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The Huseby Journal

Social Media and Court Reporting

Social media has evolved tremendously over the last 13 years. It went from being purely social with Myspace and Facebook, to becoming a place of sharing and learning. The different social media platforms have different purposes, for example Twitter is used as a source of news among other things, while LinkedIn is used as a place to network and job search.

Along the way, more networks have been created, such as Snapchat and Instagram – with the initial purpose being to socialize and connect with peers, and then eventually evolving just like every other social platform. One thing that all of these social media platforms have in common, is that they have all become an affordable marketing tool, as well as a way of spreading and sharing news of all kinds.

Below we have listed 5 advantages of social media for court reporters:

1.     Spreading awareness of court reporting as a profession. Social media has become a useful tool for spreading awareness of the court reporting profession. Not many young graduates know of this career path, and social media is a great way to make them aware of this option, especially because social media is the best way to reach Millennials.

2.     Experienced court reporters are able to teach about different aspects of court reporting, in YouTube videos and articles.

3.     Social media has allowed for a court reporting community to be born. Facebook has become a place to share comical memes, informational articles, and videos having to do with court reporting. Facebook groups allow an even further way for court reporters to comment and discuss things amongst other court reporters. 

4.     It has become a place for court reporters and scopists to find each other. Through groups on Facebook, court reporters are able to meet scopists and hire them when needed.

5.     A place for networking, with LinkedIn and Facebook groups. Before social media, it could be difficult for court reporters to find each other and to network, Facebook groups and LinkedIn make it easy.