Ryman, the UK’s largest specialist stationery store, is to sponsor the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ award for the best shorthand performance at 110/120 words per minute.
This award is presented to the student who delivers the best shorthand note and transcription at 100% accuracy in the 110 and 120wpm exams. The student will receive a certificate and a cheque for £250.
Shorthand is a key skill for journalists, who regularly use it to take notes quickly and accurately as they cannot rely on recording devices or use them in court. It is taught on all NCTJ-accredited courses and students are encouraged to achieve the gold standard of 100wpm or more. The subject was recently covered in an episode of BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth programme that featured an interview with NCTJ chairman Kim Fletcher.
Commenting on the announcement Kim said: “The NCTJ awards recognise and reward exceptional students, and we are delighted that Ryman is supporting hard work and young talent through sponsorship of this shorthand award.”
Group chief executive for Ryman, Kypros Kyprianou said: “Journalism is both a skill and a craft. It is appropriate that Ryman sponsors this award that celebrates the talent of recording shorthand and transcribing it. More often than not, we at Ryman provide the writing materials that assist in the process.”
Since its conception in 1893, Ryman has provided stationery to generations of journalists. Ryman is also committed to supporting education. It offers students visiting the company’s 237 stores a discount of 10%. NUS Extra member students receive a discount of 12.5%.