Beth's Proofing/Scoping Page

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Welcome to my site. My name is Beth Chollett, and I'm a proofreader/scopist for court reporters - a job that I thoroughly enjoy.

I decided to create this site so that you - the searcher - can learn a little more about my profession.

I've been working with and for court reporters for over 30 years now. I started out as a typist working for my dad (who is a fantastic court reporter) back in the days when court reporters still dictated all of their jobs and the typist had to type them out. There were/are a lot of good typists out there who also were "note readers," but I never learned at that time to be quite so proficient reading notes of court reporters to eliminate the middle process of dictation.

With the advent of the computer age, court reporting became much simpler for producing transcripts. Their machines became computerized and sophisticated programs were written that could take those strange combinations of letters and "translate" them into English - hopefully making the transcript read as close to the actual testimony as possible.

Once I learned how to "read" the steno from the translation into English, I was off and running into the computer age myself. I began working for a court reporting firm in Wichita, Kansas, as a "scopist," a person who takes the raw transcript before it's been read through the first time and trying to make sense of it - putting in the little words that all reporters are likely to drop from time to time (like "the," "it," and "a") when the going gets fast, adding punctuation, and checking for spellings. A good scopist/proofreader must have an excellent command of spelling and punctuation.

I have PremierPower and CaseCatalyst keys (both Case4 and Case3). Although I have do RTF capabilities, I no longer do proofreading for reporters on other systems because it is just not cost efficient for me to do so. If you're on one of the systems that I am on, you just send me the English (either NGL or SGNGL) file so I can put the corrections directly into the job so all you have to do is scan to them to make the change rather than having to use an errata sheet. Much quicker for me - and much more efficient for you. But please be assured that I read each job very carefully.

I do both proofreading and scoping for reporters. However, in order to do scoping, I need either PremierPower or CaseCatalyst files - or an RTF file produced with your CAT system (although there are a few minor (and some MAJOR) problems in this process, as the conversion tends to strip out some of the specialized formatting, such as centering and colloquy). If you are on another CAT system, it is best if you do not send the title page or index pages since there are so many special formats on those pages.

I have specialized rates for every occasion, it would seem. My normal turnaround for proofreading and/or scoping is generally 4 to 5 days - but the return is usually quicker. I also am available for expedited (faster than normal turnaround) jobs, at a slightly higher rate. I also do daily copy & immediate turnaround jobs (24-hour and also same day service - you send, I return). If you would be interested in learning more about my highly competitive rates, please contact me at the link below.

The one period of the week I absolutely do not work is sundown Fridays through sundown Saturdays. That is my family and church time, and I will not make exceptions on this one point. But I like to let people know up front so there are no surprises.

I bill out on the 15th and the last day of the month (or the Friday before if they fall on the weekend). I request payment within that billing period, but I understand the workings of court reporters very well and know that sometimes that's just not possible. This has been my major source of income for more years than I like to count... {smile} All I ask is that you inform me if there is a problem with making payment before the next billing period so we can work something out ahead of time.

Well, there you have it, my information in a nutshell. If you would like to talk further, just e-mail me. I am online virtually all day, so I check my e-mail continually.

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