Should You Pay to Get an Interview Transcribed?

For writers and media pros, getting the most out of an interview is of utmost importance – especially on a deadline. Whether you’re a newbie writer or just introverted, it can be difficult to keep your cool while fumbling for your notebook or dealing with an uncooperative recording device. In the latest Mediabistro feature, veteran scribes give tips on how to get the most out of an expert interview. Luckily for us, there are a myriad of options to make transcription easier:

For a free option, try Express Scribe Transcription Software or use the Dragon Dictation app for iPad and iPhone. The downfall of using a free service is that you will often have to go back in and edit words and add punctuation. If you don’t want to worry about this, one of our Mediabistro editors recommends the Rev Voice Recorder app, which accurately and quickly transcribes interviews for $1 a minute. Before you write off the idea of paying for a transcription service, stop and think about how much you’re worth. For example, if it takes you two hours to transcribe a 50-minute interview, and you value your time at $50/hr, you’d be better off paying the $50 to have the interview transcribed than to waste $100 of your time.

For more, read Get the Most Out of Your Interview With an Expert.

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