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Speeding Up the Writing Process: Transcribing App, Temi, Gives Time Back to Journalists

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Speeding Up the Writing Process: Transcribing App, Temi, Gives Time Back to Journalists

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The least alluring part of our industry is arguably transcribing. On average, journalists spend six hours a week transcribing audio. Jason Chicola, founder of Rev. com, reminds E&P that this adds up to about two lost business months. Instead of allowing this to be the norm, Chicola and his team (including PhD speech scientists, MIT engineers and product managers) sought a better answer and created Temi, an automated speech recognition engine that transcribes audio to text in just minutes. Chicola serves as the company's cofounder and CEO.

Temi's average turnaround time for a transcript is 1 to 5 minutes for a 0 to 30 minute-length file and 10 to 13 minutes for a 90 to 120 minute-length file, and costs 10 cents a minute.

Currently, Temi only works with the English language, but the company hopes to expand to more languages in the future. The platform can, however, work with almost any type of audio or video file.

Temi can be used a few ways, and the website is a one-stop-shop for all of Temi's features. Users can upload audio or video files or even drop in a link and Temi will return the transcript within minutes via email. Users can also edit, fine-tune and highlight important parts with the editor tool. Also available is the Temi app that allows users to record, store and submit files to be transcribed.

The online service was created in May 2017, and it was formally launched a month and a half later. A mobile app was launched in August 2017. …

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