It sounds like you have made one and possibly two mistakes: (1) Not having a lawyer (it's not clear if you had one, but that's important), and (2) Not bringing your own court reporter. Most courts no longer provide reporters. You have to arrange for one and sometimes even pay one in advance. If you fail to bring a court reporter, you greatly reduce your chances of success on appeals or post-trial motions to near zero. The media won't help with appeals. A transcript from a court reporter will.
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You hire a court reporter to sit there and report everything that's said in open court. Expect to pay her in advance.
It sounds like you are doing this without a lawyer, which is a huge mistake. If you can afford a court reporter, you can probably afford a lawyer, and should.