The Sun – Graduate Programme

Location: London

Closing date: February 15th

The Sun graduate programme offers two years working in different departments across Britain’s best-selling newspaper.

The programme includes the chance to train in our London, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin offices as well as learn the craft of multi-media journalism in the following areas: News, Sport, Features, Pictures, Art, Showbiz, Sub-editing, TV and Fabulous, across all of our publishing platforms.

You will be allocated senior journalists as mentors to help with your development and will be given the opportunity to specialise in the department of your choice. To apply for this programme you will need a qualification from the NCTJ or equivalent, must have obtained shorthand at 100wpm or have a journalistic design qualification. You should also hold a current, full driving licence.

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Shorthand: Just How Important Is It?

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Shorthand notes: a familiar site for trainee journalists

By Catherine Hancock (@catherineha1991)

Most trainee journalists have a difficult relationship with shorthand at some point, and I’m one of them.

With newspapers frequently gathering their material online, I often wonder: is shorthand still needed in the newsroom?

The answer seems to be YES.

News UK’s editorial development director Graham Dudman once said that a journalist without shorthand is like a footballer without boots – “it’s not going to happen”.

“It’s essential for accurate court reporting. Without it you are a potential liability to your newspaper and we don’t want you in the newsroom.”

Ok fair point. As amazing as technology is, mobile phones or laptops sometimes don’t help if you need to get something down quickly.

If something is disputed about what you have written in court, shorthand notes are often referred back to and looked at by the judge as evidence.

Accurate shorthand notes are essential and imagine trying to keep up with what people are saying in longhand? It wouldn’t work!

Another time when shorthand is handy (sorry for the pun), is when you’re doing phone interviews. Trying to quickly scribble down or type up what the other person is saying can be stressful and you could miss an important quote.

With shorthand you can sit down and read all the information you have without worrying it didn’t record properly or you’ve accidentally deleted it.

Whichever route journalism decides to take, shorthand will always be an essential tool to have.

If you’re struggling, do shorthand with a friend, take shorthand notes down to music or the news, and make sure you do a little bit everyday.

Is shorthand still important for journalists? Join the debate on Twitter @JournoGrads or on FacebookHere’s what you’ve been saying:

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