Live Voice Writer

The National Captioning Institute
Live Voice Writer
 Chantilly, VA

We anticipate that our next training class will begin in late summer.

Available Shifts:

We have numerous shifts available, many of which include non-traditional hours. Please note that due to broadcast demands, all shifts include at least one weekend day.

The Live Voice Writer uses voice recognition technology to create broadcast-quality closed captioning for a variety of media outlets, including several major television networks. As a voice writer in training, you will develop your enunciation skills and train the software to understand and correctly interpret your voice, all with the ultimate goal of producing accurate live, real-time captions. This requires you to simultaneously respeak what you hear in a way that maximizes clarity and content. In order to develop your own knowledge of what you will hear and respeak, and to prepare the software for terms you will be using, you will spend time researching the topic of your broadcast, which could include reading about current events, verifying the correct spellings of names in the news, etc. When you are not on air or preparing to be on air, you will train on new programming genres, especially a variety of sports.


We are looking for applicants with:

  • An undergraduate degree, preferably in Communications, English, or other liberal arts discipline OR completion of training program in court reporting or captioning OR high school diploma plus three years of related (radio, television, transcription) work experience;
  • An interest in providing media access to millions of closed captioning users
  • The ability to read, write, and speak English with a native proficiency
  • A clear speaking voice and excellent enunciation skills
  • The ability to make quick judgments and work under deadlines
  • Proficiency in PC-based computer applications
  • Quick and accurate research abilities
  • The readiness to work independently, with limited supervision
  • The willingness and ability to work overtime, holidays, or as needed according to broadcast schedules

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Listen to and echo (repeat) the audio of live broadcasts;
  • Sit for extended periods of time;
  • Use computer for extended periods of time;
  • Perceive and analyze on-screen captioning information;
  • Use hands and fingers to interface with captioning software as well as Microsoft Office applications;
  • Communicate with staff, other departments, and clients via e-mail, phone, and instant message.

Why NCI?

The National Captioning Institute offers:

  • Paid  Leave/Vacation
  • Medical, dental, and vision
  • A  friendly, casual work environment
  • A structured  training program
  • Potential for limited work from home
  • The opportunity to provide a valuable service

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to