Transcriber, The SpokenWeb Podcast – 1 RA Position — Jan 24, 2024


Posted: January 11, 2024

Deadline: January 24, 2024


Position Context

SpokenWeb – a SSHRC funded Partnership Grant, Principal Investigator Jason Camlot – is seeking one Concordia student research assistant to support the production of The SpokenWeb Podcast. The podcast is released monthly and showcases methods of audio-based research and/or archival literary recordings held by SpokenWeb-affiliated universities and communities across Canada. Episodes are snapshots of literary history and contemporary responses to it, including interviews, panel discussions, lectures, readings, audio essays, and other relevant sound-based forms. The podcast helps to share research discoveries about archival spoken word collections, events, and other topics concerning sound, literature and culture relevant to the SpokenWeb research network, expanding our understanding of the relationship between the fields of literary studies and sound studies. Learn more about The SpokenWeb Podcast and listen to past episodes here, https://spokenweb.ca/podcast/spokenweb-podcast/.

The SpokenWeb Podcast works in tandem with the SpokenWeb Research Network which is a research project that aims to develop and connect collections of recorded literary performances from across our international network, engaging with a broad spectrum of inquiries from pedagogy to audio signal analysis. You can find out more about SpokenWeb at its website: https://spokenweb.ca.


Who we are looking for

We are looking for a Concordia student who is eager to collaborate with the podcast team and producers to transcribe and edit transcriptions for each full-length episode (monthly) and each short episode (monthly). 

The ideal candidate will be interested in the transcription of literary recordings, oral history, and accessibility in the arts. 

The student will be an excellent editor, with a keen attention to detail when it comes to editing and formatting text. Interest in literary publishing, oral history, and exploring methods of transcription are assets, along with a proficiency in publishing software and digital publishing tools. 

The student may be an undergraduate or graduate student in any discipline, but ideally in a humanities-based discipline such as English, Communications, Journalism, History, or Fine Arts. 

The podcast focuses on literary and archival topics which brings with it interesting challenges when it comes to transcription, and often result in topics discussed during our yearly workshops.  

The work will be well suited to someone who feels comfortable working by themselves, but also enjoys connecting and collaborating virtually with a diverse cohort of academics, librarians, web developers, designers, artists, other students, and members of literary communities. Along with joining the wider community of SpokenWeb, you’ll be part of a podcast team that meets regularly online (for meetings that are fun!).

This position will be supervised by Jason Camlot (English, Concordia) and Katherine McLeod (English, Concordia) in coordination with Hannah McGregor (Publishing, SFU) and with Maia Harris (MA student in English, Concordia) as Supervising Producer of The SpokenWeb Podcast.


Description of Job Duties

The tasks of the position are related to preparing the transcription according to the SpokenWeb Transcription Style Guide, a guide found under the Resources link on the podcast website:

  • Transcribe episodes of the podcast (full episode and short episode per month) 
  • Communicate with team members in email and weekly meetings about the podcast
  • Resolve any issues that come up when audio presents a challenge in transcription in collaboration with episode producers
  • Edit previous transcriptions for accuracy and formatting
  • Contribute to the ongoing revision of the Transcription Style Guide


Salary & Eligibility

The position is open to any Concordia University undergraduate or graduate student in good standing. Rate to be determined by the Collective Agreement for 5 hours per week. The initial contract will run from the date of hire to August 1, 2024 with the possibility of renewal.





How to Apply

Send a statement of interest, including information about relevant experience, and a resume or CV to: Ben Hynes, SpokenWeb Project Manager, at ben.hynes@concordia.ca and please use the following subject line: APPLICATION – THE SPOKENWEB PODCAST


DEADLINE to apply: January 24, 2024

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