June 18 2012


Stenspiration is inspiration for court reporters and stenographers, and future court reporters and stenographers, and anyone else who might happen to stumble upon this site.

As members of a challenging profession, it is important for us to keep a positive attitude and a stress-free mentality. Stenspirations are inspirational quotes posted with the intent to be uplifting.

Best Wishes,

Elsie Villega

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” -Mary Anne Radmacher

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June 15 2012

Why I Love Misstrokes When Practicing Realtime: Encryption To Criminal Possession

I always practice in realtime. One of the benefits of this is that I sometimes accidentally find briefs that I wasn’t aware of. Although I have read my dictionary like a page-turner, I haven’t yet memorized every brief that it contains. Therefore, being reminded of certain briefs is a bonus to my practice time.

Recently, when I was practicing and had to type the word, “encryption.” I typed: EN/KRIPGS. I then found the KRIPGS was a brief in my dictionary for, “criminal possession.” I’m not the biggest briefer, but I was like this one. I think it may stick since it’s a great combination of my briefs for criminal (KRINL) and possession (PEGS).

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June 14 2012

Why You Should Feel Like A Superhero When You Graduate From Court Reporting School

I’ve heard working reporters say that school was the most challenging part of their court-reporting journey. As any student- or ex-student- can attest, learning the skill/art of stenography is time-intensive and demanding; love it as we might :).

The website, “Court Reporting FAQs,” cites some information that should make all court-reporting school graduates feel like superheroes.  After all, there aren’t many professions that require the level of preparation and dedication that stenography does.

According to Court Reporting FAQs:  “Most court reporting schools base their programs on 24 months, studies by the National Court Reporters Association and independent research show very few students actually graduate in that length of time, with most taking 3 to 5 years or longer…Traditional for profit court reporting schools’ tuition costs range from $25,000 th $57,000.  You may be surprised to learn that these colleges of court reporting and court reporting schools have 85% to 90% dropout rates and average graduation rates of 2 to 14 percent.”

“An average graduation [rate] of 2 to 14 percent?”  Graduating is indeed worthy of superhero status.

If you are an illustrious graduate, CONGRATULATIONS!

If you are a student, hang in there and keep pushing forward!  Everyday is progress!

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June 13 2012

Court Reporter Employment Statistics

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for court reporters (based on 2010 figures) is $47,700 per year, and $22.93 per hour. The number of court reporting jobs in the U.S., in 2010, was 22,000. There is projected 14% increase for the decade of 2010-2020 for court reporting jobs, with a predicted increase of 3,100 jobs.


In 2011, there was a slight salary increase noted by  the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for court reporter salaries.  May 2011 figures show a median annual wage of $48,530, and a median hourly wage of $23.33.  The mean annual wage for court reporters in 2011 is noted as $53,710, and $25.82 an hour.

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June 12 2012

Briefs: “I Didn’t” Phrases

I didn’t believe- YIBL
I didn’t believe so- YIBLS
I didn’t care- YIK
I didn’t ever- YIFR
I didn’t feel- YIFL
I didin’t find- YIFND
I didn’t go- YIG
I didn’t have- YIF
I didn’t imagine- YIJ
I didn’t know- YIN
I didn’t like- YIBLG
I didn’t mean- YIM
I didn’t observe- YIFRB
I didn’t recall- YIRL
I didn’t recognize- YIRKZ
I didn’t recollect- YIRK
I didn’t remember- YIRM
I didn’t say- YAOIS [SIDEBAR: I use this brief because I use YIS as the suffix -ies.]
I didn’t see- YIZ
I didn’t tell- YIT
I didn’t think- YING
I didn’t think so- YINGS
I didn’t understand- YINDZ
I didn’t want- YIPT

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June 7 2012


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