Machine shorthand reporters (transcript typists) document court and parliamentary proceedings, television broadcasts, and meetings or conferences, and translate them into written records. They make verbatim (word for word) recordings of these proceedings using keyboards or stenotype machines, and they may also operate audio recording equipment. They may be required to read portions of transcripts aloud during trials on request from the judge. Transcript typists also prepare reports and letters, as well as other documentation for publication or electronic transmission. Transcript typists work mostly in Western Australia's cities and large towns, where the State's courts, Parliament House, television broadcasters and larger companies are located.