Mobile Journalism: Reporting with smartphones

Shooting and editing videos with a smartphone: Live streams, Newsgathering, Interviewing, Video for Mobile Audiences.

Quickly shoot, edit and share professional video content from your smartphone.
This course will guide you step-by-step through the reporting and production methods for mobile journalism. It is taught by an instructor who has trained thousands of journalists in smartphone video production in workshops around the globe.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Use smartphones for newsgathering
  • Shoot video with smartphones
  • Produce live streams using smartphones
  • Conduct interviews with smartphones
  • Edit video with smartphones
  • Present stories for mobile audiences
  • Produce videos for different social platforms
This course is used by reporters at The New York Times, Reuters, 24SATA, RTÉ, AP, Mediacorp, Channel News Asia, The Straits-Times, SPH Magazines, TVN24, VRT Belgium, and CNN.

"Robb is an excellent instructor. He knows his subject matter and teaches each module clearly. I highly recommend his course. Enroll now!" — Jayson Guerrero

If you tell stories for a living or teach storytelling skills, this course is for you.

What will I learn in this course?
  • Many storytelling techniques and exercises for creating snackable and shareable visual content for mobile audiences.
  • Visual story planning, visually-led reporting techniques and writing to pictures.
  • How to create a wide range of multimedia content and how to organize workflows.
  • How to quickly film and edit videos 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

This video course content is used by universities worldwide to develop their certificate programs in mobile journalism.
It is the required course pack that never goes out of date, because these lessons are refreshed.

Enroll now!

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

10 quick tips
Social video trends
Story formats
How to film video
Settings for Filmic Pro
Settings for MoviePro
When to film at 25
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: 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
Intro to mics
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
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What's included

  • 104 Video Lessons
  • 17 Text Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

Robb Montgomery


Robb Montgomery is a visual storytelling and innovation expert based in Berlin, Germany.

He is the author of Smartphone Video Storytelling (Routledge Press - New York & London) and has been producing media development projects on Design Thinking, Multimedia and Mobile Video Journalism since 2005.

Montgomery is a distinguished visiting professor at the EFJ School of New Journalism in Paris and at FH Wien School of Communication in Vienna where he teaches Mobile Reporting and leads Media Lab innovation sprints.

His 5-star rated online video courses (offered here at the Smart Film School web site) produce certificate training for thousands of corporate and academic students each year.

Robb is a former journalist for the Chicago Tribune and his clients include Reuters, CNN, Radio Free Europe, TVN, France24, Al Jazeera, Belgium Public Broadcasting, Channel News Asia, SPH, IREX, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Caritas, and The New York Times.