View all newsletters
Sign up for our free email newsletters

Fighting for quality news media in the digital age.

  1. News
November 2, 2016

NCTJ chairman: ‘We are not going to drop shorthand, we are going to give people a choice’

By Dominic Ponsford

The chairman of the National Council for the Training of Journalists has defended plans to make shorthand optional for students on some of the courses it accredits.

Chairman of the training body Kim Fletcher told Radio 4’s Today programme: “We are not going to drop shorthand, we are going to give people a choice.”

He added: “We’ve fought for years against quite a lot of opposition to keep shorthand.” But he said that the “whole world of journalism is changing so quickly” and “lots of journalists are going to need to do different things working for new media organisations”.

He said: “If you want to be a social media journalist than maybe you can get through without shorthand…

“Our job at the National Council for the Training of Journalists is all about standards. We need journalism to have certain standards. We are not abandoning standards, we are saying there are certain jobs in journalism that perhaps in future you can do without shorthand.”

Shorthand, along with public affairs, is to become an optional module in NCTJ courses starting later this year. But the NCTJ has said that 100 words per minute remains obligatory for journalists planning to focus on news.

The other proposed “elective” NCTJ modules are: media law court reporting, broadcast journalism, PR and communications, business and finance journalism, video journalism for online, photography for journalism, sports journalism, production journalism, business of magazines.

Content from our partners
<a></a>Key ways to futureproof your media career as journalism job cuts bite deep
Slow online ads cost UK publishers £50m a year: Here's how to fix them
Mather Economics and InsurAds combine to help publishers boost revenue

The core (compulsory) NCTJ modules as proposed are:

  • essential journalism (finding and telling stories)
  • essential journalism e-portfolio
  • essential journalism ethics and regulation
  • essential media law and regulation.

Topics in this article : , ,

Email to point out mistakes, provide story tips or send in a letter for publication on our "Letters Page" blog

Select and enter your email address Weekly insight into the big strategic issues affecting the future of the news industry. Essential reading for media leaders every Thursday. Your morning brew of news about the world of news from Press Gazette and elsewhere in the media. Sent at around 10am UK time. Our weekly does of strategic insight about the future of news media aimed at US readers. A fortnightly update from the front-line of news and advertising. Aimed at marketers and those involved in the advertising industry.
  • Business owner/co-owner
  • CEO
  • COO
  • CFO
  • CTO
  • Chairperson
  • Non-Exec Director
  • Other C-Suite
  • Managing Director
  • President/Partner
  • Senior Executive/SVP or Corporate VP or equivalent
  • Director or equivalent
  • Group or Senior Manager
  • Head of Department/Function
  • Manager
  • Non-manager
  • Retired
  • Other
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
Thank you

Thanks for subscribing.

Websites in our network