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How to Not Burn Out in Stenography and Scoping

Stenography is a highly sought-after skill and can be quite lucrative, with CNBC reporting that experienced stenographers can earn upwards of $100,000 per year as court reporters. In spite of this, interest in the profession has declined over the last 10 years, resulting in a shortage of at least 5,000 reporters.Stenographers and scopists symbiotically play […]

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These Scoping Courses Have Been Life Changing!

A year ago, my wife and I decided to make a significant change in our careers. We were looking for something completely different and we found it in scoping. A friend of ours has been scoping for 40 years and he suggested we check out ISS. It was one of the best decisions we have […]

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Q. and A. Do you use checklists when editing for reporters?

I actually did create checklists for some reporters who had certain “bad habits” that were easy for me to read over.  One gal, for example, often reversed you were/were you, and I found it very easy to overread the wrong one.  For her, I actually created an E-global that had the conflict set up which […]

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Get Time and a Teammate with a Scopist

This article by Megan Stolz Rogers says: “Stenography can be a solitary profession and reporters can work long, sometimes exhausting, hours. The solution to this can be working with a scopist — giving the reporter the gift of time and a teammate. Scoping your own transcripts is “like a second job,” says Margary Rogers, RPR, […]

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Email from 3/3/22 — Student Feedback

Hi Linda, I hope this email finds you well! I have been wanting to take the time to sit and write you an update on how things are going since graduating from ISS at the end of November. In a previous e-mail, I had mentioned that I had interest from a reporter. I did take work […]

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By Linda Evenson —  Normally, I don’t care what my competition says about ISS. I’ve always believed that the best way to market is to show folks why ISS is the best choice for them, not to denigrate other courses. The world is already so negative; I don’t want to pile more on that heap.  […]

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By Linda Evenson —  According to a blog on Accolade Scoping entitled “Deceptive Marketing” the author was “shocked” to find out that ISS uses paid internet marketing and implied this was somehow unethical. Contrary to what this instructor believes, these techniques are standard fare for selling anything and everything on line.  I did not know […]

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By Linda Evenson —  Today I got an email from a busy official who is looking for a scopist. In it, she said, “I need a reliable scopist to help me produce court proceedings transcripts. Scopist must have CaseCat software, be capable to create autoindexing for appeals and civil trials. I prefer a scopist who […]

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Case CATalyst Information

CATalyst puts out updates to the software quite often, so be sure to check for them to keep current with new innovations. According to, “CATalyst has been the industry leader in CAT software for 25 years, helping stenographers translate Steno to English and other languages since 1997. Over time new features have been added […]

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Transcript Used In High Profile Case

Reprinted by permission from Guardians of the Record: Crystal Foster   I’m on a high-profile case that’s been on trial all week. Criminal case. This case was on the news. I couldn’t believe I got this case. A Daily Copy was ordered by attorneys on this high-profile case of an excerpt of a certain part of […]

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