Use These Transcriptionists Instead Of Rev

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Like WeWork, Uber, Amazon, YouTube, and every tech platform you rely on to live in the 21st century, the transcription service Rev recently screwed over the people who do the actual work. They dropped the minimum rate for their contracted transcriptionists by 33 per cent, to effectively less than $7 an hour. Luckily, there are ways to find and hire a human transcriptionist directly, without paying more money.

I love the Rev platform, and I’ve recommended it on this site. But it feels ridiculous to hand $150 to a platform that pays a transcriptionist as little as $45. Plus I didn’t like learning that when I submit audio, it’s available to thousands of people until someone accepts the job transcribing it. So I looked for ways to hire transcriptionists directly.

  • Study Hall Transcribers: The media newsletter and community lists over 50 transcriptionists, with base rates starting at $1/minute. To email them all, you can send a job description to [email protected] Or pick someone and email directly.

  • Resource for Podcasters (Accessibility tab): Podcasting journalist Wil Williams lists a dozen transcriptionists and automated services (see more below), with email and Twitter contact info.

  • Transcription Network: A transcriptionist who wrote about Rev’s pay cut is building a database of transcriptionists for hire. Sign up to get an email when it goes live.

Sometimes you only need a rough transcription for internal use. These automated services are more error-prone than human transcribers, especially if your recording quality isn’t great. But they’re very helpful for taking automatic notes.

Unhappy Rev customers are also signing a petition to ask Rev to raise wages.


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