compensation: $25.00 per hour employment type: contract
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The Digital Reporter Welcome Program introduces the profession of digital reporting through practical and hands-on exposure, as well as ongoing support through loaner equipment and software. The Program is at no cost to qualified participants, and on average lasts 8 weeks and requires approximately 16 days of on location sessions.
Upon successful completion of the Program, qualified Digital Reporters will have the opportunity to work as an independent contractor. An active contract would include:
•Ongoing offering of paid work assignments in an individual market.
•Ongoing tech support during company work assignments.
•Official recommendation for industry certifications (as desired, certification is not required for digital reporter contract work)
The role of a Digital Reporter is to capture and preserve the verbatim record of a deposition, examination under oath or other court proceeding by performing three main functions:
•Create a clear and complete quality audio recording of the proceeding;
•Create accurate and detailed annotations of case events and terminology to serve as a guide for the transcriptionist; and
•Manage the proceedings as an independent arbiter of the record.
Digital reporters are independent contractors and can work as little or as frequently as they like. Earnings are influenced by the complexity of the proceeding, geographic region, experience level as well as the number of hours available to work. Digital reporters are primarily paid in half and full day increments, and average compensation across the US ranges from $100 to $130 for 4 hours.
Qualification and Skill Requirements
•High School or GED required
•English speaking, reading and writing fluency required
•Able to effectively prioritize and meet deadlines
•Excellent written and verbal communication skills
•Courteous and professional demeanor
•Good problem-solving abilities
•Strong sense of discretion
•Professional, Punctual and Presentable
•Typing speed of at least 40 wpm with a high rate of accuracy
•Able to learn new hardware and software
Mental and Physical Requirements
•Focus and attention to detail is required
•Ability to sit still for long periods of times without interrupting
•Ability to listen and follow directions
•Ability to maintain concentration with frequent time pressures
•Ability to lift 20 to 25 pounds
•Ability to hear and perceive the nature of sounds at a normal level
Working Environment and Conditions
•Working within an indoor environment, may include court setting, around equipment, including but not limited to computers, work stations, video and audio equipment.
“Highly Desirable” Qualifications and Skills:
•Associate Degree in Legal Studies or related field
•Associate Degree in Electronics, Communications or military equivalent
•2+ years’ experience as a paralegal or legal secretary
•Familiarity with legal documents and terminology
•Knowledge of the US civil deposition processes
•Prior videographer experience
•Knowledge of professional audio & video equipment
•Typing speed of 60 wpm with a high rate of accuracy
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