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What is a Voice Writer?

Voice writers are professionals who have been highly trained to capture the spoken word with the capability to convert it into text by means of computer-aided transcription software. Voice writers can be found in official courtrooms, depositions, and realtime translation services for broadcast captioning on nationally-televised channels; in colleges and arenas in which translation services are requested for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Voice writers receive skill-focused training on how to use their voices to capture the record. Upon completion of training, voice writers are then tested for audibility and accuracy. The National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA) upholds and maintains the gold standard for voice writer court reporters. This standard is equivalent to those set by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) for stenographers.

Voice writers use their voices to keep an accurate recording of proceedings equivalent to stenographers who use of their hands to do the same. Voice writers are then able to prepare verbatim transcripts of proceedings by use of their voice notes. Voice notes are not simply just a mimic of words the spoken word. Voice notes contain pertinent information that allows the voice writer to accurately transcribe proceedings and produce a transcript.

By use of state-of-the-art technology, voice writer court reporters are able to provide realtime access to proceedings simultaneously. Realtime transcription access enables attorneys and judges to have a simultaneous feed through their electronic devices and receive immediate access to the proceeding’s transcript.

Realtime access also allows deaf and hard-of-hearing persons to be able to instantly receive realtime translation feeds of court proceedings, classroom lectures and seminars by means services provided by voice writers and stenographers alike. Broadcast captioning and realtime translation services of religious ceremonies, local news, television shows, and movies are made instantly available by voice writers and stenographers alike.