On Sunday my best friend Joshua Edwards and I headed out to Washington Square Park to talk to the public a little bit about court reporting generally and the court reporting shortage fraud that is ongoing in our field. With help from several locals, we managed to secure footage of our time out and it’s my pleasure to share it now with court reporters across the country.
As I see it, there are two ways to combat shortage issues today. Either help bring attention to the blatant fraud ongoing or try to raise awareness about the profession at schools and other events. This was something of a hybrid where we made some noise about our issues and spent time educating the public on court reporting. I also used the event to solicit some donations.
Just to prove that I’m really serious about supporting the stenographic legion, I may or may not have stood inside the fountain.
I mean, I even talked to the Garibaldi statue about court reporting.
I got to talk about the Racial Disparities in Automatic Speech Recognition study.
I got to discuss digital recording and the two-month backlog that I published about on Saturday.
Joshua Edwards, RDR, CRR, CRC, also got in on the action, letting members of the public know about Stenonymous and court reporting.
I made sure to let the public know that jobseekers are being misled into digital court reporting too.
“Certain forces are trying to get rid of the stenographer…” That’s what we got to tell people. And we made sure to get it on camera so that all of you can easily share it. We all see what’s happening in Indiana right now.
I’d like to ask individuals and institutions to consider sending some funding to Stenonymous. I know many of you are busy people that cannot afford to take the time to dive into every last bit of my writing, research, and documentation over the last half decade. But clearly something is very wrong. The largest companies in our industry do not care enough about their brand to (a) attempt to convince me I’m wrong or (b) slap me with some kind of legal notice. Multimillion dollar corporations. Does it really seem off base to suggest that there might be antitrust issues here when some of the largest competitors in the field have syndicated behind a shell nonprofit to pump the market with misinformation?
If I’m right, then we should all be pretty concerned about having a marketplace where the government is inert while the largest players illegally bully the smaller court reporting providers into digital, which they’ve conveniently set up to have stakes in/relationships with, in terms of training and equipment vending.
If I’m wrong, then this is a very cruel field, because not one of you has tried to tell me I am wrong or pointed me to research that beats mine.
And if I’m right, then your money is pretty well spent on me. With the support of court reporters like you, we blew through the false media narrative of an “impossible” shortage. With more support we could afford to hire more writers, investigators, content creators, or even legal advocates. Who would like a filmed protest outside Veritext? Who’d like to have a media footprint that rivals other industries? Who’d like to push this issue until it can no longer be ignored? I’m the guy for the job. Help me out and I’ll bring allies to this field one by one.
Even if you choose not to throw any support my way, let this stand as a reminder that where there is injustice people can resist in small ways that lead to something greater. The name of the game is connecting with people, because if my time in Washington Square Park told me anything, it’s that they’re on our side.