Journalists and court reporters
Journalists often use shorthand, or develop their own methods to cut down on writing longhand, to take concise notes. Teeline shorthand, which uses specific symbols to represent words, is the widely used standard, allowing journalists to quickly write down what an interviewee is saying and then easily transcribe it onto a laptop or tablet.
Court reports are not allowed to use recording equipment or laptops when covering cases and so must be skilled at using shorthand to note down everything that is said verbatim, before typing it up on a computer. The more they used shorthand, the more words per minute they can note down.
There’s a growing body of research that shows using a laptop or tablet to take notes while speaking with someone erects a physical and mental barrier, causing distraction that can lead to key facts being missed. By using traditional note-taking techniques, journalists remain engaged while ensuring they have all the correct details for their stories.