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Code of Ethics for Court Reporters

June 23, 2017 4:36 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’ve ever worked in an office, you know about water cooler conversations. They can happen almost anywhere at any time. What do you think about the project? Who is getting promoted? Did you hear what happened last week when the team went to lunch? They’re all questions I know I’ve asked my colleagues but what happens when you’re a court reporter? You’re bound by a certain code of ethics to not have water cooler conversations about clients and cases. Industry Guidelines For most of us, it’s just professional courtesy not to talk about our customers or clients. We all... View Article

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LinkedIn for Freelance Court Reporters

June 6, 2017 7:44 am Published by Leave your thoughts

As Sacramento freelance court reporters, you may be asking yourselves if you can use social media as a court reporter and which social media sites are best. Yes, you can (and should) be using social media but be strategic with when, where, and what you post. If we can learn anything from those Harvard students whose admission was rescinded because of inappropriate social media images, it’s that you need to be aware that anyone may be able to see what you put on the internet. The Harvard Factor Students thought they were posting in a private group but what they... View Article

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What do you do if your court reporting school loses its accreditation?

May 22, 2017 11:29 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you attend a court reporting school that is accredited by ACICS, you need to read this. According to the NCRA article regarding the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), “Accreditation is a status granted to an institution that meets or exceeds the stated criteria of educational quality. The purpose of accreditation is to assess and enhance the educational quality of an institution, to assure consistency in institutional operations, to promote institutional improvement, and to provide for public accountability.” The Department of Education has removed the ACICS as an accrediting organization leaving the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA)... View Article

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The Power of a Vacation

May 14, 2017 6:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We often get caught up in work and the business of running a family to take a vacation but it’s probably one of the most productive things we can do. The reality is that stepping away has its benefits that cannot be measured on the bottom line. Turn off the phone and computer, make reservations at a resort or just spend time away from business, and enjoy whatever makes you happy without worrying about your freelance court reporting business. I can almost guarantee you will return refreshed, relaxed, and filled with creative ideas of how to better serve your clients.... View Article

What factors influence court reporter salaries?

April 24, 2017 6:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Court reporter salaries are influenced by a variety of factors. Just like other industries, the current economy, future forecasts, related industries, and trends in the legal field all impact how much experienced and new court reporters are paid. Current and Future Court Reporter Salaries New graduates can expect to earn anywhere from $42,000 – $55,000 right out of school depending on where in the country they are working. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016 the average court reporter salary was $51,320 [Source] but California has a higher cost of living so the average is $60,000 – $88,000... View Article