You all already know how seriously we take shorthand here at the Centre for Journalism. It matters to us because it matters to the people who hire journalists - and they tell us so regularly.

So this year, we'll be introducing a variety of sticks and carrots to encourage more of our excellent students to get themselves across the Gold Standard 100wpm threshold.

The first of these is the CfJ Shorthand Champions League, a competition we confidently expect to become as famous as its UEFA football equivalent.

Year 2 and 3 students will be the first to compete. The tournament will begin with a group stage, followed by a series knockout fixtures. In each 'fixture' you will be competing head-to-head against one of your fellow students to be the most accurate at transcribing a 2-minute passage. The student that makes the fewest mistakes wins. Group stage fixtures will generally take place during your Wednesday shorthand session.

Full details of the tournament - including the lavish silverware and prizes on offer - will be published here next week, along with the full draw showing which group you are in.

Year 1 and MA students will compete in their own tournaments next term.

Good luck.

And May The Outlines Be With You.


As we know, the Champions League anthem is integral to creating the right atmosphere ahead of a match. I don't think I would be alone in thinking there should be a pre-lesson tune to inspire the new troops!

Marvin Gaye's I Heard It On The Tee-Line?

Rob is a lecturer in reporting and writing at the Centre for Journalism

I Walk The (Out)Line by the man in black himself, Johnny Cash.

And I think we should get Dean to sing it. I hear he has a lovely voice.

Ian Reeves is head of the Centre for Journalism

The only song you would want to hear my voice on is Apache by The Shadows.

Introducing the CfJ Shorthand Champions League