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Take 1 Has NPR Transcription Contract

Three-year agreement covers the network’s heavy demands

From our Who’s Buying What page: NPR recently signed on with Take 1 to provide transcription services for the next three years. The contract started in January. 

“Take 1 is providing NPR with highly accurate, XML-based transcriptions for over 30 daily and weekly programs and limited series, with turnaround times ranging from a few days to just a few hours,” the supplier said in its announcement.

“The multipurpose nature of NPR’s transcripts means that accuracy and fast turnarounds are equally important to the organization.”

Transcriptions are distributed to member stations and are published on the NPR website.  

“Academic publishers also distribute the transcripts to libraries across the world where English is spoken (as well as Latin America and China) where they are made available as searchable data in research platforms that partner with NPR: LexisNexis, ProQuest, Westlaw, Dow Jones, EBSCO, Gale Cengage and Newsbank.”

Louise Tapia is CEO of Take 1.

The transcriptions also are part of NPR’s content production process and are supplied as XML to integrate with its  internal workflows.   

Laura Soto-Barra is chief of Research Archives & Data Strategy at NPR. She said the network’s transcription needs are unusual because of their volume, need for accuracy and rush deadlines, as well as specialized topics.

Take 1 is based in the United Kingdom, with U.S. offices in Los Angeles and Connecticut, and an office in Santiago, Chile.

[See Our Who’s Buying What Page]