Michelle Kirkpatrick


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On October 1, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana, I had the privilege of participating in the first-ever STAR Talks -- a group of short power talks put together by several reporters to present for the Society for the Technological Advancement of Reporting.

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Let’s start right off with a controversial topic. I’ve heard it said there’s a breakdown of abilities and skill levels within court reporters: The top 10 percent of reporters are exceptionally skilled, able to write virtually any sort of realtime or fast-speaking real-...

written July 2011, edited April 2014

Court reporting test-taking sessions send me over the edge. I do NOT like to take these tests! It sends me back to my days of court reporting school. “Remember when you were a failure, Michelle?
Remember that critical time period in...

Developing a plan for realtime fixes:

  • “Dictionary-maintenance scanning” of all jobs

       Train yourself to scan the job you just wrote for dictionary maintenance items only.  Do it for

       every job if you can....

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