David Baines – An outline argument for dropping shorthand

David Baines – An outline argument for dropping shorthand

I have never heard anyone demanding that, we teach our students how to use an em-rule, sizing wheel and font book before we let them get to grips with InDesign or QuarkXpress. Or that before they learn how to record and edit video, they should learn to shoot, develop and print 35mm film - and edit it with a razor blade. But it remains an article of faith for some in journalism education and in parts of the industry that, even in the digital age, they must be taught shorthand, says David Baines. [Image - Roger H. Goun / Flickr] In an interview on the BBC’s Today Programme a few years ago, the NCTJ’s chair Kim Fletcher said that beyond its practical implications, ‘the notion of learning shorthand - I think it demonstrates a real dedication to the craft. And it means in a day when so many people are jumping up blogging, calling themselves journalists. You go and take the...
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Journalism students cover #GE2015

Journalism students cover #GE2015

Journalism students used Periscope, Skype and Whats App to broadcast live from election counts across the UK. Birmingham City, Bournemouth, Leeds Beckett, Salford, Sunderland, Westminster and Winchester were among the universities who had journo students covering election night. Brunel journalism students were perhaps the luckiest of the lot with the Uxbridge and South Ruislip count occurring on campus. BJTC accredited courses shared multimedia content (search #BJTC for examples) and did live two-ways via a dedicated election hub. Sky and ITV recruited students from journalism courses to help out with their broadcasts.   Thank you to our 116 #bjtc reporters at counts and the hundreds back in newsrooms for helping with our Election Hub! pic.twitter.com/ygxAAWTMy0 — BJTC (@BJTC_UK) May 8, 2015 A lot can be done using cheap or free apps and many universities experimented with mobile journalism. As always, the main problem is access to bandwidth (mobile broadband and wifi) which was a key challenge at some election counts. A few highlights: In no particular order.... Your Election 15...
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New site for EU student scholarships

We have been notified of a non-profit EU-funded student finance portal European Funding Guide (www.european-funding-guide.eu). The platform helps students in 16 EU countries access more than 12,000 scholarship programs and other forms of financial aid, worth a total of 27 billion Euros. Financial difficulties are still the number one reason for students aborting or never even starting a higher education course and this new portal aims to help. The portal has researched and categorized over 12,000 scholarships, grants and awards across the whole EU worth more than 27 billion Euros per year. The platform is completely free of charge and can be used by students at the bachelor, masters and doctoral level. The site also includes information about scholarships (for example, the most common myths, such as:  not all scholarships are granted on a merit or need-base) with the help of currently more than 6,880 supporters....
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