What is a Digital Reporter?

Digital court reporters have an exciting, fast-paced job that often requires them to think fast. It is also fascinating work with each day offering something new as you cover depositions, court proceedings, trials, investigations, interviews, and other types of testimonies.

A digital reporter’s responsibility is to accurately capture a verbatim record of legal proceedings. Instead of using a stenography machine that requires typing 225 words per minute, you run sophisticated recording software and equipment to capture the audio while taking notes, annotating speakers, and marking exhibits.

Some of the essential skills digital reporters need include:

  • Pay attention to details and listen closely to ensure every word is captured correctly.
  • An engaging yet assertive personality to keep proceedings moving smoothly.
  • A natural interest in court cases or the legal profession.
  • Comfortable working with computers, technical equipment, and videoconference platforms.
  • Type 40 words per minute.
  • Strong English spelling, grammar, proofreading, and research skills.
  • A high school diploma or GED.
  • Obtain a notary license in your state to administer the oath.

Traditional training for court reporters involves obtaining a two-year degree that costs thousands of dollars and state certification. With streamlined training and the assistance of AI-supported software, The Court Reporting Academy is able to offer an affordable 10-week program that quickly launches you into a new career.

If digital court reporting sounds like a good fit for you, then check out our professional development and scholarship opportunities, or join us for an upcoming virtual Open House!