Q. What does a scopist do?
A. A scopist reads a reporter's document word-for-word. S/he corrects untranslated or mistranslated steno, adds punctuation where needed, edits spelling as necessary and fixes formatting per the reporter's specifications. The scopist will research names of people, places, products, etc. when needed to be sure the record is correct. My goal is to return a transcript that is as near to a final transcript as possible, but the reporter should always do a final proofread her/himself.
Q. Is there really a benefit to hiring a scopist?
A. Absolutely! Consider the following scenario. Two reporters take jobs of 200 pages each at a rate of $4/pg. Compare their total earnings after two days of work WITH and WITHOUT the assista
DAY 1 - Reporter WITH Scopist:
DAY 2 - Reporter WITH Scopist:
DAY 1 - Reporter WITHOUT Scopist:
DAY 2 - Reporter WITHOUT Scopist:
Q. How do we get started?
A. You may do one of two things to get started:
Q. Do you read steno? Will you send updates for my dictionary?
A. Yes and yes!
Q. What reference do you use for punctuation guidance?
A. Morson's English Guide for Court Reporters by Lillian Morson.
Q. How long do you retain jobs you've completed?
A. I keep all finished work for one year from the date the completed job is returned to the reporter. If at any time during those 12 months you need a file re-sent, I am more than happy to accommodate your request