Mobile Journalism Certificate Course

MOJO: Shoot and edit iPhone & Android video like a pro.

This course is used by academics and HR departments to provide certificate training programs in mobile journalism for students and professionals.

The curriculum here is the same one used by reporters at The New York Times, CNN, BBC, VRT, TVN, 24SATA, Channel News Asia, and in our workshops.

This course is a world-class offering backed up by years of social proof, feedback and continuous improvement. It is the state of the art.

This course features details video tutorials that teach you the best methods to quickly produce social video and mobile journalism.

What will the course cover?

  • How to record and edit high-quality video
  • How to tell your story with pictures
  • How to produce professional quality video interviews
  • How to produce interactive images that include Web links and audio
  • The most practical apps and essential gear for getting broadcast quality results
If you tell stories for a living or teach storytelling skills, this course is for you.

What will I learn by the end of the course?

  • Gain hands-on experience with many storytelling techniques for creating snackable and shareable visual content for mobile consumers.
  • Participate in exercises that involve visual story planning, visually-led reporting techniques and writing to pictures.
  • Have a comprehensive view of how field reporters can create a wide range of multimedia content and how to organize workflows to take full advantage of this capability.
  • How to quickly produce video for Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Youtube, and Snapchat audiences.
"I am a senior at Notre Dame in a Multimedia Journalism class with Len Clark and I found this course to be extremely helpful and interesting! Definitely many tools that I can utilize in my future career!" — Elizabeth Carson

Enroll now!

Video is a powerful language that engages with mobile audiences.

Mastering visual storytelling is one of the smartest investments you will ever make.

All you will need is your phone . . . and this course.

Visual storytelling literacy is the foundation skill that resonates in a world dominated by small screens and short attention spans.

This course will teach you everything you need to know how to make social video with the video camera you already have - your mobile phone.
From live video to short-form stories - social media offers a new creative landscape for reporters and storytellers.

You will learn to:

  • Make high-quality video interviews
  • Write and record a great script
  • Broadcast a live video report
  • Plan and produce short form video

Quickly shoot, edit and share video content from anywhere.
Produce quick-hit visual content for chat apps and social media
In this foundation course, you will get step-by-step guidance about the styles and production methods for producing more than 10 types of video stories.
Social video is the most effective way to reach mobile millennials.

  • Posts with videos attract 3 times more inbound links than plain text posts.
  • Viewers are 85 percent more likely to purchase a product after watching a video
  • 79 percent of internet traffic will be video content by 2018.
  • Online video revenue is growing at 110 percent annually. More than any form of advertising.
  • Content with relevant images gets 94 percent more views than content without.
Social video allows your news stories, sponsored content, brand messaging, and native advertising to travel across social media channels and chat app platforms, with your branding and message intact.
What will I learn?

When a story breaks right in front of your eyes, you reach for video camera in your pocket.
This course will teach you what to do next so that you can use your smartphone to its full potential.
The lessons in this course were developed from the experiences of training thousands of broadcast journalists how to tell stories with their mobile phones.
You will learn how to use visually-led approaches that improve your reporting and your stories.

“Excellent content, very well presented.” — Leah Dodrill

This course will help you:

  • Combine charts, maps and title cards into a video
  • Make a video clip from photos
  • Edit video rushes on deadline
  • Storyboard a documentary-style video
  • Record smooth video
  • Manage video files between apps
  • Add sound bites to photos
  • Record voice over narration
  • Film in shot sizes and patterns
  • Use the best apps for video
  • Perform simple, but powerful video editing
  • Compress time with sequences
  • Edit audio tracks in iMovie
  • Edit voice-over narration
  • Write a great script
  • Storyboard a short video report
  • Organize visual elements into a video story
  • Produce interactive photo reports
The instructor is a journalism professor who knows how to take reporters through the steps of making mobile multimedia stories.

This course features clear guidance on apps, mics, lights and other gear that will instantly improve all of the video you make with a mobile device.

It also introduces the building blocks and processes for planning, filming and editing video stories.
Important information before you enroll.

  • Take this course, risk-free. It is backed by a 30 day money-back guarantee, full refund, no questions asked.
  • Once enrolled, you have unlimited lifetime access to the course
  • You will have instant access to all updates added to the course
  • Take a free preview and be assured of the lecture quality
  • No previous video production experience is required.

"Robb is very clear and straightforward in his teaching, and I appreciate the way his lectures are backed up with slide or text reviews. Production quality is professional. Highly recommended!” – Stephen Box

I encourage you to take this course now.

