How journalists can use audio to text outside of the newsroom

Audio to text has gotten really, really accurate in the last few years. Here are the easiest ways journalists can use it to get breaking stories out faster.

July 18, 2019

Journalists aren’t usually chained to their desks. News unfolds outside the doors of the newsroom, and journalists have to be hands-on with getting that information first. In highly competitive industry like this, getting “the scoop” before rival newsrooms means taking advantage of the latest technology, working collaboratively with a team and not taking no for an answer.

For journalists on-the-go, the demand for breaking news content in real-time can be overwhelming. A lot of the time journalists in the field work alone or with a very small team, and getting interviews, transcribing those interviews and writing articles on a time crunch is nearly impossible. We live in a world where news is served almost at the same time it happens, and ten minutes can mean the difference between breaking a story and flogging old news.

How do journalists keep pace with the newsroom when on-the-go? With a helping hand from technology. Software platforms like Trint’s audio-to-text platform let journalists streamline their workflows when they’re out of the office. A lot of time-saving software platforms are now built for use on-the-go, and any journalists who are working in the field and aren’t taking advantage of the tech available to them are destined to fall behind outlets that break news with the use of tech.


Why is audio to text technology so important to journalists?


For journalists on-the-go, audio to text technology is a secret weapon. Interviews can be time consuming, and sifting through audio to find useful information is a complete waste of time. Journalists need to have the key information readily available to get stories to press as fast as possible, and audio to text can speed this process along.

Transcribing interviews is a very time-consuming process that takes time and resources away from journalists in the field. Since remote journalists usually work alone or in a very small team, giving valuable time and resources to a mundane task like transcription is a complete waste of time. Intelligent audio to text platforms can help journalists transcribe important interviews in real-time, creating fully searchable transcripts that help you pick out the best bits of the interviews and the topics you want to discuss.


Journalists need fast ways to send transcripts to the newsroom


Journalists who work on-the-go need to be in contact with the with the newsroom at all times to collaborate on stories and break news to the world. The ability to collaborate remotely with team members is the key to working effectively on-the-go, keeping pace with newsrooms around the world. 

Audio to text software from Trint lets remote journalists collaborate on transcription projects from anywhere in the world. Journalists in the field reporting on European politics can work seamlessly on stories with newsrooms back in The States - collaboration tools from Trint allow team members to work with live transcripts, getting stories to the press while remote reporters move on to the next story.

Outside of the newsroom journalists have different workflows to those in-house. Optimizing those workflows for the best efficiency is essential to productivity - being productive with time and resources is key to getting ahead of stories and being a successful journalist. Remote journalism workflows need expert remote tools that foster collaboration and create a live connection to the newsroom.

When you’re out in the field, invest in these core three tools to boost your workflows


Audio to text

Interviews are a huge part of journalism on-the-go. Getting those interviews from your recording device to the page in front of you can be a huge job - one that journalists can’t afford to waste time on. With the powers of automation and artificial intelligence, Trint can transcribe your interviews in no time at all, creating searchable manuscripts that can be accessed and edited by your whole team.


Mobile speech to text apps send interviews straight to the newsroom


Voice recording

Those all-important interviews won’t be worth anything if you can’t work out what’s been said. Good voice recording equipment isn’t always a great investment for journalists thanks to smartphone capabilities, so take advantage of mobile recording apps to eliminate the process of uploading audio to send back to producers in the newsroom. Trint’s mobile app for iOS records both live interviews and phone calls, which can then be sent straight to Trint for transcription and shared with the rest of the team.


Camera equipment

Gone are the days of carting around clunky camera equipment - remote journalists can report live from compact cameras and even smartphones. Invest in a camera with internet capabilities that can upload footage direct to your team and to the world - broadcasting live via social media platforms is a great way to keep pace with rival journalists in breaking stories.


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