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Shorthand (Postgraduate)

  • Module code: JO7004
  • Year: 2018/9
  • Level: 7
  • Credits: 0
  • Pre-requisites: None
  • Co-requisites: None


All students on the MA Journalism course study Teeline shorthand, and the module is also available to those studying MA Magazine Journalism. Shorthand is an extremely useful skill for journalists, and one prized by employers: it generates trust with interviewees and increases the speed and efficiency of reporting. You will be taught Teeline, which uses written outlines derived from consonants, by a teacher of longstanding experience; the aim is to reach a speed of 100 words per minute (wpm) by the end of the course.

Shorthand exams at 60, 80 and 100 wpm, count towards the NCTJ diploma.


  • to develop students' ability to take down an accurate shorthand note and to transcribe their shorthand
  • to build on these skills to develop the use of shorthand in accurate reporting

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • take an accurate shorthand note at up to 100 words per minute
  • transcribe their shorthand accurately into English
  • use their shorthand working as reporters to take accurate notes at interviews, press briefings, courts and councils

Curriculum content

Teeline shorthand at up to 100 wpm

Teaching and learning strategy

Shorthand will be taught in practical workshops of up to two hours. The focus is on practical acquisition of Teeline skills, with an emphasis on theory in the initial weeks of the course. Thereafter the emphasis will be on building up speed and accuracy with support from the tutor.

Breakdown of Teaching and Learning Hours

Definitive UNISTATS Category Indicative Description Hours
Scheduled learning and teaching Workshop 5 hours (not for credit)
Total (number of credits x 10) 0

Assessment strategy

Students will take the examinations of the course's accrediting body, the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Elements of Assessment

Description of Assessment Definitive UNISTATS Categories Percentage
Total (to equal 100%) 100%

Achieving a pass


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