Capture all the details and every quote in interviews by taking notes with a type of shorthand that's easy to decipher later. This 9-page handout contains a shorthand method based on Speedwriting, adapted by Barbara Florio Graham over many years as a professional journalist. Tips on how and when to use a tape recorder are also included. $10. postpaid.
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The problems with conventional shorthand, particularly Gregg, is that it takes a long time to learn, and unless you use it daily, you can forget the special symbols. Pitman is a bit easier, as many of the symbols are based on actual words, but it still requires a learning curve and practice.
Speedwriting is based on the way words sound. This phonetic approach makes it the most accurate to decipher, which is especially important for journalists who need to capture quotations with complete accuracy. Florio-Graham has adapted this method to make it quick and easy for writers to begin to use, and comfortable to modify according to your needs.