Male stenographer writing on a shorthand machine in front of a large audience.
Male stenographer writing on a shorthand machine in front of a large audience.

Ah, the dreaded questions stenographers and court reporters have had to endure hearing over and over again: “Why are we still hiring stenographers when we could just be recording the proceedings and typing them up later?” and “Isn’t your job going to be obsolete soon?”

For full disclosure, I am now a software engineer. But I’ve worked as a professional freelance stenographer for six years prior to my transition. Although my main source of income no longer comes from providing live-captioning services, stenography is and always will be a passion of mine. It is such an intelligently and ergonomically designed…

Stanley Sakai

Engineer @ Vox Media, Live Stenographer. Talk to me about linguistics, stenography, the universe, and houseplants. House, trance, and techno enthusiast.

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