Tips & Techniques

Writers, you can still conduct interviews – here’s how

words by: Natasha Marsh
Jul 20, 2020

Like many creatives, writers are navigating the pandemic daily to understand what it means for their current projects and portfolios. Whether you write roundups, op-eds, or heavily researched original reporting – sometimes you need to talk to an expert.


Typically, pre-Rona, you would meet up with that potential expert and ask your questions in real time. But with social distance orders still in place, and numbers on the rise – conducting interviews over the phone or via video are our only options. And they’re not necessarily bad options if you have the proper tools to record and transcribe your subjects’ work.


That’s where we come in. Below you’ll find useful apps that allow you to record your calls, some even have transcribing options for an extra fee. Just don’t forget to get consent before you record. 


Rev Call Recorder (FREE)

As long as you and the recipient have a U.S. number, you can record incoming and outgoing calls freely. This is a personal favorite of mine. Most free apps eventually make you subscribe or only offer a 7-day free trial but this app allows you to record as many conversations you’d like with no subscription or hidden fees. I’ve been using it for a month straight and the sound quality is really good. And if you’re not into transcribing your own work, Rev also offers this service for $1 per minute. Professional transcribers will transcribe for superior accuracy.


TapeACall ($11/year)

If you don’t mind paying for an app, TapeACall is a great option. For just $11 a year, you can call from anywhere in the world and to any area code in the world. Post-call, the app will store all your conversations for you to download and listen to whenever you choose.


Call Recorder Pro ($5)

If opting in for a year sounds aggressive, why not go for the Call Recorder app that has options of buying 300 minutes for $10, 150 minutes for $5 or 30 minutes for $1.