Some students ask my advice on shorthand.  I’m not a good judge of this question.

I squibbed-out of learning shorthand when I was a cadet journalist in the 1960s.

I wish I HAD learned it.

But after five decades in journalism (1961-2011)  I can honestly say that not having had shorthand skills never held me back from getting or doing a job.

You be the judge in your own case.

Shorthand is mighty handy.

But incidentally . . .

When you see a media conference on TV, notice how every journalist is holding up a tiny recorder?

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