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Realtime Writing and Broadcast Captioning Seminars

  • May 19-21, 2016

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Judicial Reporting & Captioning Degree Offered in the Traditional Classroom Environment and through Distance Learning

Diamonte Steno MachineReporting is a career that’s vital, exciting, and rewarding, with opportunities to go into different career paths. As guardians of the record whenever spoken words must be made into text, the skills of court reporters are in growing demands.  The ability to create word-for-word written accounts, long deemed essential in courtroom and law offices, is now needed in settings as diverse as television studios, classrooms, business conferences, cathedrals and theaters.  Work is plentiful in government agencies, professional firms or freelance positions, and annual earning are on the rise. Reporting has joined the ranks of the IT professions because computers are an integral part of the reporting profession.  Students now have a choice of becoming judicial reporters, freelance reporters, broadcast captioners, CART providers, webcasters, scopists, and realtime transcriptionists. Reporters can work in the legal community, provide communications access for people with hearing loss, be an independent contractor, or run their own reporting firm.

Judicial reporting was ranked as one of the 50 best careers by the April 2010 issue of U.S. News and World Report. Employment of judicial reporters is on the rise, with projections of 25 percent growth during the 2006-2016 decade. Demand for court reporter services will be spurred by the continuing need for accurate transcription of proceedings in courts and in pretrial depositions.

Stark State College offers state-of-the-art technology, computer-aided instruction (CAI), and computer-aided transcription (CAT) training, which provide students with hands-on realtime writing experience and an extensive, conflict-free StenEd theory personal dictionary, equipping the students for realtime reporting and preparing them for today’s sophisticated reporting careers. The students write realtime to computers from the first week of class until graduation, preparing them for the sophisticated career of realtime reporting. During the educational process, students create and maintain captioning/judicial stenotype writing dictionaries, as well as the StenEd main dictionary.

VITAC Corporation, a leading captioning company nationwide, has partnered with Stark State College to provide the software, educational, and technical support to train students seeking a career in captioning, and the College is presently a training site for VITAC Corporation for transitional reporters currently in the field seeking a career change to captioning.

The Judicial Reporting and Captioning program offers the entire program through the traditional classroom setting and through eStarkState (online learning). eStarkState is a unique alternative to traditional on-campus courses. It affords students the opportunity to learn with flexibility of time and place while maintaining access that allows you to access homework, practice exercises, class information, and streaming audio/video.

Employment Opportunities & Multiple Careers Options available for Skilled Reporters
An Associate of Applied Business degree in Judicial Reporting & Captioning through either traditional and distance learning from Stark State College will prepare you to pursue careers such as: 

  • Official and Freelance Judicial Reporting
  • Broadcast Captioning
  • Scopist Careers
  • Realtime Transcription Careers


The goal is that graduates will demonstrate the use of good grammar, punctuation and editing skills for transcription preparation and production; conduct research and realtime writing dictionary maintenance for broadcast reporting; communicate clearly and concisely; utilize all information reporting technology; exemplify a high standard of ethics as an information reporting professional and demonstrate employability skills and characteristics as an information reporting professional.

Graduation Stenotype Speed Requirements

Judicial Reporting
Transcribe a minimum of three five-minute, two-voice testimony tests with a minimum of 95% accuracy dictated at a minimum speed of 225 wpm; transcribe a minimum of three five-minute jury charge tests with a minimum of 95% accuracy dictated at a minimum of 200 wpm; and transcribe a minimum of three five-minute literary tests with a minimum of 95% accuracy dictated at a minimum of 180 wpm; and transcribe a simulated state certification test, state qualifying exam, or RPR skills test within the allotted test transcription guidelines.
Transcribe a minimum of two five-minute, two-voice, non-realtime tests with a minimum of 96 percent accuracy, dictated at a minimum of 225 wpm; transcribe a minimum of three five-minute literary tests with a minimum of 96 percent verbatim accuracy, dictated at a minimum of 180 wpm; and write three 15-minute literary broadcast material takes at 180 wpm (syllabic and/or word count) at 96% verbatim accuracy, following NCRA's "What is an Error?" guidelines.  The instructor will grade a random five-minute selection from each 15-minute take.