School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature


Shorthand is a system of writing which uses symbols (known as ‘outlines’) to replace the normal letters of the alphabet.  It works by reducing words down to a ‘skeleton’ by removing unnecessary letters and by joining shorthand outlines together to produce phrases. Teeline is the shorthand system used by Journalists.

Why is shorthand important?

Shorthand is a key employability skill for Journalists.  Many potential employers will not consider applications for a job in Journalism unless you have 100wpm shorthand.

It is essential for the speedy and accurate recording of interviews, court and council proceedings, as well as general newsgathering. An accurate shorthand note is admissible as evidence in court.  Digital voice recorders cannot be used in court.

Learning shorthand at Portsmouth

We teach shorthand in an innovative way, using a mixture of online and real-world techniques to help you reach (or surpass) the industry standard of transcribing 100 words per minute.

See what Teeline Shorthand looks like

Shorthand example

Hello and welcome!  This is an example of Teeline shorthand.  It may seem like just a bunch of odd shapes to you, but Teeline is both fun and simple to learn.  If you practice every day, you will be an expert very quickly!


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