Jane cut her teeth in audio-typing working for a chartered surveyor and moved into transcribing interviews by working on covert recordings for a solicitor. She argues that audiotyping and transcription is not a dying art in these days of speech to text, rather it is a developing one.

In all honesty, if you can touch type and can access the appropriate software, Jane would encourage academics to transcribe their own work where time allows. It helps with initial analysis and helps you with the basic ‘geography’ of the material… but who has the time? Audiotyping files are accepted in MP3, MP4 and WAV files, with a typing rate of 4 minutes to 1 minute of tape – so a 1 hour tape is going to cost £140 (4 hours at £35 per hour).

Academic transcription is a specialist sub-division of transcription work, which not all audio-typists should tackle. Jane will ask you questions about:

  • how you want your work presented,
  • whether you are using analysis software and
  • requested approaches to over-speaking when she takes on your work.

Transcription and audio-typing work can normally be returned within the week, but arrangements can be made for short deadlines and ongoing work over a series of interviews.

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