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Information Reporting Technology

Information Reporting Technology

Associate in Applied Science Degree (M)
Certificate of Proficiency (M)
Certificate of Specialization (M)

This program prepares students for careers in judicial reporting and live event broadcast captioning. After taking several fundamental courses, students may choose between judicial reporting, CART reporting, and captioning reporting options that are designed to prepare students for certification tests. This program is the only one in Missouri certified by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). This entire program is available online and is certified by NCRA.

Job opportunities are abundant for those who possess judicial reporting and captioning skills. For example:

  • Employment of court reporters is projected to grow 18 percent, faster than average for all occupations between 2008 and 2018
  • Freelance reporters now have the ability to digitally capture their depositions
  • CART reporters are assisting students who are deaf and hearing-impaired through the use of real-time technology
  • Convention reporters now can provide captioning assistance to individuals who are late-deafened
  • Broadcast captioners can assist millions of deaf and hearing-impaired individuals by captioning late-breaking weather alerts

Court reporters capture the words spoken by everyone during a court or deposition proceeding. Court reporters then prepare verbatim transcripts of proceedings. The official record or transcript helps safeguard the legal process. When litigants want to exercise their right to appeal, they will use the transcript to provide an accurate record of what transpired during their case.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings are expected to outnumber jobseekers, particularly for real-time broadcast captioners and translators.

Persons interested in information reporting technology should possess:

  • Proficient keyboarding skills
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Excellent English grammar, vocabulary and punctuation skills
  • Knowledge about computer hardware and software applications