How to Interview: Use a Recorder, Listen, and Transcribe Using a NaturallySpeaking Trick

writing, journalism, interviews, NaturallySpeakingInterviews are the backbone of good journalism  

Readers look for quotes to see the “who” of the story and to hear an authentic voice. Even when a reporter has taken particular angle on an article, the quotation is where a source gets his or her “day in court.”  Quotes enliven, humanize and inject real expertise.

Interviews for print attribution should use the exact wording 

Getting the quotes right takes work, some equipment, and a fantastic transcription trick I divulge at the end.

Getting usable exact wording can be a challenge when a source uses a string of sentence fragments or other non-standard constructions to answer questions.  This can lead to messy, even ignorant-sounding quotes.  This isn’t good for you or the source.  “The only thing worse than being misquoted, is being quoted verbatim,” says Gregory Benford, science fiction author.

It is extremely tempting to “fix” interview quotes, although it’s perfectly acceptable to truncate sentences, string out contractions, and even tidy up uncharacteristic bad grammar (unless you want your source to look like an ignoramus or preserve your characters’ regional dialect for “color”).  

Click on page 2 to continue reading and see the transcription trick

4 thoughts on “How to Interview: Use a Recorder, Listen, and Transcribe Using a NaturallySpeaking Trick”

  1. I used to use dragon years ago but it was slow and clunky. I watched the videos in the article you shared… looks like it’s improved tons since then.
    I was just about to start a property investing podcast and this would be great for transcribing the podcasts into articles which can be used elsewhere. Thanks
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    1. Since Dragon is “trained” to know your voice, it might be able to listen to a podcast directly and transcribe. I have used it by repeating the statements of people recorded during interviews. Sure was faster than typing!

  2. Amazing idea, to actually use a recorder for an interview then use a software to revert it back to an article, this will not easy your life typing the article but will make it as accurate as possible, thanks for sharing this great idea, along with all other tips for managing the interview.
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