Court reporters may conduct business within a courtroom setting, but just as many are found in other settings. This is because court reporters, who are educated and trained to record and transcribe verbatim, are in demand in a number of settings and for a number of purposes, from broadcast closed captioning and captioning services for the deaf or hard-of-hearing at live events, to legal depositions and shareholder meetings.
A court reporter is a professional who is most often licensed and/or certified to record proceedings using a machine. Through a comprehensive post-secondary court reporting program, reporters are able to capture spoken words in a phonetic code on a machine, with each line of characters representing a sound or syllable. From there the court reporter (or dedicated transcriber) translates the code into written text to produce a final transcript.