Machine Shorthand Reporter



OFO No: 413102 





Other names for Machine Shorthand Reporter: 

  • Braille Transcriber
  • Court Reporter / Taker
  • Hansard Reporter
  • Stenocaptioner
  • Stenographer 

What is a Machine Shorthand Reporter?

A Machine Shorthand Reporter records the spoken word in a legal court, at parliamentary hearings, during television programming and assisting the deaf and hearing impaired.

Machine Shorthand Reporters use shorthand writing, stenotype shorthand machines, and computer-assisted transcription software and sound recording equipment.

What does a Machine Shorthand Reporter do?

  • listens attentively
  • records the spoken word very carefully and precisely
  • works quickly and accurately
  • certifies what they have recorded to be 100% correct
  • prepares official transcripts of what they have recorded
  • keeps up to date with legal jargon and terminology
  • checks details and information in libraries

Are you . . . ?

  • a good listener?
  • a perfectionist?
  • a person who can concentrate for long periods?
  • a good speller?
  • an accurate worker?
  • a person who pays attention to details?
  • responsible and reliable?
  • organised?
  • a good typist?

How do I become a Machine Shorthand Reporter?

You will need training to use a stenotype machine. This will allow you to record fast-paced legal proceedings.


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Typist … or … Secretary

Is becoming a Machine Shorthand Reporter the right career choice for me?