Shorthand prize winners named

Speed and accuracy were celebrated at the NCTJ’s Shorthand Seminar in London on Friday (5 June), as the annual shorthand prize winners were named.

Chine Mbubaegbu won the prize for best shorthand note and transcription at 100 wpm. She completed her preliminary Certificate in Journalism at Highbury College, finishing in February 2008.

Currently a reporter for the Reading Post, she is moving on this month to edit the Crown Prosecution Service magazine in London. She said: “It was a lovely surprise, winning the award. Shorthand is an invaluable tool for a reporter and I would be lost without it. I thoroughly enjoyed learning it at Highbury and had a fantastic teacher -
Sheila Mutch.”

Presenting the prize for the best shorthand note and transcription at 120 wpm, Kim Fletcher said shorthand was just as essential for broadcasters, with this prize winner now undertaking various freelance assignments for Sportsbeat, Setanta and Eurosport.

Jo Carter completed the fast-track course at News Associates in London, finishing in February 2009.

She said: “I'm delighted to have won the award. It's a real honour and I would like to thank my shorthand tutor Angela Catto, who helped me reach 100wpm in just over three months, and gave me a huge amount of support.”

Each wins a certificate and £250.