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The Court Reporter Winter 2015
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For Professionals in Electronic / Digital Court Technology
The Court Reporter           

Editor: Gail Malm Armstrong, CER, CET           Volume 20, Number 1 - Winter Edition

 

In This Issue

President's Message

About Face!

What are the Characteristics of an Outstanding Transcriptionist?

Rescue Me-The Power of Passion

Shortcuts Corner

The Beginning of the New Year Brings...

Some Thoughts on Proofreading

Pursuit of My Certification Adventure

The Road to Transcription

The BUZZ - Tech Devices

AAERT Social Media Made Easy

Punctuation is POWERFUL!

Humor in the Court

Professional "Macos" 

The Glamorous World of Working from Home

Newly Certified Members

Welcome New Members

Member Benefit Discounts


Shortcuts Corner
by SpeedTypeTM


What did you eat today? Did you consider what you were consuming? Do you think about the food or drink contents and their impact on your body? Are they an add‑on or need to be omitted? What kind of nutrients do you really need on a daily basis?

This concept can be applied to your abbreviation expansion system. Are your macros relevant to your working world?


Check out some keystroke-saving techniques




Congratulations to our Newly Certified Members:

Please note: AAERT is in the process of trademarking our Certification Designations CER & CET. AAERT will no longer use the CERT designation as a "combined" designation after the member's name. See the examples below with our newly certified members.

Dawn Augustine, CET
Florida

Tamara Ruth Bentzur, CET
Israel

Kevin Carr, CER
Washington, DC

Debbie Courville, CER
Maryland

Kristen R. Erickson, CER, CET
North Dakota

Jody Darlene Fischer, CER, CET
North Dakota

Dani Gordon, CET
Kentucky

Jay Gross, CER
Washington, DC

Cindy Lou Keller, CER, CET
North Dakota

Donia Kessler, CER, CET
North Dakota

Juliana Link, CER
California

Vicky J. Matthys, CER, CET
North Dakota

Daniel Michon, CER
Washington, DC

Thelma Neal, CET
Tennessee

Dacell E. Nygaard, CER, CET
North Dakota

Raquel Pina-Baca, CET
New Mexico

Andrea Pritchett, CET
New Jersey

Shannah Renaud, CET
North Dakota

Cameron Sharp, CER
Washington, DC

Tracy E. Vergollo, CET
New Jersey


A Warm Welcome to our New Individual Members:

Rachael Auwae
Oregon

Shaylah L. Burrill
Virginia

Rob Correll
Virginia

Deanna Cunningham
Florida

Jean Dexter
Florida

Brittany Donnell
Missouri

Angela Dutenhoffer
Washington

Tammy Groner
New Jersey

Jennifer Harper-Gonzalez
Virginia

Lisa Kastrow
North Dakota

Melissa Lewis
Florida

Andee Elise Lindsay
Colorado

Erin M. Lindsey
Florida

Teresa Loethen
Missouri

Cristal Luza
Florida

Lynda Monroe
Florida

Kelly S. Morton
Nebraska

Jeffrey A. Newman
New Jersey

Wendy S. Sardina
Florida

Kimberly Schwartz
North Dakota

Patrick Serio
Maryland

Myra Paulette Severtson
New Mexico

Deborah Sheets
North Dakota

Robin Lynn Trudeau
Florida

Tom Watson
Virginia

Paula White
Georgia

Tracy Whitzel
Maryland

New Corporate Members:

National Capitol Contracting, LLC
Adam Siggers
Virginia

Textnet Digital Court Reporting
Eva Walsh
Wisconsin


AAERT Committees and Chairs

Certification:
Ray Vetter, CER

Communications:
Geoffrey Hunt

  • Website:
    Geoffrey Hunt
  • Social Media:
    Gail Malm Armstrong, CER, CET
  • Newsletter:
    Gail Malm Armstrong, CER, CET

Conference Education:
Margaret Morgan, CER, CET

Education:
Tonie Wallace

Government Relations:
Rick Russell

Membership:
Steve Townsend


AAERT Online Certified Exams, Recertification and CEUs

In January of 2014 AAERT implemented a new process for our exams for CER & CET designation titles. We are pleased to announce that our new Online Certification process is going smoothly, and we continue to improve the exam procedures and content as we move forward. You can view our Exam Calendar on our website under the Fees and Deadlines Tab.

Along with our Online Certification, we have incorporated a Recertification process for our CER and CET designations. This process is not something new to a certification process, but it is new to AAERT. Recertification allows our members to continue to raise the bar on their professionalism through continued education and community and association involvement.

Anyone holding a CER, CET, or a combination of both, and tested prior to January 1, 2013, will be required to be recertified with 2.0 CEU credits or take a one and a half hour class offered at our 2014 and 2015 conference prior to their 2015 membership renewal date.

Anyone holding a CER, CET or a combination of both, and tested after January 1, 2013, will be required to be recertified with 3.0 CEU credits before the expiration date on their Certification Certificate.

