DMU Journalism students go mobile for NCTJ shorthand

First year Single Honours journalism students are using a new app on their mobile devices to help them learn Teeline outlines and theory. 

Shorthand lecturer Linda Clark has set up a comprehensive range of flashcards on the Quizlet website, which has apps available for Android and iPhone.

Linda said: “Students can now make use of those  five minutes while waiting for another lecture to start or sitting on the bus, to go through their outlines. 

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“With shorthand, the little and often way of learning can be very effective.  Quizlet also includes a number of games and activities with the flashcards which I hope the students will find fun to use.”

Linda has also re-introduced a shorthand quiz on A3 size posters on noticeQuiz-1-FinalPoster boards and doors around the Leicester Centre for Journalism. 

“It’s another fun way for the students to engage with shorthand,” said Linda.

“And for the winner there’s a great prize featuring a lot of chocolate!”

To register on Quizlet and see the materials available, go to


Leicester residents criticise Cameron’s airstrike plans


Leicester residents have spoken out against David Cameron’s airstrike debate in parliament this Wednesday.

The issue will see MPs vote on whether to commence airstrikes against Syria.

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Leicester residents have their say in the city – click here to hear their views 

Mark Hunt, Retail Assistant, 29, said: “It makes me nervous to think that we are retaliating in such a way that it would make ISIS even more angry.”

Amie Chapman, Deputy President of Education at De Montfort Student Union also criticises Cameron’s plans.

“We have to make sure that it is a multi-facetted approach because terrorism isn’t something you can just solve over night.”

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However, Mike Phillips, Retired Carpet Department Manager, 78, says: “If we do go in and strike, drop bombs and kill people, the ISIS will probably retaliate.

“On the other hand, if we don’t join the forces and make a collation and do our part in trying to wipe out the IS then we shall be frowned upon by the other members who are going in.”