Updated: Sep 25, 2019
Transcription services are widely available in today's market. Automated transcription tools have been around for years, but the quality level of these automated tools is inconsistent. Even the most sophisticated and best speech-to-text transcription tools still have an error rate of around 6%. If you are a journalist, you'll recognize that transcription tools are very important for a number of reasons.
Identify minor details in a search format
Having reliable notes to analyze the details can reveal inaccuracies, duplicates, and errors that can lead to more problems throughout your report. Plus, with full-text reading in digital format, you can easily search for phrases, lines or repeated words.
Focus on the subject
There are some recorders that can improve your notes. With a dedicated recording device and knowing that you will not have to manually type each spoken word, you will be able to get fully involved in your subject and make notes only on relevant or newsworthy items during your interview. The speed and relevance of your interview process can improve, as can your reports.
Opportunities for improvement
Analyzing your own interview techniques and questions can provide good information to young and inexperienced journalists. Are you interrupting too much? Are you professional enough? Are you too quick to ask follow-up questions when you should let some silence give you more details? By having notes in a searchable format, you can better analyze and re-organize the topics for the questions.
Custom response time
While automated speech-to-text software offer almost instantaneous transcription of spoken words, people who work on large-scale topics and long stories know that it's important to get the right details and take their time with them. However, there is the reality of deadlines. Every journalist must have a trustworthy and reliable transcription partner to help meet strict deadlines.
Journalists have a lot on their plates and any trick to save time should be a priority. Efficiency is the best way for journalists to increase their productivity. The use of transcription services to do the heavy job of transcribing and your interviews will leave you much more time to refine your story. You can develop your content carefully and save a lot of editing time, which also means you can print or publish faster.