Further information can be found on the AAERT website on the Recertification Tab, or you may contact the AAERT Office.

AAERT will continue to update and improve our list of ways to earn CEUs, and members will be notified via email of these changes.

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 The BUZZ

 

Tech Devices You Can't Live Without

The Airport Lifesaver
A Three-Outlet 6 or 12 foot extension cord, and an outlet multiplier for crowded airports


 

Cable Slaps
Cableslaps are constructed with a solid steel bistable spring core for durability and a fully-bonded soft but grippy silicone outer casing to hold and coddle your precious cables

Paper USB Business Card
Lets you track usage

Smart Router Travel Adapter with USB Port



AAERT Member Benefits

Below is a reminder of the various Member Benefit Discounts we have for our AAERT members. For a complete listing and more information, check out our AAERT Members Benefits Page on our website.











AAERT
American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers, Inc.

P.O. Box 9826
Wilmington, DE 19809
800-233-5306
website:
www.AAERT.org
email: newsletter@aaert.org

 

Hello @@first_name@@ - We hope you enjoy this issue of The Court Reporter. Don't forget that you can submit an article and earn CEU credits if the article is published. Please send your articles, comments regarding this publication or format suggestions to Gail Malm Armstrong, Editor-in-Chief at Newsletter@AAERT.org


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President's Message

by Buck Ewing


I hope you are well and happy.  I can guarantee that 2015 will be a year of great change for us.

Our industry is expanding.  Change is everywhere.   Many courts have issued RFPs for digital recording equipment, at least three companies are developing innovative workflow software, almost all recording companies produce stand-alone reporting systems, and digital reporting is springing up everywhere.

AAERT also is on the move.  Every committee is working hard on new initiatives.  Our goal is to strengthen our position as the premier association for electronic reporters and transcribers in the world.

Here is some of what we are doing.....


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About Face!

by Gail Malm Armstrong, CER, CET
Editor/Chair-Social Media Subcommittee


Effective January 1, 2015, changes were made to the AAERT social media pages: Facebook Group Public Page, Facebook Public Page, LinkedIn, WordPress, Google Plus, Pinterest and Twitter.  These changes are in order to facilitate the dissemination of news and to encourage discussion among members in an organized manner.  It will also assist AAERT membership and others to quickly recognize which social media site provides the specific information or forums they are seeking.

 

Click here to view the detailed CHANGES TO AAERT SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES.



 

What are the Characteristics of an Outstanding Transcriptionist?

by J. Marie Moran, CET

Being an outstanding transcriptionist requires more than simply typing quickly and accurately. Those skills may make you a good transcriptionist. Becoming outstanding requires going that extra measure.
 

Be prepared. If you are prepared to begin your new job, you should have everything you need at your fingertips in order to fill in the appropriate information and to be able to look things up quickly and efficiently. Review any log notes prior to doing the job. Make sure you are using the correct template for the job, and fill in the proper and correct information on your cover pages. Do your research on terms and names, and verify everything....

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Rescue Me --- The Power of Passion!
 
by Karen Hartmann, CET

As my children grew up and gained their independence, it was apparent the demands of motherhood were dwindling. So many thoughts crossed my mind. Did I want to re-enter the workforce and become an employee outside of my home? Dive into a hobby? Find a passion? My children were not the only ones with this new-found sense of independence. I was feeling it too. Reflecting on the type of person I am, it did not take me long to realize being an employee may be short-lived. After being self-employed for 27-plus years, it may be hard to condition myself to become a 9-to-5 employee. So I did what came naturally. I followed my heart. Over the years, I have found there are two things I am particularly passionate about:

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The Beginning of a New Year Brings...
by Government Relations Committee:
Rick Russell, Chair and SueLynn Morgan, Committee Member

The beginning of a new year brings newly elected politicians being sworn into their new offices, governors delivering “state of the state” addresses and state legislatures convening for a new session.  In addition to these activities, state chief justices will deliver their “state of the judiciary” addresses.  If you’ve ever had an interest in government relations or staying aware or involved in the making of laws and rules that affect our livelihoods, now is a great time to start learning about these processes.

If you perform an Internet search for the definition of “government relations,” you will find numerous websites that refer to it as “GR is an educational process mixed in with a liberal amount of advocacy,” and it occurs at the local, state, and federal levels.  So what is involved in the educational process and what is “advocacy”?

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Some Thoughts on Proofreading

by Penina Wolicki, CET

A wise bird once said, "Everyone makes mistakes, oh, yes, they do," but as one of my friends once pointed out, Sesame Street has been shoveling garbage to millions of children for decades. This was said in the context of a discussion about how Sesame Street preaches to children that learning should be both fun and simple, when that's not necessarily so.

