I've been getting inquiries from scopists lately. Quite a few in fact. So I've added a page onto this blog called Scopists' Corner in order to post some of their information -- with their permission, of course! Hopefully, any court reporters out there in need of a scopist will at least stop by the Scopists' Corner and see who's looking for work.If you're a scopist in need of a little free publicity, please simply post a comment on the scopist page.
What Is A Scopist?
A scopist is basically like an editor and/or proofreader for a busy court reporter. He/she is trained on various CAT softwares and is adept at grammar and punctuation. Many scopers I know are former paralegals or court reporters in training. They often work from home and have clients throughout the country. The scoper I've used is named Darla and lives in Montana. Montana! Think about it, here I am a deposition reporter in California having my transcripts proofed and edited by a lady in Montana. Isn't the Internet grand!
My Theory On Having A Scopist
I figured out a long time ago that I wasn't making any money sitting at home in front of my computer editing transcripts. Unless my behind was in the chair at a deposition, I was losing money! My theory is the less time scoping my own work, the more time taking depositions, the better. I know not all CSRs share that opinion. But as for me, that's what I tell everyone.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008