The interview is an important part of many professions. From journalists and bloggers, to recruiters and police officials, interviews play an important and often crucial role. But one equally important and powerful tool that many of these professionals fail to properly utilize is transcription.
Transcription goes hand in hand with an interview, whether it’s face-to-face, via video or over the phone, and the benefits of transcribing an interview session are wide ranging.
For one, it gives interviewers an accurate written record of the conversation that can be easily scanned and reviewed, and it makes pulling quotes a snap. It also saves the interviewer time — particularly if there are hours of digital or analog media to transcribe.
Also, written transcripts are very easy to store and distribute. Compare a tiny text file to a hefty video file and see which one is easier to email or share!
Opting for a professional transcription of an interview makes sense in many situations, including:
Public figures like celebrities and politicians are always under close scrutiny, whether they are on stage or in a restaurant. Every action and conversation could be a valuable inclusion in a magazine article, newspaper series or biography.
Because interviews are often the best ways to get useful tidbits, there may be hours upon hours (or days upon days) worth of interviews to transcribe. With interview transcription, a biographer or journalist would be able to use an easy-to-read written document as they’re completing their assignment, but keep the recording of the conversation for posterity.
Journalists probably use interviews the most. This is true no matter what the reporter’s beat is, be it lifestyle, politics, crime or finance. All beats have persons of interest, and all journalists conduct interviews on a regular basis.
Wouldn’t it make sense, then, to have these interviews recorded and transcribed? For example, a business writer might review transcripts from multiple CEOs and notice a trend or recurring theme that could be a jump-off point for an article or column. Connections are easier to make when everything is laid out in front of you.
Law enforcement can use professional transcription in multiple situations, including for evidentiary tapes, surveillance tapes, and wiretaps. Making connections between disparate cases is much easier if you have the source material in an easy-to-use format.
Transcribed witness reports can be collated into the same case file as well, so that detectives can see both common threads and inconsistencies that can help narrow down suspects. Computerized databases can easily search digital text files for keywords or other search criteria (such as a license plate) that can help speed up an investigation.
Professional Transcription for Professional Interviewers
With so many benefits to be had from a transcribed interview, it should be apparent that one should trust only professional transcriptionists, like the ones at Accredited Language. Amateur transcribers and ad-hoc internal staff might try to attempt it, but an experienced transcription company can save you time… and give you peace of mind.
There are many reasons to conduct an interview, and just as many reasons to employ transcription. Interview transcription is a flexible, accessible solution for keeping track of important conversations, whether you need the transcript tomorrow or many years down the line.
If you require transcription services, get in touch with the professional at Accredited Language today.