Speech-to-Text Reporting (also more commonly known as captioning) is an area of realtime work providing communication support for the D/deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, as well as people whose first language is not English. Hearing people also benefit from the services of an STTR. Captioning assignments include meetings, conferences, festivals, museums, seminars, lectures, or one-to-one support. The captioner can be either onsite or remote.

The primary role of an STTR is to provide communication support, not to provide a legal, official transcript. If and when a text-format document is provided by the STTR, this is purely as an aide-memoir for the service user and has no legal standing, i.e., it cannot be quoted in the Court of Appeal, for example. A disclaimer to this effect will accompany an STTR’s transcript:

DISCLAIMER: Live captioning is provided in order to facilitate communication accessibility. This document contains the real-time captions in a text format, and has not been edited, proofread, or corrected. It is not an official, legal transcript and is not certified to be true and correct. It may contain computer-generated mistranslations of palantype/stenotype code and/or electronic transmission errors, resulting in inaccurate or nonsensical word combinations.

  • Joanne Petre

  • Contact Info

  • 07802 533481
  • joanne.petre@aol.com
  • About Our Member

  • I started stenography training in 1994 at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire.

    Having worked in Chancery, Marcantile, Crown and Civil Courts until 2000, I then began a career in TV Captioning/Subtitling where I covered TV channels, including the BBC, Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5, Australian TV as well as Canadian an American TV.

    In 2017, I began my freelance adventure. Since this time, here is a small snapshot of what I have worked on, whether it be in the UK or overseas.

    One-to-one communication support for the D/deaf/hard of hearing.
    Large & small conferences and meetings, remotely and on-site, for banks, pharmaceutical companies, charities and also theatre companies, allowing productions to be fully accessible.
    Disciplinaries - on-site only.

    (Qualified Real-time Reporter; - QRR 1*, QRR 2, QRR 3*)

  • Member
  • Broadcast Captioning, Qualified Realtime Reporter - QRR, Realtime, Verbatim STTR/Captioning - Remote, Verbatim STTR/Captioning - On-site
  • UK, EU, Worldwide