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IPRS meeting Prague (Czech Republic)
September 29th – October 1st, 2012

Whereas the biennial Intersteno congresses have a more formal character, the IPRS meetings held between congresses are informal. Therefore, these meetings allow for a better exchange of ideas, discussions in small groups, networking with peers and the possibility to know one another better.

In Prague the IPRS meetings will be chaired by:

  • Ms Rian Schwarz (The Netherlands) – member of the Intersteno Board for IPRS and Head of the Reporting Department of the Dutch parliament.

The discussion sessions will be moderated by the IPRS Steering Committee:

  • Ms Patti Calabro (USA) – Owner of Calabro Reporting Services LLC
  • Ms Lida Horlings (The Netherlands) – Owner of Horlings Conference Reporting
  • Mr D’Arcy McPherson (Canada) – Managing Editor, Debates Services, Senate of Canada
  • Ms Marlene Rijkse (The Netherlands) – Coordinator at the Reporting Department of the Dutch Parliament
  • Mr Fabrizio Verruso (Italy) – Parliamentary reporter at the Sicilian Regional Assembly.

Program IPRS meetings Prague

(CE credit request forms will be available after each session)

Saturday, September 29th
12.00 – 13.00 h Lunch at Hotel DUO
IPRS meeting 1  
13.30 – 13.35 h Welcoming remarks by Ms Rian Schwarz
13.35 – 14.35 h

Plenary introduction, discussion in subgroups, plenary conclusions

moderator: Ms Marlene Rijkse

“In what way does synchronizing a transcript to audio/video affect the editing of verbatim transcripts (false starts etc.) for reporters?”
14.35 – 15.45 h

Plenary introduction, discussion in subgroups, plenary conclusions

moderator:  Mr D’Arcy McPherson (WebEx video conference sponsored by Senate of Canada)

“Is it a reporter’s job to prevent a speaker from looking ridiculous?”

19.45 h Welcome dinner in Hotel DUO
Sunday, September 30th
IPRS meeting 2  
09.00 – 10.00 h

Plenary introduction, discussion in subgroups, plenary conclusions

moderator: Mr Fabrizio Verruso

“In what way can hiring of external freelance reporting agencies/freelance reporters be a solution for parliamentary reporting offices to better cope with work peaks?”

10.00 – 11.00 h

Plenary introduction, discussion in subgroups, plenary conclusions

moderator: Ms Patti Calabro

“Can Virtual Reporting* be a solution for freelance (court)reporters to get more jobs covered?”

[*Virtual Reporting: access to a meeting, trial, arbitration, deposition, by seeing and hearing all participants via Skype or similar software, using  an Apple iPad2/an iPhone 4 or a PC with a webcam].

11.00 – 12.00 h

Report of IPRS meetings Paris 2011

chair: Ms Rian Schwarz

Plenary discussion about further development of IPRS
(website www.iprs-info-org; IPRS sessions at Intersteno Ghent 2013; questionnaire)

moderator: Ms Lida Horlings

12.00 h Lunch at Hotel DUO
18.30 h Dinner 'Celebration of 125 years of INTERSTENO' in the Castle Mělník.
Monday, October 1st
IPRS meeting 3  
09.00 – 12.00 h Visit to Czech Parliament
12.30 – 13.30 h Lunch in Hotel DUO
16.30 h Trip to Prague Venice and Prague Castle
Tuesday, October 2nd – Optional excursion
09.00 h Optional excursion to northern Bohemia --- CZK 1500
  • Visiting the Glass-works and Glass museum in Nový Bor (Those who will not resist temptation can even learn the work of glassmakers and – using the blowing pipe – manufacture their first exclusive glass piece)
  • Gorges in Hřensko
  • Pravčická brána (the largest natural stone bridge on our continent and a natural monument of our country) and Falkon's Nest

The price includes entrance tickets to the above places, transfer, lunch, afternoon coffee and cake.

19.00 – 20.00 h Arrival in the Hotel DUO


The IPRS meetings will be hosted at the Hotel DUO Prague, Teplická 492, 190 00 Praha (Czech Republic) from Saturday, September 29th to Monday, October 1st, 2012. An optional excursion is scheduled on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012.

Hotel website: www.hotelduo.co.uk. Hotel DUO Prague is located just 15 minutes by metro from the centre of Prague, with a new metro station right across the street.

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