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Transcribing's Role in Narrative Medicine

You might not think of speech-to-text services when it comes to the treatment of patients with cancer, but a unique partnership between transcribers and narrative medicine researchers is breaking new ground. 

Writer and researcher Renée K. Nicholson explains how, prior to working with trained speech-to-text providers, her attempts at helping patients to tell their stories were clumsy and inaccurate, and how she has since come to see transcribing as an essential element of her expressive writing research.

To read the full Spotlight Feature by Renée Nicholson, please visit the ATSP Blog.
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ATSP Wins Copyright Exemption for Captioning!

The new exemption to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act allowing disability services offices to add captions and descriptions to videos they don’t own with the fair use endorsement is in the books!

What does this mean for speech-to-text providers?

We will be providing a detailed analysis about what happens next on ATSP's Blog and in the next ATSP newsletter. Stay tuned!
Behind the Scenes
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Farewell to Departing Board Members!

As ATSP announces the scheduled departure of several Board members whose terms on the Board are coming to an end, we would like to take a moment to reflect on their service and to thank them for their significant contributions. These long-time members have been integral in helping ATSP grow as an organization and will be greatly missed among their colleagues. While they will be cycling off the Board, they will remain enthusiastic members of ATSP and the larger speech-to-text community. So, when you see them at a conference, or work with them to provide high-quality services in the near future, please take a moment to thank them for their hard work!

Bill Graham is the founder and CEO of CaptionAccess, a full-service captioning and transcription company. He co-founded the Association of Late-Deafened Adults, and has served on numerous national boards and committees related to captioning and disability, as well as the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees. His keen insight and sharp wit has been a mainstay of the ATSP Board and will be missed.

Jodi Tobin has been a staff transcriber at The Ohio State University since 2004. She is one of the initial incorporators of ATSP. A strong believer in the rights of consumers and providers alike, Jodi has been a vital member of ATSP's Board. Her knowledge and experience has been crucial to ATSP's mission, and her organizational prowess has helped the organization grow during her tenure.

Karen Walraven has been a staff transcriber at The Ohio State University since 2004. She is one of the initial incorporators of ATSP. Karen earned an Applied Science degree in Court Reporting and was a freelance court reporter for several years before joining the speech-to-text community. Karen has worked hard to ensure that ATSP has remained a fiscally responsible organization during her time as a Board member, but it is her conviction and passion for transcribing and the people who provide it that we will remember most.

Thank you all for your dedication, your vision, and your tirelessness work to promote a higher standard of quality in the field of speech-to-text provision. From the rest of the Board, we wish you only the very best!
Inspired by the great work of Jodi, Karen, and Bill? Interested in following in their footsteps as members of ATSP's Board? See the "Calling All Members" section below for more information on how to submit an application. 

Kevin Rovegno

ATSP is delighted to feature Kevin Rovegno in this month's Conversation Street! Kevin has been providing Typewell services since 2013. In his free time, he enjoys hobbies such as reading, running, and playing cards.

"Five Burning Questions!"

1. How did you get into the speech-to-text field?  What drew you to this profession? 
I had just graduated with a degree in linguistics and was looking for work with a strong relationship to language. When I started work, I found it very rewarding to be directly helping students access their education on a daily basis. And every day I would find ways to refine my PALs and learn new things myself!

2. What values do you (or would you) look for in a speech-to-text agency or company? 
Above all I would look for transparency, clear communication to employees and clients regarding the company structure, policies, and services. Also important would be commitment to evaluation of practices in order to constantly be improving across the board. Connected to those two would be a strong sense of community.

3. In your opinion, what are the most important issues facing the speech-to-text profession? 
I can’t claim to have my finger on the pulse of the entire profession, but something I’ve noticed as primarily a secondary school transcriber is the absence of services provided at this level and also at community or religious events where elderly hard-of-hearing folks may be attending. Services seem focused on colleges, which have a strong transcriber presence, and less so elsewhere. And as has long been predicted, the issue of the encroachment of automated captioning technology on human speech-to-text providers continues to hover in the distance.

4.What is one common misconception people have about you as a speech-to-text provider?
That I am just a minder for the AI providing the transcription appearing on the reader’s screen, not actually typing it. It’s always a bit scary seeing how easily this is can be accepted.

5. In your opinion, what are the most important skills or traits for a service provider to have?
I would say one of the most important traits is flexibility. Many things can change rapidly or go sideways at a moment’s notice, requiring a quick adjustment in order to keep things flowing smoothly. Another important trait is pattern recognition, whether in terms of classes or instructors, regarding the most used phrases and vocabulary. By entering these in the software's personal abbreviation list, you can save a lot of wear and tear while increasing efficiency.
Calling All Members

ATSP Seeking New Board Members

Interested in gaining non-profit experience? Looking for ways to become more involved in the speech-to-text community? ATSP is looking to expand and diversify its Board as we continue our mission to establish best practices, providing training and advocacy for service providers. We are looking for committed individuals who enjoy working collaboratively and creatively as part of a team. We are especially interested in applications from members of the C-Print community, and professionals with marketing degrees or backgrounds. Board members officially meet for 1-2 hours, once or twice a month online. In addition to meetings, additional time can be expected for internal emails, communicating with working committees, and advancing special projects. Meeting accommodations are provided as needed.

Read the full job description. (PDF).

To apply, please send a résumé and cover letter to
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