Jordan and I just got off the phone with Rick Doblin, founder of MAPS and we had an amazing talk with him, covering many topics, mostly centred around psychedelics. We would like to publish it not just as a typical podcast in audio format, but also as a blog posts containing the whole transcript.
I was first planning on posting it on oDesk or something, but I’d rather have someone here who can use the money and actually enjoys the subject matter. The pay will be 25$ dollar flat, paid with Paypal.
Here’s what you will have to do:
1) It is a 93 min mp3 file which needs to be transcribed into a .docx file.
2. You must be able to read, listen, write, understand and type the transcriptions into text documents. You must lookup any words or phrases you do not understand.
3. VERY IMPORTANT: Please delete the following words from the transcription, which I tend to overuse too much: “just” “yeah” “umm” “ahh” “so” “then” “well” “try” “again” “now” and “like.” Removing the word “just” especially is extremely important.
Clean up specific phrases so the text sounds more written than spoken. For example: remove or replace the phrases “you’ve got” “I’ve got” “what you want to do” and “what we’re going to do.”
Example of repeat words in audio: “And so eventually once we finish it or something, I’m going to edit the headline.”
Transcript should read: “Once we finish it, I’ll edit the headline.”
4. I do not want any semicolons in the transcription. Please use commas or short sentences when appropriate. Do not use “informal” words in the transcript… “coz” should be written “because”, “wanna” should be “want to”, “gonna” should be “going to.”
5. I want the text broken up into small paragraphs of no more than 3-4 sentences each. Please only split a paragraph where it makes sense to break it up.
6. Tighten up the wording whenever possible. For example: “You can take these and edit them out and make them fit into whatever your particular product is.” This could be shortened to, “Edit these to fit to your product.” Obviously I do not expect every single sentence to be tightened up, but please make a quick pass if you notice a wordy or run-on sentence.
7. Laughing should be transcribed as [laughter]
8. Look at this example for format: http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2013/10/bg-298-quantified-selflessness/
Here is what you need to know about applying for this job:
A. This is a flat rate job. The amount will be paid once I receive the transcript.
B. I need this transcription completed As Soon As Possible, latest by September 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM Eastern time. If you cannot complete this assignment by then, please do not apply.
C. You will need to send me a daily private message telling me what you have accomplished that day and how close you are to completing the project.
D. To apply, post here or send me a private message.
E. More podcasts will follow :-)
Ah man if I had the right equipment… Just got out of a job where I basically did this all day for live calls between deaf / hard of hearing people. But little freelance jobs would be more fun for a better cause. They had 2 tools that helped a ton; Dragon naturally speaking software and a pause pedal. Combined, I could slap this up for you before the evening. But the software is like $100 on its own and takes some time to train. If you plan on doing a lot of podcasts or transcribing you’d maybe want to invest in it yourself? Anyway, sorry to tease, surely someone else will bite this up. If you don’t find anyone for some reason I’ll help make sure it’s done by deadline.
@versai, Hey man, thanks for your advice. It never occurred to me that there is specific software designed just for this. It’s definitely something we will look into once we have make more podcasts and get good feedback.
For now, we need someone to do it the old fashioned way :-)