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Posted By: paulajw
Posted On: October 22, 2014

Current student Jamie Wiseman talks to ex BJW students about being nominated for an NCTJ award.

How do you pass 100 words minute shorthand? The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

 Patrick Widdess is one of two students from last year’s Brighton Journalist Works to be shortlisted for the NCTJ’s Excellence Awards 2014. His creative blog called ‘Musical Teeline’, which helps students to practice shorthand by writing the lyrics of songs, was selected for the category Multimedia story/campaign of the year. After failing the 100 words a minute short-hand exam he built the blog to help others after him conquer Teeline once and for all. Patrick, who now works as a copy editor, said, “That was a real blow at the time, but if I’d passed I’d never have got this nomination so it turned out far better than I expected.”



On the blog you can practice your vocabulary and speed to songs such as The Undertone’s ‘Teenage Kicks’, Whitney Houston’s clichéd X Factor belter ‘I Will Always Love You’, and my favourite… Bob Dylan’s rhetorical masterpiece ‘Blowing in the wind’. (I attempted a hard difficulty song today with little success) Have a go; it definitely does ease the strain of drilling Marie’s stories of vandals, hospitals and motorways. A few students this term have started sharing song lyrics on Facebook, but Patrick has taken it to the next level.


The categories in the awards include News journalism, Sports journalism, Top scoop/exclusive, Features of the year, Images of the year, and Best student publication. Rosemary Cherrington, who walked our very corridors earlier this year, was shortlisted for her News Journalism award for three stories she published in the Argus. One was coverage of the Brighton Tattoo Convention focusing on how more women than ever attended, the second was a really moving story about a mother who’d lost her daughter to a brain tumour and was setting up a charity ball for Brain Tumour Research, and the third was about how senior schools in Brighton & Hove are getting girls involved in P.E. lessons. (Links Below) Rosemary, who now works for the Telegraph, said, “It feels amazing to be shortlisted, there are so many brilliant journalism students out there that I couldn’t quite believe they picked me.”

 Rosy Cherrington

BBC’s sports presenter Dan Walker announces the winners on Monday the 27th. Hopefully these two ex-students can claim awards and fly the BJW flag. They are definitely something to aspire to… which prompts the question; can any students from this year follow in their footsteps?