Why Should I Use (and Pay) a Transcript Proofreader?
Spell check is okay for obvious mistakes, but what about things like using “there” instead of “they’re”? It won’t tell you whether a hyphen is needed or if your spacing is correct. A verbatim record is hard to keep track of, so mistakes are bound to happen.
The problem with Grammarly and similar apps and websites is that it doesn’t always make the “right” correction. It may want change “into” to “in to” words ” even though they mean different things. It doesn’t know what a byline is or when names in a transcript need to be kept on the same line. More importantly, it doesn’t consider the gray area that exists in the English language.
What Does a Transcript Proofreader Do?
Being good at grammar is important, but it’s not enough. Research is often needed to figure out how to spell a name. For example, the company Big Lots spells its name with an exclamation point and should be written as such, even if it is grammatically incorrect. This may seem trivial, but it erases any confusion about what is being talked about. An attorney may spell their name differently than how most people would assume it is spelled. The only way to know for sure would be to look up information about the law firm the lawyer is with and verify the correct spelling.
While I am skilled at proofreading, I cannot scope a transcript, nor do I have the know-how to do so. Even if I did though, I would have different pricing for it, and it would take longer than just proofreading. Both are important, and both require extensive knowledge to do them. It is a much more extensive process and would be of lower quality if one person tried to do both scoping and proofreading at the same time.
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