But educational philosophy arguments aside, when Big Bird says that everyone makes mistakes, that is in fact true; the implication that you can just move on without correcting the mistake or without consequences, however, is simply not a good educational message. If you make a mistake, every effort should be made to correct it. This is in particular true....

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 Pursuit of My Certification Adventure

 

by Leigh David, CET

Whether you have taken the AAERT examination for certification or are contemplating taking this examination, I think we can agree that it represents a significant milestone in achieving a recognizable level of professional competence in the world of digital reporting and transcribing. I share my experience to impart some flavor of what it was like for me to take this test and perhaps share some smiles.

The Transcriber Certification test was being offered within a mile of where I lived. Thus, there wouldn't be any time that it would be more convenient for me to take it. Today being test day,....

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The Road to Transcription
by Ellen Kolman


Let me start with a disclaimer. This is not a technical article about transcription, but just an anecdote of how I got involved in transcription and to perhaps take some of you down memory lane.

Growing up in the Philadelphia area, there were two paths to take in high school; academic and business. I chose the academic route. At one point, I had to take an elective. My mother suggested I take typing. Not typing. Not for me. Boasting, I was on the academic track. Business course ‑‑ no way. What did I need that for?  This was in the early 1970s. But I acquiesced because no other electives seemed appealing. I thought about taking metal shop but the welding mask would have messed up my hair. So tap, tap, and tap away on a manual typewriter I go. I think it was a Royal, if memory serves me right. So I passed the course, graduated from high school, and the next step was college.

I longed to be....
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AAERT Social Media Made Easy
by Jay Gross, CER

In the past few years, the number of companies and organizations investing their time and energy into social media has grown exponentially. For most entities, being on social media is a necessity.  However, the different social media platforms can often be confusing or difficult to navigate.  In this article I am going to try to help simplify two of the major ones for you, Facebook and LinkedIn. This article will be part of an ongoing series to introduce features of major social networks and learn more about how to stay up to date and connect with AAERT.

We’ll first start with Facebook which is one of the largest social networks today. Originally targeted for personal use, business use on Facebook has exploded recently. Here is an introduction to some features that can help you get the most out of Facebook:

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Punctuation is Powerful

by Antoinette Franks, CET

     People are often confused when to transcribe a number in written form and when to use numeric form. The most common occurrence is switching from single-digit numbers to double-digit numbers. The next most common dilemma would be dollars and cents. I would say the third most common issue, due simply to its lack of frequency, is a number at the beginning of a sentence.

     Single-digit numbers, one through nine, are written out. Then the magic starts when you hit 10, because this is where you switch to numeric form. For single digits, even for whole dollar currency, i.e. nine dollars, you write the number in written form. Any number above nine, 10 and up, is written in numeric form.

     Then we have....


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Humor in the Court
by Sharona Shapiro, CET

When I began working in legal transcription nearly a decade ago, one thing was clear from the start. This is serious business.

Every morning I sit down in front of my computer and prepare to spend the next several hours by myself, just me and my keyboard. I enter the world of transcription virtually hopping from one courtroom to the next, eavesdropping on anything from salacious testimony in criminal proceedings to heart-wrenching disputes in family court.

In reality, despite the occasional exciting legal proceeding, the transcribing work I do is mostly mundane and routine, which is why I especially appreciate interjections of humor in the courtroom, whether advertent or inadvertent. In this article I will share with you some choice humorous moments that actually occurred in proceedings transcribed by myself or my colleagues at eScribers.

One of my favorite lines was when a judge....

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Professional "Macos" 
Maco (pronounced Mah-co) - To spy on, someone who minds other people's business

by Anushko Sookdeo

“They have Court Reporting there?” I’m sure this is the question that many of you would have asked yourselves upon hearing this. Yes, we do work in between enjoying the sun, sea and sand (its 86° Celsius in December). The most popular question I am asked though is, “Where is Trinidad and Tobago?” Well, it is the southernmost island in the archipelago of Caribbean islands and is approximately, seven miles from Venezuela’s northeastern coast. 

These small islands, Trinidad being 1,864 square miles and Tobago being 116 square miles, is where I proudly call home, as well as, the other 1.3 million persons who have ancestral roots in places such as India, Africa, China, Europe, South America and pretty much every other country whose peoples have inhabited this twin island Republic. Our first inhabitants were the....

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The Glamorous World of Working from Home .... Or so some think

by Danielle (Dani) Gordon, CET


I often dread telling people what I do for a living. When I tell them I am a transcriptionist/proofreader, they invariably ask, “I would love to do that. How do I get started?” Then I just groan and tell them it’s not nearly as glamorous as they seem to think. Yes, I am here with my kids. Yes, I can sit in my pajamas for hours on end. However, I try to make them understand that I’m not just lounging around eating bonbons. Most days I spend from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. proofing transcripts, answering emails, and putting out fires with just short breaks for eating, cleaning my house, preparing meals, and what have you.

This is not the life I envisioned for myself. I had it all mapped out....

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