Can I use social media as a court reporter?

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As Florida court reporter you might think the best thing to do is stay off social media. We’re here to tell you that you don’t need to stay away. In fact, with the right strategy and focus, we believe you can help us spread the word about the benefits of being a court reporter and the impending court reporter shortage while learning best practices from other reporters and freelancers.

Drucker Worldwide conducted an industry-wide study and determined that by 2018 there will be a shortage of more than 5,000 reporters nationwide. What can we do today to attract students to court reporting programs and save the industry?

Connect with other court reporters.

The first thing we recommend is to connect with other court reporters on social media. Start by following the Milestone Reporting Facebook page, Twitter (@CourtReporterFL), and our LinkedIn company page for the latest reporter updates from West Palm Beach, Tampa, and other Florida cities. Second, like, share, and comment on our posts. As you grow your network of reporters, tag them in posts you think they might find interesting. The more we can connect with each other, the greater our reach to our own networks.

Identify industry resources.

In addition to connecting with thought leaders, connect with industry-specific resources like the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). They’re a valuable source of information for new and experienced court reporters. Visit the NCRA website where you will also find links to their social media including three LinkedIn groups for court reporters.

Social Media Groups

In addition to the NCRA groups, there are other LinkedIn and Facebook groups designed for reporters as well as for freelancers and business owners. You may find it valuable to connect with other freelancers outside the industry to learn their best practices for things like accounting or bookkeeping that you may not have time to manage or may need to outsource.

Twitter and #hashtags

Now that you’re following us and connecting with others, let’s dig in a bit on Twitter. We often hear there’s a lot of noise and lack of relevant information on this social media site but we beg to differ. It’s all in how you’re using Twitter.

For example, I often use it like you might use Google, as a research tool. Often I find articles that I can’t find on other websites. The beauty of Twitter is that you can search words like “Florida court” or “court reporter” to find industry articles. You can also add a hashtag like #courtreporters to see even more articles and news. From here, I follow people and companies sharing reporting news and create a list for a specific topic or hashtag. Then I just need to go to the list to see what the thought leaders on a particular topic are tweeting; it avoids the noise often associated with this platform and creates a useable resource of information that can then be retweeted and shared on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Social media is about connecting to others in our industry as well as those seeking a new career. The more we can share the benefits of court reporting and our experiences, the more likely we are to attract others to this field. If not, we may be putting courts at risk and we don’t want that to happen.