Proofreading: It's More Challenging Than You Might Think!


Proofreading: It's More Challenging Than You Might Think!
Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

3/13/2014

Role and Responsibility of Proofreader's

After a transcription services project comes the proofreading. This is an essential part of the whole audio-to-text process, because it ensures the file is free from spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and inaccurate content. From the outside, proofreading may look like a simple task, but it actually requires a certain level of skill, patience and the ability to multi-task.

The Duties of a ProofreaderWhether you're a business owner or transcriptionist, it's worth focusing on the challenges to really understand the complexity of proofreading services. Here's an overview of the techniques that must be adhered to for precise content:

1. Attention and Concentration. Document formatting, spelling and punctuation must all be reviewed while the audio file is being played, therefore the individual completing the job needs to concentrate at all times. The human brain focuses on visual stimuli more than the other senses, proving how difficult the task actually is. Acute listening skills are a must, as well as a familiarity with terminology and acronyms relating to the specific topic.

2. Ability to Research. Details must be confirmed before the final piece can be turned in and to do this, research should be conducted both online and offline. The ability to do this in a short time frame is essential for a fast turnaround and client satisfaction. This research can be completed with the contextual information provided by the client at the beginning of the project.

3. Distinguishing Between Accents and Voices. Identifying the speaker amid background noise, bad audio quality and thick accents makes deciphering what was said somewhat tricky. When words are time-stamped, the proofreader will then need to spend time cross-referencing the content to guarantee correct stamping.

4. Advanced English Language Skills. Various words and phrases will be used in audio recordings, and these will be noted down by the transcriptionist. In order to comprehend what is written down, the proofreader must maintain good English language skills. These skills will help the proofreader create a smooth, flowing piece of content that is easy to understand and has a clear message.

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Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy is the President for GMR Transcription Services, Inc an Orange County, California based company that has been providing accurate and affordable transcription services since 2004. She has enjoyed success at GMR for almost ten years now and has helped the company grow. Within two years of Beth managing GMR Transcription, it had doubled in sales and was named one of the OC Business Journal’s fastest-growing private companies. Outside of work, she likes spending time with her husband and two kids.