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New Job Board Feature Available

Need to hire a speech-to-text provider? Looking for more work? Know a colleague who's looking for speech-to-text job? There's never been a better time to visit ATSP online. 

ATSP is proud to announce a brand-new feature: The ATSP Job Board. The Job Board is yet another way ATSP is helping the speech-to-text community professionalize and grow. With the Job Board, ATSP hopes to foster a speech-to-text community-specific place for job seekers and potential employers to connect. The new Job Board allows for members to not only search for jobs but to also have the ability to post positions for subs, upcoming assignments, and permanent positions.  One of the interesting jobs posted on the board right right now is for an Audiologist position for the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind. Check out this interesting job listing before it's too late!

For a limited time only, the ATSP Job Board will be open to the public, but it will eventually become an exclusive member-only feature, so take advantage of the opportunity and visit the Job Board now. Make sure to share the Job Board with your friends and colleagues today so they do not miss out on a great opportunity! 

Happy Job Hunting!
Behind the Scenes
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Important URL Update!

In the past, multiple URLs would redirect to the ATSP website, but now the Association of Transcribers and Speech-to-text Providers website can only be reached through the following address:

Most individuals have been using this address. However, we ask that you please double check your bookmarks and hyperlinks to make sure they are current and up to date.
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ATSP Welcomes New Fall Intern

ATSP has gained a new Fall semester intern named Matthew Kinder. Matthew is a senior at West Virginia University where he is double majoring in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and Editing, and Slavic and East European Studies. Yes, he is aware that his majors sound like a tongue twister.

Matthew is set to graduate in December 2018 and hopes to continue his education by either going to law school or getting a MPIA (Masters in Public and International Affairs). Like past interns, Matthew will help ATSP by writing and editing content for the organization's blog and monthly newsletter. By interning with ATSP this fall, he hopes to learn about the organization's mission to create a standard of quality for transcribers and captionists and how that will help provide equal access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

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Tech Corner: Which Teleconferencing App is Right for You?

Remote transcribers and captionists know the dreaded feeling: you have connected with a reader using your app of choice, only to find that audio issues have reared their ugly head. Maybe it sounds like you are listening from underwater. Maybe the audio keeps buzzing in and out like a malfunctioning walkie talkie. You find yourself growing more frustrated with every missed syllable.
Unclear audio can occur for many reasons. Sometimes it is the result of interference at the microphone—perhaps the reader is making noise that competes with the speaker. Sometimes, it is the result of insufficient amplification at the source. Room acoustics, poor WIFI, faulty equipment—any of these elements can hamper a remote service provider's listening experience. And sometimes, the software that you use to connect remotely can make a difference, as well.
Skype was once the no-brainer tool to use for free video conferencing. However, there are more apps than ever cutting in on Skype’s market dominance, the most popular competitor being Google Hangouts. While these teleconferencing services offer similar features, there are a few differences in their design that can impact your listening experience.
It is not unusual for a service provider to experience bad audio quality using one app, only to find that the experience improves after they switch to a different app. This can sometimes lead people to believe that one option is superior to another. However, it is actually more accurate to say that one option is superior to another in certain circumstances. 

Without going into the technical details, apps like Skype and Hangouts behave differently when sending data to their servers and then bouncing it back downstream to the recipient of the call. As a result, one app may outperform another depending on your local network, how many users are connected to it, how much data loss you are experiencing, and where that data loss is occurring (upstream or downstream). Different apps may also react differently to the noise-reduction settings on your computer or laptop. This doesn’t necessarily mean that one app is better than the other overall, but it does mean that one may outperform another, depending on your situation.
As a result, the best option for you and your reader will be the app that best suits your specific needs at the time. This requires a bit of trial and error. Because network characteristics and equipment may vary from assignment to assignment, it is best to always have a backup ready, and it is worth experimenting with various telecommunications apps to determine which one delivers the best listening experience.
Which apps do you use? Share your experiences with other members at ATSP Online.
The Legal Stuff: ATSP has not received compensation for this review. This review is not meant as a professional or organizational endorsement of any product or company. ATSP recommends that you conduct thorough research before purchasing any hardware or software for use with consumers to decide what best fits your needs.

If you would like to submit a product review of your own, please contact us.
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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