Interview Transcription


*No external sources.  Base your response on the author’s conversation in the assigned book and, as an add-on, you can tie in lectures, multimedia, and your own personal experiences, stories, and examples.

B. Transcription Guidelines (30 Points)


Download and view the class handout on the Oral History Project before attempting to complete the Interview.   Record your interview by audio or video.  After, begin the transcription process.  There are some audio recording apps that will translate much of the interview, if in English.


Only type the words that are spoken in the audio file. Phrases or words you don’t understand should not be omitted. Instead, they should be tagged appropriately according to the company’s guidelines.
US English. Use proper US English capitalization, punctuation and spelling. Do not write phonetics or netspeak such as “u” for “you”.

Do Not Paraphrase.
Do not correct the speaker’s grammar nor rearrange words. Also, do not cut words that you think are off-topic or irrelevant. Any words not spoken should not be included. Type the actual words spoken.

Do Not Add Additional Information.
Do not add additional information such as page numbers, job numbers, titles, or your comments in your submission. Such information can be added in separate fields below the transcript.

“Clean Up” Non-Verbatim Jobs.
Verbatim means in exactly the same words as were used originally.  Lightly edit non-verbatim work to remove false starts, filler, and stutters.  A popular non-verbatim is the “hmm” sound when thinking about what to say next.  Remove them only as necessary.

Verbatim Work Should Be Truly Verbatim. When transcribing verbatim work, include every utterance and sound exactly as you hear. Unless directed in the work’s “Notes” section, all filler words should be included. Also, transcribe stutters as accurately as possible.


Use speaker labels.  These are words used to identify a person speaking in audio. The label is usually the speaker’s name, role, or other identifying attributes.

  1. Assign Timestamps at the top of every page (HH:MM:SS) – Hour, Minutes, Seconds.

Do not use double spaces after sentences or anywhere else. You can use Search & Replace function in your word processor to change all double spaces to single ones.

Follow correct grammar. All sentences should start with a capital letter and have the correct punctuation.

Where possible, break compound sentences into smaller ones. Long sentences should be broken into fragments.

  1. Keep your paragraphs short to a maximum of 400 characters.

Insert a blank line between paragraphs. Also, start a new paragraph at every speaker change.

Do not indent anything.

  1. C. Examples for Review

Curious to know what an interview transcript looks like?  Here are a few examples as references.  Your submission should look similar but doesn’t have to be identical.

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Interview Transcription

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