Journalism on the MTurk

Wow, Andy Baio explains how he used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk program to transcribe an an audio interview. The interview was transcribed in less than three hours for $15.40. He also gives a step-by-step description of how he posted his work request.

That’s pretty innovative. Anybody else using Mechanical Turk for journalism related “Human Intelligence Tasks?”

Another attractive looking service that was mentioned in the comments is Anybody got feedback on that service?

Mechanical Turk is not without its criticisms.

(via Mark Schaver)


  1. I actually did some work transcribing audio interviews on MTurk last year. One was an interview a journalist did with Rob Curley for a book. Stopped doing it because the pay was so low.

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