How awesome is proofreading? Proofreading is incredibly helpful; it is accurate; it is a timesaver; it is even educational. In a word, it is awesome! The art of proofreading makes everybody look good. And yes, it is an art; aside from having an aptitude for it, it is learned and practiced knowledge. Proofreaders L-O-V-E to help people with the written word. We love English, and we love helping people make it flow.
Consider your reputation, which I know is precious to you: Proofreading aids the court reporter’s reputation in ensuring a pristine transcript. Having a fresh, second pair of eyes proofread the transcript has saved valuable time that the reporter would have had to spend on it, rather than moving on to the next job — or dare I say catch 40 winks? In turn, it also boosts the proofreader’s reputation when a clean transcript is returned to that happy court reporter. Court reporters, lawyers, authors, journalists — everybody benefits from accurate proofreading!
Proofreading can also be educational. When the court reporter (or the recipient) sees a correction for something that he/she has not seen before (for example, the term “medicolegal” to replace “medical-legal” or “intrauterine” to replace “interuterine”), it can serve as a learning experience and can be logged into a notebook of reminders for future use.
Have an awesome day of reporting, scoping, and proofreading!