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Meechan crowned CfJ Shorthand Champion 2014


Many congratulations to Lauren Meechan, who took the Shorthand Champions League title this afternoon after a terrific final battle with Katie Palmer in front of an appreciative newsroom crowd.

Such had been the high standard of the the two gladiators over previous rounds of the competition, referee Jenny Grant decided to play the final at 110 words per minute - rather than the previously advertised 100.

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Shorthand Champions League: The live final


The keenly-anticipated live final of the Shorthand Champions League will take place at 1pm on Wednesday in the Undergraduate newsroom.

Katie 'Teeline Terminator' Palmer will take on Lauren 'WPM Wonder' Meechan in a 100wpm clash, with the Shorthand Champions League belt at stake (along with various other CfJ goodies).

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CfJ grads demonstrate their skill at TV interviews and mortar-board-throwing


Such is the reputation we have at the CfJ for producing outstanding journalistic talent, several camera crews made an instant beeline for our graduates as they filed out of Rochester Cathedral following their graduation ceremony yesterday.

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Palmer and Meechan through to Shorthand Champions League final


Pre-tournament favourite Katie Palmer survived a major scare in a classic encounter with Victoria Polley at this lunchtime's live semi-finals of the Shorthand Champions League.

Palmer crucially failed to turn over her final page of notes during transcription, meaning she missed the last four words of the passage. In the end, her total of 8 errors was just one fewer than those made by Polley in the 100wpm passage.

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Semi-Final stage of Shorthand Champions League: Live


As the inaugural Shorthand Champions League heads towards its dramatic climax, I'm delighted to announced that the semi-final stage will be a live event, in front of a raucous crowd in the main newsroom on Wednesday.

The four semi-finalists will line up at 12.30pm (during the Convergent Journalism 2 session) to do battle at 100wpm over two minutes. They will then have the usual amount of time to transcribe, and their scripts will be marked immediately so that the winners will be announced at 1pm.

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Year 1 and 2 Conference


A reminder that there is no conference for years 1 and 2 this morning on account of the Year 3 assessed newsday.

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Quarter-final deadlock sends SCL judges scurrying for the rulebook


There was nothing to separate Abigail Morris and Lauren Meechan in their thrilling Shorthand Champions League quarter final match yesterday - with both achieving perfect, error-free scores. So the judges were sent scurrying for their rulebooks to award the tie to Lauren - since she has made fewer overall errors throughout the competition.

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Year 3 project supervisors


Supervisors for Year 3 projects are set out in the table below. You should arrange to see your supervisor on a regular basis between now and the delivery of your project.

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Battle of the titans in SCL quarter final line-up


Ali v Frazier. Nicklaus v Watson. Borg v McEnroe. Now it could be time for Palmer v Norman to join the pantheon of great sporting rivalries, as the quarter-final draw for the inaugural Shorthand Champions League has served up a mouthwatering clash of two of the tournament favourites.

Katie Palmer and Alex Norman, having made just 3 errors between them in their previous four matches, will go head to head on Wednesday with a place in the semi-finals at stake.

Meanwhile bookies' outsiders Danny Rust and Ben Kosma will also do battle for a place in the semi-final line-up.

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Results - Shorthand Champions League round of 16


The results are in for yesterday's hard-fought knockout fixtures in the Shorthand Champions League. The step-up from 80wpm to 90wpm proved a challenge for some competitors, but there were some very close encounters: Lauren Meechan beat Cian Hodge by just 4 errors; and Abigail Morris saw off Jackie Gordon by a margin of 6.
Meanwhile Katie Palmer has lost her 100% record (making a single error in her victory over Abigail Nuttall) - and Alex Norman achieved a perfect score in his walkover against the absent Sheryl Goddard.
Number of errors are shown in brackets.

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