Just over a month ago we asked you to share your recording strategies for phone interviews. Since then Rob Frederick (bio) offered six tips for recording over the phone or internet. And Jessica Marshall (bio) talked about strategies for making the most of those recordings with Pear Note for Mac. (Who wouldn’t love an app from the domain Usefulfruit.com?) Back in February, Helen Fields (bio) confessed how much she loves her Livescribe pen. But to wrap things up, we’d like to thank you for sharing your tips and let you know exactly what we learned from 78 of you.
Just under 70 percent of you record phone interviews. Twenty-three percent of you use recording apps on your smartphones or computers. The rest use some sort of recording gadget plugged into a recorder and some type of phone.
Why choose not to record? Returning to the recordings and transcription can be time consuming. Some respondents only record for feature articles, books, stories that they report over a long time, and technical topics. But it may not be worth the added time for a news story or blog post. Recording can add a level of security: you can always check what the person said. But in some cases it may be a crutch: One of you said,”When I quit recording, I got better at interviewing. ‘Could you say that again?’ ‘What I hear you saying is.. .’ ‘Could you spell that?’ ‘Am I right that you’re saying…?'”
More than 40 percent of you still use landlines. Roughly 30 percent use Skype or VOIP on computers, followed by 20 percent who use their cell phones.
And the most important tip for recording? Whatever tech you’re using, make sure you have enough power and that you turn the recorder on.
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