C.A.T.S Reflection – History of Journalism

During, the recent session of CATS I was introduced to some useful background information of journalism. This information is imperative as these were the key milestone in the history of print and digital Journalism. Just from the lesson, I learnt just how far Journalism has come and now we see the more modern society ways of doing things. It all dates back to the Ancient Rome era, were they used ‘Hieroglyphs symbols’ Then we see that the invention of print presses where introduced, then we move on to todays society were we see mass media formats, like Broadsheets, Tabloid’s and online data. I found the history interesting as it shows that things have changed but still follow the same characteristics as the very early forms of journalism.

In todays society we see that print journalism is slowly getting taken over by the online market, this is because technology is much more advanced and it’s a more modern and sometimes faster way of sourcing the data. I do believe that print is still an incredibly important part of todays society and still has a very large audience. I personally like to hold a newspaper as it feels more satisfying. I can read it whilst chilling out. Newspaper I think will always play a part in society in years to come as it is a generational thing. It gets passed down from generations by parents and grandparents.

Our major presentation at the end of semester is based on a milestone we find interesting and one which has helped to shape journalism to what we know now. I will pick one milestone and focus on that specific area. From this session it gives me ideas into what I could focus my assignment towards. I do wonder were journalism we be in many years to come.

Shorthand- Second Session

In this session, I discovered that each letter in shorthand represents some common words. This allows journalist to save time when making notes. As a group we went through each letter identifying what the commons words that can be associated with each one. In the image below it shows what words match each letter. This information is really useful as it will help me to become quicker at making notes and overall make me a better practitioner of shorthand. We also went through some basic joining of letters.

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Photo source: Taken by Me


Shorthand – First Session

In my first session of shorthand, we where introduced to why and how it is important for Journalists to have the skills of shorthand, this will allow them to save time when making notes. A good example is in a court, as you cannot take a voice recording just notes. Shorthand is really useful and helps to save time and effort. Over the next year i will learn how to write in shorthand as it will definitely come in handy when becoming a sports journalist. It will help me to make notes quicker as i am not the quickest of writers. Hopefully, the sessions will help me to gain speed when making notes and will open my eyes to other possibilities rather than you writing everything out in full.

Within, the first session we were introduced to ‘The Teeline Alphabet’. We had to learn each letter then drill it over and over again. I think shorthand is really repetitive but thats how it sinks in.

Photo source: Taken by Me

Photo source: Taken by Me