Intended Audience: journalists, journalism students, freelance videographers, journalism educators

Basic Mojo kit
How to film video
Settings for Filmic Pro
Settings for MoviePro
When to film at 25 fps.mov
iPhone video apps
Links to iPhone apps
Android video apps
Links to Android apps
Can you tell a story in 30 seconds?
A Story in 30 seconds
Analysis: What did you actually see?
Shot sizes and sneaker zoom
The six-shot pattern
Exercise - Six Shot Pattern
The 180 degree rule
Edit a short video with this free app
Quickly edit a silent, square video (Android and iOS)
Edit video on Android, Windows Phone or iPhone with this app
Add text subtitles to video (iOs, Android, Windows)
Add a watermark logo
Interactive photos
Add soundbites to photos and share on social media
AJ+ Case study for mobile journalism
SFS 5 Pyramids social video.mov
VIDEO: A narrated quick hit video
How to Tweet a video clip from your camera roll
Filming the shots
1: Edit photos and clips into a visual sentence
2: Manage audio tracks
3: Add text layers
4: Create a title card
5. Add more visuals
Example: Final kinogram news story
Exercise: Make a silent video
Kinograms are silent movies
Kinogram stock market
Kinograms on social media
VIDEO: AJ+ on Facebook
Make animated text kinograms
DEMO: Make a Kinogram with Quik
Update replay is now called Quik
EXERCISE: make a Kinogram
Small Microphones
Stick Mics
Power Bank
Narrative motion vs. camera motion
When slo motion works
Slo motion examples
Eye Level
Look space
Interview Kit
The Trust Bubble
Pre-interview checklist
Interview questions
Tips from a TV pro - Carol Marin
CASE STUDY: Video story told entirely with sound bites
Intro: The personality profile
VIDEO - Graffiti walk
How to film and edit a personality profile scene
EXERCISE: Personality profile
The TV network that went 100% MOJO
Framing the standup
Types of standups
Sample gear
Example of standup - The calorie walk
Export Clips from Filmic Pro
Log and Capture
Build a shot list
Video editing in iMovie
J cuts in iMovie
Compressing time with a sequence
Turn photos into a video clip
Crop to a square video
Writing to Pictures- Master lesson
Script formats and writing style
Script writing tips
Recording Voice-over narration
Audio edits in iMovie
A digital mic for clean voice-overs
Graphics yes or no?
Title Cards intro
Title cards and lower thirds
Make animated titles
Intro to graphics
Make a chart
Add a map
Combine maps charts and title cards
Custom graphics text
How journalists are live streaming
Live on Facebook
Getting started
Live video quality
What are you seeing?
Live demo
Metrics, replays and followers
Saving video
Breaking news live
CASE STUDY: Live from a fire scene
Live from a protest march
ANALYSIS: What went right? What went wrong?
Gear for livestreaming
Minimum kit
This is the tripod I carry
CNN mojo kit
Osmo mobile mics for live streams
Exporting and uploading to Youtube
10 years of mobile journalism
Feedback form

What's included

  • 100 Video Lessons
  • 17 Text Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

Robb Montgomery


Robb Montgomery is a video and innovation expert based in Berlin, Germany and the author of "A Field Guide for Mobile Journalism.”

These e-learning courses are used by reporters at CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, BBC, RTÉ Ireland TV, and many public broadcasters like VRT in Belgium and Mediacorp in Singapore. 

The Mobile Journalism Course is a required subject for every student at the EFJ journalism school in France.

As a university professor, Montgomery produces diploma courses on mobile journalism at FH Vienna Journalism School, EFJ Journalism School (Paris) and the Danish School of Journalism.

The lessons taught in Smart Film School courses flow from the workshops that Montgomery runs for broadcast professionals. 

He works with journalist teams at public broadcasters like Radio TV Belgium and Channel News Asia as well as with commercial broadcasters like MTV in Helsinki and CNN in Atlanta.

In these video tutorials, Montgomery takes you out on assignment with him to film in exotic locations in Egypt, Hong Kong, Patagonia, Austria, Slovakia, Germany, Singapore, Doha, Ireland, Scotland, and India.

Montgomery previously served as an editorial art director for the Chicago Tribune, Page One editor for the Chicago-Sun-Times, and has redesigned several major newspapers including the Chicago Sun Times and the San Francisco Examiner.

His work with the investigative journalism team at the Sun-Times won him recognition at the Peter Lisagor awards and he has been awarded top honors in Society of News Design competitions since 1992.

Montgomery was elected as a "Storyteller in Residence" for the Ashoka Foundation in 2015.