I’m a huge fan of McFly but Tom Fletcher, singer and guitarist, has annoyed me today.
It’s all because of this story about a disabled student who’s been told he would not be able to pass a Scottish journalism qualification as he is unable to do shorthand.
I get the uproar about this. I think that Kyle should be able to get a qualification – just perhaps with the caveat on it that it does not include shorthand, since employers will otherwise assume that his certificate will encompass that too.
He’s a teenager with cerebal palsy and journalism desperately needs more diversity, not less, so give him a chance to cut his reporting chops and get a slightly altered qualification. We don’t want to keep a good journalist out of the field just because of shorthand.
But that’s not what’s spurred me on to write this blog. Tom Fletcher chipped in with this:
“I can’t even remember the last time I saw a journalist use shorthand,” he said.
Well that’s probably because you haven’t been to a court hearing or a council meeting recently.