How to become a Machine Shorthand Reporter

Machine shorthand reporters produce word-for-word transcripts of the spoken word in both live and recorded form for parliament, courts of law, medical purposes, television programmes, business conferences and lectures. Sound recording involves three stages: first, monitors record the proceedings using a digital audio recording system; then machine shorthand reporters transcribe the digital audio file onto a computer; and finally transcript checkers edit the hard copy of the transcript for accuracy against the audio.

Personal requirements of a Machine Shorthand Reporter

  • good hearing and concentration
  • fast and accurate machine-writing skills
  • able to work under pressure
  • wide vocabulary and sound knowledge of spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • broad general knowledge, particularly in current affairs and politics
  • interested in parliament and courts and their procedures
  • comfortable with new technology.
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