Trint provides solid transcription service

When I was completing my research for my master’s degree from the University of Missouri, I had hours of interviews that I needed to transcribe. I tried to hire a college student to do it, but he didn’t think he had the time. I certainly didn’t want to go through the tedious work either, so I started looking around at my options.

That’s when I stumbled upon Trint.

The company was founded by Jeff Kofman, an Emmy-winning reporter, foreign correspondent and war correspondent, and the service it provides is transcription. Specifically, according to Trint’s website, the service is “[a] text-based toolkit for transcribing, searching, editing and sharing media content online.”

In short, you can upload your audio file from your interview, and in minutes it gives you a text transcript of the audio. It is time coded and can be edited in your favorite Internet browser. Once you have a transcript you are happy with, you can download it as a Word Document or other file type.

It’s a lifesaver!

Sure, I had to go through and clean things up a bit, especially if my source and I talked over each other. However, the time it saved is mind boggling.

So I was happy to pay the advertised price of $15 per hour.

As a researcher, this tool is great, but it also has wonderful implications for journalists. With journalism being a deadline-driven industry, time is important. The traditional method of transcription, which involves listening to and re-listening to audio until a verbatim transcript is produced takes too long. This is where Trint shines. It is fast and effective, requiring only minimal corrections if the audio is clear.

The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism, tested Trint against other top transcription services and found Trint to be the best option due to a combination of “functionality, accuracy and ease of use.”

Wired also reviewed the service and found it to be “amazing.”

There is an iOS app for Trint, and there is a Adobe Premier Pro plugin to allow captions for videos.

I can’t say enough positive about Trint, and I look forward to showing it to my students this year. It is a wonderful tool for journalists.

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Todd R. Vogts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Journalism Education Association (JEA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), among others. He earned his Master Journalism Educator (MJE) certification from JEA in 2022. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at or via his website at