The winner of the NCTJ’s award for the best shorthand performance at 110/120wpm, sponsored by Ryman, was presented with his prize at the Glasgow branch of the stationery store on Monday.
Colin Stone, a student from Glasgow Caledonian University, received his award from Ryman area manager, Tony Brown.
Commenting on his win, Colin said: “I’m amazed and delighted to have won this award – it came as quite a shock! I really enjoyed learning shorthand and it’s such a handy skill to have. I think shorthand is essential for any journalist and I really hope it continues to be taught in universities across the country.”
Colin won the award for delivering the best shorthand note and transcription at 100% accuracy in the 110wpm exam. He received a certificate and a cheque for £250.
Tony said, “Journalism is both a skill and a craft and Colin has excelled. We are very glad to sponsor this award which celebrates the talent of recording shorthand because our stores provide the writing materials that assist in the process.”
BBC Scotland investigations editor Marcus Ryder, who attended the recent accreditation visit to Glasgow Caledonian University, also attended the presentation and said: “Shorthand is a really essential skill for journalists in any media and it’s great to be able to come here and celebrate what Colin has achieved.”
Colin’s shorthand tutor at Glasgow Caledonian, Eleanor Bryans added: “Colin has worked very hard to achieve this high speed with such accuracy and I am very proud of his achievement. I know he will find this invaluable skill of great use to him in his future career in journalism.”
Left to right; Eleanor Bryans (Glasgow Caledonian University), Tracy Macdonald (Ryman store manager), Marcus Ryder, Colin Stone, Tony Brown and Angela McGill (Ryman).