In July, here at Alliance Virtual Offices we looked at how the world of court reporting was becoming more diverse. In the US, stenography is moving away from the court and its popularity is growing in a number of other fields, from transcribing board meetings and AGMs to interviews and broadcast captioning.
And it’s broadcast captioning that seems to be setting the world of stenography alight right now.
As reported in the Stenotech Career Institute, the London 2012 Games are having a profound effect on the industry. Watched by billions of people all over the globe, the Olympics strike a chord with people from all walks of life – and a significant proportion of those watching the sports on television are deaf or hard-of-hearing. According to Stenotech there are an estimated 28 million deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals in the US alone. Of course, still more will require captioning for other reasons – such as watching the scenes in a loud bar or in a gym.
Stadium captioning is just one field of broadcast captioning that’s in great demand – and what better way to boost your stenography career than by captioning a major sporting event? One of the wonderful things about this career choice is that it promises excitement – be it in the form of travel, working at world-famous events, or standing shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the world’s most famous figures.
Virtual offices make the perfect partner for the court reporting industry. When you’re not trackside captioning coverage of the 100m sprint final, or poolside as Lochte or Phelps make history, you could be making use of a professional day office or quality meeting room to catch up on emails or debrief with your client. With Alliance Virtual you can take your pick from over 600 global locations which means you can always be right at the heart of the action.
London 2012 aside, what’s next in the major sporting calendar? Could you be captioning the US Open in Ardmore, Pennsylvania? The Super Bowl in New Orleans? The Tour de France? Or perhaps you prefer a different stage such as the Oscars in Hollywood? The list goes on.
Whatever your preference, if you’re planning to take your broadcast captioning career to the next level, virtual offices provide the perfect partner both at home and abroad.