Did you know you can find court reporters outside the legal field? It’s a myth that reporters are only found in courtrooms. Their skills translate to a variety of places including professional sports, classrooms, boardrooms, civic meetings, and business settings around the country. If you’re thinking of leaving your career as a reporter, we encourage you to think about it just a bit more.
When I was growing up, two of my grandmothers lived within walking distance of my home. I would spend time with them talking about life before television and video games, listening to them describe their lives with multiple siblings, and learning card games. One of my grandmas would even let me stay up late to watch scandalous programs like Dallas or Hart or Hart.
Now that I’ve sufficiently aged myself, I should tell you that since they passed away many years ago, I wish I had recorded their stories for me, my siblings, and my younger cousins. Oh the stories they could tell!
Oral Histories Program
The National Court Reporters Association is helping families through their Oral Histories Program. They’re preserving history by having pre-recorded interviews transcribed by court reporters. In exchange, reporters earn Professional Development Credit (PDC) for their effort. This program focuses exclusively on Veterans History Project, Holocaust Survivors, Legal Aid History Project, and Hard of Hearing Heroes Project but it brings an interesting opportunity for reporters to expand their businesses to help families like mine and yours preserve stories of the matriarchs and patriarchs of our families.
Why It’s Important
Working outside the legal field gives court reporters an opportunity to work with people who are rich with history that’s simply not recorded in books or on social media.
My grandmothers would be over 100 years old now so how they grew up is vastly different and quite important to me and my family in understanding where we come from, who we are, and why we act the way we do. Practically speaking, it would be helpful to have medical history that’s more than a series of stories told to generations that risks amounting to nothing but a game of telephone; no one gets any of the story correct the farther away from the original event we go.
In a very real sense, court reporters who are working on the Oral Histories Program or privately for a family, are preserving history that could otherwise be lost. If you’re seeking someone to help your family preserve its oral history, our team of North Carolina court reporters is here to make that happen!