Excellent vocabulary, grammar and punctuation are just some of the skills required of a scopist/editor. BIVR-accredited scopists have demonstrated the requisite level of understanding of these skills, as well as an ability to understand technology and use bespoke software, and, importantly, being able to work under pressure and as part of a team.

The terms “scopist” and “editor” are commonly used terms to describe someone who works alongside the stenographer, and they play an integral role in finalising the transcript, whether for same-day or delayed delivery. According to Scope School, an internet scoping school run by Linda Evenson: “Scoping is what the court reporting industry calls editing. If a court reporter is the writer, a scopist is the editor.”

  • Kathryn Sykes

  • Contact Info

  • 07595 530119
  • mrskathsykes@gmail.com
  • About Our Member

  • Kathryn started Palantype training at Laidler Haswell Leeds in 1986 and attained APSW Accredited Court Reporter (CAT) status in 1987.
    Since that time she has covered most areas where verbatim reporting is required, including legal proceedings in all areas of the Criminal and Civil Justice System in the UK, Disciplinary Hearings and Regulatory Health as a court reporter, and since becoming freelance in 2007 her areas of work and expertise widened to include Realtime Verbatim STT in legal proceedings, disciplinary hearings, conferences, multi-agency meetings and providing one-to-one communication support for the D/Deaf and hard of hearing.

    Whilst based in Yorkshire and the majority of her work is in the north of England, Kathryn has regularly travelled and worked in all areas of the UK. Since the start of the global
    pandemic, she has developed her technical knowledge and skills further and has been providing remote services from home in line with government guidelines.

    Kathryn is a Registered Speech to Text Reporter (STTR) with the National Register of Communication Professionals working with Deaf People (NRCPD), and a member of the Association of Verbatim Speech to Text Reporters (AVSTTR).

    Kathryn achieved distinction in her realtime examination to become a BIVR Qualified Realtime Reporter (QRR1).

    In 2012 Kathryn achieved Finalist status in the National Signature Annual Awards – Communication Professional of the Year.

  • Member
  • Court, Disciplinary Hearings/Regulatory Health, NRCPD Registered, Qualified Realtime Reporter - QRR, Realtime, Verbatim STTR/Captioning - Remote, Verbatim STTR/Captioning - On-site
  • UK