In honor of Court Reporting & Captioning Week 2018, Paradigm’s Director of Client Relations Angie Punton interviewed Jennifer Sati, RMR, CRR, CRC, CRI. Jennifer is the Program Director and instructor for Judicial Reporting and Broadcast Captioning atAnoka Technical College in Anoka, Minnesota. She serves on NCRA’s Board of Directors, and is the Board Liaison to the Court Reporting Program Advisory Committee. She started her career as a court reporter in 1985.
Angie Punton: Happy Court Reporting & Captioning Week, Jennifer! As a member of the National Court Reporters Association’s Board of Directors, what does this week mean to our industry?
Jennifer: Celebrating Court Reporting & Captioning Week is a fantastic and effective way to create awareness about this in-demand and rewarding career! Across the country, the market has career opportunities and we must continue to train and graduate new professionals. Students still self-report that the way they heard about court reporting or captioning is through word of mouth. This week is a specific way we can draw attention to exactly what we do! Reporters and captioners can reach a national, regional, and local audience, whether it’s through TV interviews, newspaper articles, hosting awareness events, attending high schools and career fairs, using social media, or by simply having a conversation with your neighbors and friends.
Angie Punton: What’s the most common misconception people have about court reporting?
Jennifer Sati: That we are not keeping up with technology! Quite the contrary: WE ARE technology! When you compare the ability to capture spoken words to text immediately and have a working copy at your fingertips, nothing compares! Absolutely nothing.
Angie Punton: What qualities or personality traits do you see as making an ideal court reporting student?
Jennifer Sati: Desire, commitment, and grit! Students must really desire this career before they’re willing to commit the hard work required in school, and a good dose of grit will help handle the ups and downs of speedbuilding. Court reporters and captioners can promote student success by sharing their own excitement for the profession and offering positive reinforcements when talking with students.
Angie Punton: What is one thing you wish prospective students knew about the court reporting profession?
Jennifer Sati: You’re not just training for a job, you are developing a passion for a career and will belong to an amazing family of court reporters and captioners. As the quote from Confucius says, “Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” Students who say they have talked to court reporters and captioners before signing up for school say it was the love and passion shown by the reporters and captioners for the career that helped them decide to enroll.
Angie Punton: Anoka Technical College’s Judicial Reporting Program is one of the most highly-esteemed court reporting schools inthe country. What’s your recipe for success?
Jennifer Sati: The faculty at Anoka Technical College cares deeply about the student as a person first and teach by providing hands-on training. All classes are taught by experts in the industry. I, myself, have 30 years of experience as a freelancer, official, CART provider, and captioner. Our technology instructor, Merilee Johnson, is a leading national expert in technology and software. Jane Schleusner has worked 30+ years as an official reporter. We have an on-site lab for students to use Monday through Friday, which is staffed by Deb Longley, who is available to assist students. We are a flexible on-site program, requiring just two days on campus per week. While we’re an on-site program, we also utilize online for some courses and an unlimited supply of online practice material.
Angie Punton: Where do you see the industry in five years?
Jennifer Sati: I see our profession thriving and becoming stronger each coming year. I have a front-row seat to watching my graduates enter the profession and succeeding. I am beaming with pride when I see a show being captioned by one of my graduates or I see a graduate taking depos in a class-action lawsuit or reporting a high-profile trial! The future is in good hands with the new professionals we have entering the field! My recipe for success: 1. Belong to NCRA and your state association; 2. Create awareness of the profession; and 3. Recruit new students to schools. With that, our future will be promising!