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A Transcriber's Journey to AAERT and the World of Digital Transcribing

by Brittany Donnell, CET

I began to be interested in legal transcription after a friend had started her own business transcribing. I enrolled in the same school, a two-year correspondence course to learn legal transcription. We were taught the "old way" of reading steno notes and transcribing them into a legal document. I was never even aware of transcribing digital recordings.

After graduating in the summer of 2014, I started making phone calls to local attorneys and area courthouses, and finally a reporter told me about finding work through the State of Missouri. I made a call to the capital, Jefferson City, and the State Courts Administrator told me that, "We require all our reporters and transcribers to certify through AAERT."

After a quick internet search to find AAERT and being totally scared out of my mind, I contacted AAERT executive offices and the certification process was explained to me. I mentioned that my experience was limited to my schooling with no "in the field training." The answer was I could apply for general membership.

I became certified in January of 2015, and late in October of 2015, I received a phone call from Janet Harris at AVTranz/eScribers offering me a job as a transcriber! I was so excited and completely amazed that someone had contacted me through the AAERT member website. With all my past job searches, I had been the one reaching out to people, not the other way around!

I have worked for AVTranz/eScribers for seven months now and have loved it. I recently attended the 2016 AAERT conference in Phoenix, Arizona. There, I enjoyed meeting other people in this business and look forward to more opportunities in the future.

AAERT membership has opened a door to a world I never even dreamed existed. While attending the conference, I was amazed at what an impact this organization has made and will continue to make. Membership also connects you to amazing people around the country and energizes you to continue to make a difference in this chosen profession. 


Brittany Donnell holds her CET designation from AAERT. She lives in Princeton, Missouri. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, singing in her local choir, reading, and traveling. Brittany attended her first AAERT conference in 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. Brittany can be reached at



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