Court Reporting and Captioning Week is just a couple weeks away. Court reporters are invaluable assets to many organizations, not just courts and depositions. Here are a list of 5 places you didn’t know you could find a court reporter.
1. Corporate Meetings
Many fortune 100 companies use court reporters to document their board and shareholder meetings to remain compliant with transparency standards. Simply taking minutes is no longer a viable option for many corporations who are held increasingly accountable to investors, their workforce, and other stakeholders.
2. The Court Reporter Behind the TV
Many “civilians” don’t realize that the closed captions you see on live TV is actually provided by a live court reporter. These specialized court reporters known as captioners are often working from home to provide accessibility services to the hearing impaired.
3. Government and other Public Meetings
If our government wants to do just about anything, there is a ton of red tape. If the government wants to build anything like new roadways, airports, or landfills, the government is required to have a series of public hearings to gauge interest and listen to concerns of the public. Large scale projects will often require a lot of help from the public. Major requests for proposals, environmental impact studies, and disparity analyses are just a few examples of events that our government might want documented (mostly to prove that the event did, in fact, happen).
Again for accessibility needs, court reporters can be found providing realtime translation services for students with hearing or other learning problems. While the court reporter shortage is making it more and more difficult for students to find court reporters, those that use the service say that it’s an awesome way to learn.
5. Anywhere the President Goes
An elite group of 6 stenographers take shifts following the President’s every move. Every public utterance is recorded and transcribed. A little tid bit about the White House stenographers is that prior to 2014, they used to be contracted just like freelance deposition reporters, but as a cost saving measure, they were brought “in-house” by the White House. Many critics say that while it may save the country money, having a stenographer bought and paid for directly by the White House removes the impartiality of a freelance reporter. The jury is still out on that.
Have any more places that we didn’t think of? Add them in the comments below.