Myths & Facts on Court Reporting

As with any job there are misconceptions about court reporting as well. Here are some examples and
the facts that debunk these myths:
 The only place you will find court reporters is in the courtroom.
o With courtrooms becoming more focused on digital technologies, there is a higher demand for court reporters in business, the sports industry, politics, and local and federal government.
o Some court reporters work as real-time reporters and closed captioners.
o Other court reporters transcribe recordings from town hall meetings, HOA (homeowners’ association) meetings or board meetings, and live seminars and webinars.

 There are more than enough court reporters.
o There is actually a shortage in court reporters and in one county, Maricopa County in
Arizona, it has been difficult to find reporters to take on cases.
o There is a decline in court reporting school enrollment but increased demand in non-
legal fields.

 No one wants to be a court reporter.
o Sharing the joys of being a court reporter through blogs and social media channels has led to some more interest in the career.
o There are specialized skills needed to be a court reporter such as focus, attention to detail, punctuality, organization, and accuracy and speedy transcription.
o The earning potential for high-demand court reporters is higher (about $40,000 on average) than other four-year college degrees. Experience can lead to some court reporters earning six-figure salaries and making their own schedules.
o It is an exciting career where reporters can work with a variety of clients such as lawyers, paralegals, and expert witnesses.