Eight Up To Speed Journalism students took their first external shorthand exams eight weeks into their NCTJ course in Bournemouth.
They all sat the 60 words per minute exam and are working to improve their speeds before the next exams at the end of this month.
There are seventeen students in all studying shorthand on Up To Speed’s NCTJ Diploma courses leading to qualifications in Magazine, Sport and News reporting. They are aiming to pass the 100 wpm exams before their course finishes in early March.
The nine photojournalism students at Up To Speed do not take a shorthand exam as part of their diploma. This week the photojournalists have been taking sport pictures and taking part in freelance days where they complete a photographic commission for a client within a working day.