Teeline Shorthand

 

Outlines by permission of the Teeline Partnership.

Teeline shorthand is taught as part of the MA Radio course. The training is carried out using official Teeline textbooks and a teacher of longstanding experience.

 

Welcome to the Teeline Shorthand Journalism page. This is an accompanying resource for the Teeline course provided to MA Journalism and MA Radio Students in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College.

On these web pages you get basic advice on how to learn the system, Real Audio sound files and graphics for exercises.

We have provided a teaching structure so that you practice with the vocabulary and style of spoken English which is relevant for the practice of modern journalism.

Teeline is a shorthand system which depends on a combination of 'short term' memory and written outlines that are derived mainly from consonants. Vowels are hardly ever indicated. It is a very useful skill in all areas of journalistic practice. It aids accuracy. It builds confidence in your own professionalism. It generates trust with your interviewees. It increases the speed and efficiency of your reporting. It widens your career opportunities since shorthand writing reporters are more likely to be given the responsibility of covering sensational and newsworthy trials, enquiries and tribunals.

The alphabet is based on outlines which use the minimum of effort in writing strokes, are similar to traditional handwriting and move in a left to right motion.

In order to acquire and develop this skill you will need to work and practice at it for between 20 and 30 minutes each day. It has to be a daily practice because bunching it all up into 1 day at the end of a week will not be effective.

I recommend using a reporter's notebook with lined pages. Use a pencil, biro or fountain pen with a thin nib and which has a smooth run over the surface of the paper. You also need to make a margin on the left of about 2 to 3 inches in which you make your Teeline outlines. The other side of the page (on the right) is used for transcribing your shorthand into longhand.

Follow the sound drills that come with the Teeline character outlines and practice using the sound and graphics in this resource.

I start you with slow and memorable quotations which introduce new shortcuts and special outlines for commonly used words and gradually you will build up to trying out entire passages.

Because the audio files are always here you can go back to the drills and practice passages and with daily practice you will be on your way to having a very useful skill.

 

Listen to all the following Real Audio files and practice the exercises:

AUDIO FILE 1

AUDIO FILE 2

AUDIO FILE 3

AUDIO FILE 4

AUDIO FILE 5

AUDIO FILE 6

AUDIO FILE 7

AUDIO FILE 8

AUDIO FILE 9

AUDIO FILE 10

AUDIO FILE 11

 

Now have a look at the graphic versions to see how you did.

 

We also have a transcript of all the sound files in case you're having difficulty with the Real Audio.

 

More drills - longer passages to test your Shorthand skills

 

For your essential Teeline for Journalists guide, written specifically with your needs in mind, visit the website at www.heinemann.co.uk/Teelineforjournalists.