Ban the shorthand requirement

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The requirement by regional newspapers and media companies that journalists should have shorthand is preventing people like myself, with disabilities like cerebral palsy, from working in the profession, despite having decades of experience.

The situation has been highlighted by the case of Scotsman Kyle Gunn, who was eventually allowed to enter journalism after representations from politicians, after it became clear that his cerebral palsy made it impossible for him to do a shorthand test.

The only solution is an outright ban on the shorthand requirement, and an insistence that newspapers accept applicants' own form of note taking, provided they are able to take accurate notes.