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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Ben Falk: new recruit to Coventry

Ben Falk: new recruit to Coventry

Coventry's rise up the university league tables has astonished many in academia. Positioned at 15, it ranks well above Birmingham, York, Edinburgh and many other 'old' universities. New recruit, Ben Falk, explains the transition from London Met to starting as senior lecturer in the journalism department and discusses the challenges ahead. There’s few things more nerve-wracking on your first day at a new job than sitting in an all-staff meeting. Looking around the room, seeing people reminiscing about their summer, glance furtively at the notes they’ve scribbled down on the train or just shovel a sandwich into their mouths before it all kicks off. You don’t bring a sandwich in case some mayonnaise ends up on your freshly-ironed shirt. But as the meeting progresses, it soon becomes apparent that regardless of the institution, the same concerns, goals and desires remain. What do the students need? Are they getting it? How can we provide it for them? How do we improve ourselves? Moving to Coventry...
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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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