An In-Depth Look at the Scopist Profession


Scopistry, produced by, is an in-depth look at the scopist profession for those who are seriously considering becoming a scopist.

 Scopistry is a no-nonsense look at real-world issues involving becoming a professional scopist in today's work environment.

Scopistry also makes a great primer for in-house training!  Reporters and reporting firms who routinely train scopists might wish to have a copy of Scopistry on hand for training purposes!  Complete background information, job descriptions and task delegation are provided, which makes Scopistry a quick and easy way to give new trainees the fundamental concepts they'll need in order to perform their task effectively! 

The position of scopist was created when computers were introduced to the court reporting profession. Prior to PCs, court reporters oftentimes relied upon notereaders to produce their transcripts manually on typewriters. Because court reporting has become so computerized over the years, the scopist has become much more than just a legal transcriptionist; rather, they also perform vital computer-oriented tasks which can make them invaluable to today's court reporter.

As a profession, because of its inherent reliance on computer technology, scoping is becoming a very popular topic of exploration for those interested in changing careers.  However, in trying to obtain information on becoming a scopist, it's easy to get confused by the information that's currently readily available. Training and equipment can be very expensive and time consuming. It can sometimes be difficult to find a way to consider all the options available as a scopist because most of the information available out there is from one vendor or another, and it's sometimes difficult to tell whether the information you receive is biased in some way or not. Scopistry is written in a real-world, no-nonsense fashion so you can see the possible pitfalls as well as the possible benefits in becoming a scopist.

Scopistry is designed to provide detailed information regarding just what a scopist does and what is expected from them.  Because knowledge of court reporting is crucial to understanding scoping as a profession, we outline the entire process, from lawyer to laser printer, if you will. We cover the various types of transcript you're likely to run into, and what's important in each type of transcript. Included in Scopistry are various sample pages of court formats, as well as general guidelines for transcript production. We explain the nitty-gritty of transcript creation and production from the court reporting perspective so you can know what is expected from a scopist by the court reporter, and even cover the various types of court reporting roles that exist in the profession today -- did you know most of them don't even work in court?

Scopistry also covers the basics of machine shorthand, the written language of court reporting.

Because specialized, generally very expensive software is used in court reporting and scoping today, Scopistry covers the topic of computer-aided transcription (CAT), taking some of the mystery out of the subject. We discuss what's important in a CAT system, what you should look for and what to avoid.

Because there are several ways to be trained as a scopist,Scopistry discusses various methods to receive training, as well as discussing certification issues.

Because there are several ways to operate as a scopist, Scopistry discusses major business models and how to decide which business model is right for you. Included in this topic is the discussion of typical rate structures for scoping services rendered. Also covered are alternative services which can greatly augment your income as a scopist.

Scopistry is designed to be more than just an in-depth introduction or primer into scoping; Scopistry is intended to be a guide for understanding the profession, then creating and carrying out a strategy for receiving training and finding employment as a scopist.

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