Whenever I interview people, I always use a digital recorder. Why? Because I can't do shorthand. My handwriting is too awful.
And even though I'm a pretty fast typist, I'm not fast enough to take accurate notes while the person is talking.
Accuracy is important to me, so I use a recorder. Although listening to the playback takes time, I've learned to simply listen for the quotes I want to use rather than transcribing the entire interview. It's faster that way.
That's what I did when I interviewed the leaders at several chambers of commerce around the state for Business Alabama Magazine. Read the full article here.