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New web tools and services to help reporters

I just used ODesk to get some transcriptions done. It was the first time I’ve used a web service to outsource work like that. The turnaround time wasn’t as short as I would have liked. It took a little time to set up, send the job out to bid, and cull through the applicants. (I had to take some time to think about whether to keep the job in the US or use overseas contractors, for example.) Maybe now that I’ve got my account set up it will be faster next time…

But  I’d love to hear advice or experiences from other folks about using any of the new technologies or web services for tasks like this. Are there any automatic transcription services that work well? Are there any other web job-bidding services you prefer? What’s the best/fastest/cheapest?

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