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Intersteno Parliamentary and
other professional Reporters’ Section
International Federation for Information and Communication Processing INTERSTENO

What is IPRS?

The aim of IPRS (Intersteno Parliamentary and other professional Reporters’ Section) is to enable parliamentary and other professional reporters to co-operate and participate via a professional organization and to ensure that this resource is used to promote the cause of democratic government, service delivery and professional business practices throughout the world.

Since its start the Federation of Intersteno has been involved with parliamentary reporting. In the 90's the significance of a section for parliamentary reporters and parliamentary reporting services became apparent.

At the 40th Intersteno congress in Istanbul (1993), the Intersteno Parliamentary Reporters’ Section (IPRS) was founded. It was decided that IPRS should initiate projects on the themes: new technology, productivity, health and safety, quality standards, recruitment and training. At each Intersteno Congress a special session was set aside for parliamentary reporters and a discussion of the themes as set out. This tradition has continued and thrived at subsequent Intersteno congresses and IPRS meetings. In addition, a number of bulletins have been published and distributed to friends of IPRS. As a result, an increasing number of parliaments have been encouraged and enabled their reporters to participate in IPRS.

In the last few years, new parliamentary and other professional reporting services, business models and opportunities have been created. In addition, existing parliamentary and other professional reporting organizations have undergone reorganization and overcome challenges thanks to the new techniques for capturing the spoken word and the availability of electronic publishing. The drive for increased efficiencies and value for money has also brought about many changes. Amongst the friends of IPRS there resides a vast reservoir of experience and knowledge. As many professional reporting and text capturing organizations have joined Intersteno/IPRS, the Intersteno Board decided in Ghent (2012) that the Intersteno Parliamentary Reporters’ Section would henceforth be known as the Intersteno Parliamentary and other professional Reporters’ Section.

IPRS is represented on the Board of Intersteno by the Coordinator for IPRS, Ms. Rian Schwarz (The Netherlands) – Head of the Reporting Department of the Dutch Parliament – rian.schwarz@iprs-info.org

The IPRS Steering Committee implements the policies established for IPRS and acts under the responsibility of the Coordinator for IPRS.

Members of the IPRS Steering Committee include:

All IPRS activities are carried out on voluntary basis. Registration as a friend of IPRS is free of charge and doesn’t commit to anything.

News and information about IPRS is published on this website, on the IPRS group on Facebook, on our Twitter account and/or by electronic newsletter to all registered IPRS friends.

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