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Instant pay program makes this court reporter feel appreciated, part of the team

Court reporter Audra Smith is also a musician. She says it's a natural combination because "court reporters are musicians of words, after all!"

Huseby Inc. initiated its Instant Pay for Reporters program last year, and Audra Smith of Winston-Salem, North Carolina has been one of the beneficiaries.

“Oh my goodness,” Smith said earlier this week after being told by Huseby she would be paid instantly once she turned in her first Huseby job.

“This is incredible.” she continued. “Most times when I do real-time, they request me back for the job. So, I will most definitely be doing that with you all!”

Smith’s experience illustrates how Huseby is working to change the lives of court reporters in several significant ways: professionally, personally and financially. By paying them instantly upon turning their work, Huseby is striving to instill a spirit of teamwork among reporters and to make reporters feel they're part of a team.

Smith said of all the firms she has worked with and been affiliated with in the last 10 years of her reporting career, she finds “Huseby's communication and staff support availability to be exceptional”

She says she also appreciates Huseby’s scheduling manager telling her, “When we offer you a job, we’ll wait to hear from you before we offer it to another reporter."

Instant pay has “made my day and made me feel appreciated,” Smith said. “I love feeling a part of a team. And when I feel appreciated, I feel on purpose in life and career. The sky's the limit!”

Instant Pay for Reporters

CEO Scott Huseby developed this new process for instantly paying court reporters, videographers and trial technicians from his experience being both a court reporter and firm owner.

“Instant pay for court reporters further strengthens our position as the No. 1 landing spot for any court reporter who wants to work with a company that puts reporters as its No. 1 customer,” Huseby said.

Read more about Huseby Instant Pay for Reporters here.

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Real Time Court Reporting Skills Equate To More Profits for Court Reporters

Advances in software and information technology have changed the way we court reporters do our jobs. One of the most interesting developments we've seen is the development of real time reporting. Although real time reporting has a lot to offer members of our profession, many court reporters are intimidated by it.

Real Time Court Reporting Gives Instant Results The real time reporter uses a steno machine just like a traditional reporter, but the machine is hooked to a computer with translation software. The software converts the shorthand into a rough English transcript as fast as the reporter can type. This transcript can be sent to other computers, allowing anyone to read the testimony as fast as it happens.

Steno Machine

Another option for court reporters is to hire a scopist to come along when taking legal depositions. The scopist edits the rough transcript in real time, allowing a finished transcript to be produced as soon as the deposition is over. The final product can be delivered to the attorneys before they walk out of the room.

Career Benefits of Real Time Ours is a demanding profession and if we can do our jobs more efficiently, we can either take on more work or spend more time relaxing. Real time court reporters can produce transcripts faster than traditional reporters, giving them more flexibility in their careers. Teaming up with a good scopist pays for itself and allows the process to flow even more smoothly.

Huseby has many clients who need real time court reporters, and even those who don't actually need real time appreciate the fast turnaround they get when they hire one. Since a minority of reporters has gone real time, mastering the practice makes a reporter stand out from the crowd.

Real time provides more ammunition in our efforts to educate people that court reporting is more than being a tape recorder. There is no technology around that can produce a finished transcript at the end of a deposition without the help of experienced court reporters.

Make the Job Interesting Again Let's be honest about something: our jobs can be deadly dull. Depositions and court cases aren't the stuff of television drama. Tedious testimony not only stretches out the hours but can also make it difficult to keep our focus. We have to find ways to make our work fun.

The challenge of real time makes the work exciting. The pursuit of the perfect transcript can be a game we play with ourselves. It's a bit strange at first, dividing our attention between what is being said and the transcript on our screen that lags testimony by a few seconds, but after the first few depositions it becomes second nature. Our skills improve because court reporters can see the results right away.

Court reporters that have made the change will confess that at first real time is nerve-wracking, but after working with it for a few weeks they embrace the new techniques and become better reporters.

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In midst of budget compromise, good news for North Carolina court reporters

In North Carolina’s quickly passed, two and a half-months-late budget, there’s some good news for court reporters.

North Carolina’s governor plans to sign the compromise state budget that had gotten lots of media attention for how it impacts education funding, transportation funding, historic tax credits and pay for prison guards.

One issue that hasn’t gotten much attention is funding for court reporters. Last year, court reporter pay had been cut from $2.50 per page to $1.25. This budget when signed will increase that amount to $2 per page.

That caused some reporters to leave North Carolina for other states and forced Forsyth County to shut down half of its district courtrooms, according to one report. Some prosecutors considered more plea deals as a result.

State senator Stan Bingham, a Republican from Davidson and Montgomery counties, said, “As we have on many things, we’ll try something and realize it was a mistake or we need to compromise or make changes,” said Bingham. “And that’s in effect what’s happening.” (WFMY)

Huseby in North Carolina

Huseby Inc., provides its clients with court reporting services across the United States — including North Carolina, at these locations:

1 West Pack Square #1400
Asheville, NC 28801
(704) 253-7033

200 West Second Street, 19th Floor
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(800) 333-2082

1230 West Morehead Street #408
Charlotte, NC 28208
(800) 333-2082

7800 Airport Center Drive #401
Greensboro, NC 27409
(336) 605-9669

3737 Glenwood Avenue
#100 Raleigh, NC 27612
(919) 831-8877

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