Good work: Matthew wins shorthand award

A journalism student who managed 100 words per minute without any errors has also bagged his 120wpm certificate.

Matthew Chandler, a second-year student at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)’s Leicester Centre for Journalism, was presented with an award from the Society of Editors.

The award was presented to Matthew by Nick Owen, host of BBC Midlands Today.

Matthew said: “Shorthand has always come naturally to me, but I was very pleased to win this award and the £250 wasn’t half bad either.”

Matthew was chosen for the award from hundreds of students who currently study on the NCTJ programmes across the country.

So, how does 120wpm compare?

Well Alistair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former press secretary, claims to have once had a 120wpm Teeline up his sleeve and speeds of up to 180wpm have been recorded using Teeline shorthand.

 

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