Stenographer Steals the Spotlight

\nStenographers are often anonymous participants in the action taking place around them. Whether it’s a court deposition or a live televised event, court reporters and captioners are there to keep a record of the events taking place, but rarely do they get the recognition they deserve.\n\nThis all changed at a recent NCAA press conference covering the 2015 National NCAA Championship. A dutiful stenographer named Toni Christy was minding her own business when she caught the attention of Nigel Hayes, a Wisconsin Badger’s player, while she was ferociously punching away at the keys on her steno machine. A photographer caught all the “action” as Nigel and some of his teammates turned the questions around on Christy, wanting to know the secrets behind the allusive steno machine. A video of this interaction can be seen on the Wisconsin Badger’s Twitter account.\n\nBut the spotlight on stenography didn’t end there. During the press conference, Hayes jokingly added some hard words, such a “catawampus,” “onomatopoeia” and “antidisestablishmentarianism” to test his new friend’s steno skills. A confused reporter asked Hayes to clarify the joke. He responded,\n\n \n

“Well, the wonderful young lady over there, I think her job title is a stenographer, yes, OK. And she does an amazing job of typing words, sometimes if words are not in her dictionary, maybe if I say soliloquy right now, she may have to work a little bit harder to type that word, or quandary, zephyr, Xylophone, things like that, that make her job really interesting”

\nThis playful antic helped thrust not only Christy but her profession into national spotlight. News outlet all over the country were reporting on this unlikely encounter, and hailing stenographers for their “magical steno machines,” “superpower abilities,” and my personal favorite, as “human Siris.”\n\nToni Christy is just one of many thousands of stenographers in the country. Her love of sports led her to become the woman who transcribes the words spoken by athletes during news conferences. She also works as a computer-aided transcriber, helping students who are hard of hearing follow a lesson in school. She does this remote by using a special microphone and URL that hosts the transcription for the student to read in real time.\n\nWhile no one becomes a stenographer for the fame, it is great to see the profession in a new light. From legal courts to basketball courts and beyond, Stenographers play a vital role in many aspects of our society. Through this blog and other outlets, we hope to continue to bring awareness to the highly valuable and fascinating world of stenography.\n

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