Court Reporters hosted an event led by Anissa Nierenberger in which reporters learned to improve their translation rates, increase their transcript productivity, and edit more effectively.
The last of our resolutions for South Carolina court reporters is to investigate new mobile apps. Court reporters depend on their cell phones to book and update depositions. Luckily, there are many apps that can make their professional lives much easier. While CompuScripts is not endorsing any of these apps, here are a few that are worth looking into.
Scoof is an app that allows court reporters to search for scopists and proofreaders. This is especially valuable when expedited transcripts are requested at the last minute. Scoof first lets the court reporter choose either a scopist or proofreader. Next, the court reporter specifies the software being used, the audio preference, and a preferred level of expertise. The court reporter is then directed to a list of individuals who meet the desired specifications. Scoof describes itself as “…the match.com of the reporting world in that we use a certain set of criteria to match the reporter with a compatible, rated provider in our database.”
CompuScripts’ court reporters cover the Upstate, Midlands, and Lowcountry of South Carolina. This means they spend a lot of time on the road! And like most freelancers, court reporters work hard to claim work-related mileage when filing tax returns. One app that could make keeping up with mileage easier is Everlance. According to its website, Everlance “…uses state-of-the-art GPS tracking to triangulate a driver’s position in real-time silently in the background on every drive.” It also produces an IRS-compliant record for use at tax time.
When traveling for depositions, South Carolina court reporters also face the problem of parking. This is especially difficult in bigger cities such as Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston. INRIX ParkMe provides information on parking availability in over 500 cities around the world. ParkMe also allows the user to reserve and pay for some parking spots in advance.
Sometimes, a court reporter’s most immediate need is caffeine. Closest Cup is an app which lists coffee shop locations in ascending distance from your location. It also provides local ratings of each shop plus contact information.
No matter your resolution, CompuScripts wishes court reporters everywhere a bountiful and joyous 2019. If you are a court reporter looking for a South Carolina company led by a court reporter, contact our president, Debbie Dusseljee, for more information.