If you’re not sure exactly how transcription works, you might not even know that there is such a thing as a transcription proofreader. You might have heard of a transcriptionist, the person that types out the audio file. But what does a transcription proofreader do?
A transcription proofreader is a little different to the proofreader that most are familiar with.
The more common role of a proofreader typically receives a transcript, usually from a book publisher or editorial team and reads the script checking for grammar, punctuation and sometimes flow of the text. In the print world, online or paper, this is an essential role.
For a transcription company the proofreader works a little differently. Rather than just reading text of a completed transcript they actually listen to the original audio, the same audio the typist listened to as they typed. Their task is to fill in any words that the typist could not hear or understand as well as ensuring that the document reads well and true.
The proofreader will also format the document to the needs of the client. They might use a particular font, add any headers required, or add or remove page numbering.
This means that a company that produces high quality transcripts will have at least two people working on the job – transcription typists (the people who actually listen and type) and the proofreaders, the people who quality assure the completed document.
The proofreader is a key role in any transcription business. At The Transcription People we call this the “second set of ears” and it helps ensure that any transcript is as accurate as can be based on the audio. After all, it has passed through two sets of ears and eyes before any document is returned to a client.
So if you receive a cheap quote and wonder why, it’s probably because they don’t use a proofreader. Proofreaders add to the overall transcription time and therefore increase costs. We believe that quality is paramount and is what sets our business apart.
Want to ensure your audio is transcribed with two sets of ears? Contact us for a quote request today.