There are quite a number of things that you have to be aware of when it comes to court reporting such as the fact that it involves the use of certain pieces of equipment and equally certain skills to use the pieces of equipment to transcribe spoken words into verbatim written record. For those of you out there who only casually observe, we are sure that you will be mystified by the twenty-two buttons that steno machines have. For sure, you will start to ask yourself how such a thing happen when the alphabet comprises of twenty-six letters. It is not only about how unusual the equipment being used in court reporting is, it has something to do with the skill of the court reporting because their ability to transcribe words into text will certainly put even the fastest typist to shame. That is not it at all as we want you to know that the modern equipment being used by court reporters enable them to transcribe words to text in real-time. At present, court reporting has started to evolve and it will continue to become interesting and useful.
Another thing about court reporting that you have to be aware of is the fact that it is all about the machine being used. We want you to know as well that court reporting is a process by which court reporters are making the most use of steno machines to transcribe spoken words, detail by detail, into written text. If you have seen a steno machine in the past, you will see how it has lesser keys when compared to a normal keyboard. If you are confused on how steno machines work, well, they actually do by means of allowing court reporters to write words in accordance to their syllables, not on the letters of every word. The steno machine actually looks like this: on the left side, where the keys are laid out, they represent the beginning sound of a syllable; in the middle, you will see keys that represent the middle sound of a syllable; as for the right side, the keys there represent the ending sound of a syllable.
Because of how the middle sound is a syllable is for a vowel sound and the beginning and ending sounds are for consonants, this lead to them being grouped accordingly and are positioned in such a way that the left hand enters the beginning consonant while the right hand enters the ending consonant. There are times when syllables can start and end with the same letter hence, the steno machine has two R, T as well as S.
What we have here are the things that you should learn when it comes to court reporting.