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Seek out the locals and experts on your subject, on your travels, or anywhere, and talk to them. Your writing will have more authority and immediacy, as well as perhaps an interesting person to provide a scene, a story's throughline, or a soundtrack for an article's video.
PS: I've learned that Olympus, the corporation, has some difficulty supplying these recorders and London Drugs no longer carries that make. But both Best Buy and Amazon.ca have a huge selection at many price points.
How much interviewing do you do as a writer?
How do you do it?
And, what for?
August 15, 2012: I've just learned about the Sony 3-in-1 Flash Voice Recorder that's available in Canada and the US. It's regularly priced at CAD$110.00, but it's on sale at Staples for $53.00. It weighs just over two ounces (59 gms) and has a built in USB jack, mic and headphone jacks, and is compatible with both Windows and Macs. What really attracts me is that this recorder is optimized by Nuance to work with Dragon Naturally Speaking software so you can convert voice to text seamlessly. I haven't tried it, but it definitely is worth checking out if you're in the market.
August 18, 2012: I liked this recorder so much, I just bought it as a birthday present for myself!! My old Olympus is now on sale for $20.00 ...
August 23, 2012: Now sold!