The tournament will be made up of a series of head-to-head fixtures between students. It will include a Group Stage and a Knockout Stage, and will take place over approximately 6-7 weeks.


Each fixture will be a competition between two students using shorthand. Both will simultaneously take down the same 2-minute passage read out to them by a shorthand tutor. Each will then be required to transcribe the passage and upload it to the Centre for Journalism web site by 2pm on the same day. The transcriptions will be marked by the tutor, and the student who has made the fewest errors wins the fixture.

The Group Stage

A random draw will allocate competitors into groups of 4 or 5 - the precise number will depend on the overall number of competitors. Competitors in each group will play each other once in a series of head-to-head fixtures (see above). From each fixture, 3 points will be awarded for a win, 1 point each for a draw. Tables showing the results will be displayed on the web site each week.

When all fixtures in the groups have been completed, the two competitors in each group with the most points will go forward to the Knockout Stage round of 16. If there are fewer than 8 groups, the students in third place in their group who have made the fewest errors in all of their fixtures will also be put forward to the round of 16.

The Knockout Stage

Following the Group Stage, a random draw will be made to decide 8 head-to-head fixtures featuring the 16 students still in the competition. The winning student from each fixture goes through to the quarter-finals. In the event of a draw (i.e each student making the same number of errors in their transcription), the student who has made the fewest errors in the competition overall will progress.

The quarter finals and semi-finals and final will be settled in the same way, and the winner of the final will be crowned CfJ Shorthand Champion.

CfJ Shorthand Champions League Rules