"I'm starting as a financial reporter for Dow Jones, London on 4th August. 25k a year starting wage is a little more than expected, but who am I to complain? Thanks for the support."
Richie Benson, JW Graduate, Financial Reporter, Dow Jones, London
Nikki Jones and Roxanne Armitage teach shorthand on our NCTJ course and MA Multimedia Journalism programme in partnership with the University of Sussex.
Nicki has been writing Teeline shorthand for over 20 years and is a real enthusiast. She has been teaching trainee journalists in the South East for the past ten years and has also worked with reporters from national and local press including The Times, Daily Mirror, Kent & Sussex Courier and The Argus.
Nicki, what is your style of teaching?
Relaxed and fun (with a constant eye on the end goal). Shorthand can be a hugely daunting skill to learn but a friendly atmosphere, innovative ideas, plenty of encouragement and having a laugh go a long way!
Roxanne is an experienced teacher and has taught students from a variety of backgrounds, ages and ability, as well as teaching teachers. She’s also been involved in curriculum development, quality assurance and been an external moderator for exam boards. Roxanne believes in life-long learning, and throughout her career has undertaken self-development including an MA in Curriculum Development and gained a distinction for her MBA.
Why teach shorthand?
It’s very rewarding seeing students quickly develop a new skill. Students are always amazed by their own progress and Teeline looks good! I have never taught a student who has not passed a shorthand exam!
Why learn shorthand?
It’s fun, impressive, an unforgettable experience, a meaningful skill to have. It is now a requirement in the field of journalism. Ready?!