Jeremy Caplan on Otter and AI for Journalists

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Jeremy Caplan, Director of Education for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, recently gave Otter a positive mention in a Medium post, so I emailed him. Although he had previously expressed admiration for Otter, he made it clear that he didn’t want to come off as a marketer. Still, when I caught up with him in his office, he had plenty of positive things to say about the app.

“We went from spending a dollar a minute, and waiting days to get back your transcript, to having an almost instant transcription done with quite a great degree of accuracy and with spending very little,” he said. “You may be using 600 minutes of transcription for free with Otter, and it’s a few bucks a month if you’re a teacher, or maybe $10 a month if you’re not. For those of us who rely on transcription, that seems really fair and quite affordable for the service you get.”

“What sets Otter apart is the quick and easy transcription and integrations with other recording apps…”

He also said that he envisions using it more: “Increasingly, because of the ease of use of the tool, and because of its low cost, I can pretty much justify using it for just about every meeting, so I can have a record of it and we can look back on it and search it. So that means it may be something I eventually use every day.”

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