There are so man things about court reporting that you have to be aware of and one of which is the fact that it involves certain equipment and equally specific skills when it comes to using the said equipment to transcribe a spoken word into a verbatim written record. If you are not familiar with the steno machine, you will be mystified with the twenty-two buttons that it has. You may end up thinking about how there are only twenty-two buttons when in fact, there are twenty-six letters in the alphabet. The unusualness of the equipment used in court reporting is one thing, the ability of court reporters to transcribe words into text at a speed that will put the fastest typist to shame is another. 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. Through this, court reporting has evolved and it continues to become an interesting field that will surely pique your curiosity.
There are other things regarding court reporting that you should be aware of such as that it all began with the machine. Court reporting is a process by which court reporters are using steno machines to transcribe, word-for-word, whatever is spoken into text. For those of you out there who may have seen a real steno machine, surely, you noticed how it has fewer keys compared to a typical 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 buttons on a steno machine are laid out in the following format: the keys on the left are used to embody the beginning sound of a syllable; as for the middle, the keys there are used to signify the middle sound of a syllable, and; with regards to the keys on the right, they denote the ending sound of a syllable.
The middle sound of a syllable is usually a vowel sound while the beginning sound as well as the ending sounds are consonants and because of this, the vowels and the consonants are ground together accordingly and positioned in such a manner that the left hand enters the beginning consonant and the right hand with the ending consonant. Because of how there are instances when syllables can start with the same letter, the steno machine actually has two keys for letters P, S, R, and also, T.
All these and more are the things that you must learn about when it comes to court reporting.