After we have finished a listening session, JT and I go through a detailed editing process to determine what, if anything, might be shared with the public. In these freeform and open conversations, there is great creative power as well as some private information shared. We work with the speaker to determine how much of their message they'd like to share.
Editing a trypical transcript looks something like this:
Edit for Content and Public View
We do a thorough check of the raw text itself, looking for place names, people, or sensitive stories that should be removed.
Collaborate with the Speaker
We work together with the speaker to edit the page for privacy and readability. This is detail work.
We then work closely with the speaker to make sure that the emerging transcript stays true to the original message, while respecting privacy.
Edit for Readability
We scour the transcript from top to bottom so we can complete unfinished sentences.
Make it User-Friendly
We decode Quaker terms and proper nouns that are mentioned in the conversation, providing a working definition for each one.