Machine Shorthand Reporters record and reproduce the spoken word in court and parliamentary proceedings, television programming, and for the deaf and hearing impaired, using handwritten shorthand, stenotype shorthand machines, computer-assisted transcription software, and sound recording equipment.
Specialisations: Braille Transcriber, Court Reporter, Hansard Reporter, Realtime Reporter, Stenocaptioner.
You can work as a Machine Shorthand Reporter without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in machine shorthand might be helpful.
- Takes verbatim records of proceedings in rapid shorthand using computerised equipment and shorthand-writing machines.
- Transcribes information recorded in shorthand and on sound recording equipment, and proofreads and corrects copy.
- Reads portions of transcripts during trials and other proceedings on request of judges and other officials.
- Reproduces the spoken word, environmental sounds and song lyrics as captions for television programs, and the deaf or hearing impaired.
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