The shorthand debate goes global – almost

May 22, 2008

Martin Stabe’s popular blog at the Press Gazette in the UK is carrying some interesting comments on the shorthand debate. Martin also links to another blog where the debate is also live.

Martin Stabe on shorthand

Charlie Beckett on shorthand

Charlie’s post ends with a nice line:

Those of us who have shorthand like to think that it is vital, but is it any more important than an ability to type fast enough for Twitter?

Responses to my posts on shorthand

May 1, 2008

I thought it might be worthwhile getting this thread back onto the frontpage here. For some reason, which I don’t know, but which delights me, a whole bunch of staff from the New Zealand Herald have decided to comment on my “Who’s still teaching shorthand” post of a few weeks back.

I’ve also collated some responses that have come in to my email from colleagues in Australia. Not sure why they haven’t just dropped them here, but perhaps they’re still not comfortable with blogging (LOL) Read the rest of this entry »

The new journalism syllabus?

April 13, 2008

I was pleased a couple of days ago to see a good debate on Mindy McAdam’s excellent Teaching Online Journalism blog. When you read through the entry and the response comments it’s easy to see that journalism educators are struggling with what should be in a 21st century journalism curriculum.

On the positive side, there’s some interesting and useful suggestions being made and some neat stuff being trialled in various journalism schools. The generosity of those who are willing to share what are, essentially, trade secrets is laudable.

I’m not going to repeat all the suggestions and advice here, but I thought an annotated aggregation of the links might be useful. Read the rest of this entry »

Who’s still teaching shorthand?

March 8, 2008

Here in New Zealand all journalism schools require students to be proficient in T-line Shorthand at around 60-80 wpm before they can graduate.

The shorthand requirement is mandated by the NZ Journalists Training Organisation (JTO) as a Unit Standard for the qualification the National Diploma in Journalism. The diploma is a level 5 qualification, the equivalent to the first year of a university degree.

The question for me is this: Is shorthand still the most effective method of capturing quotes and notes? Then there’s the follow up: Who’s going to pay for it being taught in our universities and polytechs? Read the rest of this entry »