Certificate Training in Mobile Journalism & Visual Storytelling 

We help journalists master video storytelling with proven training programs that build a portfolio of mobile reporting skills.

Designed for storytellers

Smart Film School certificate courses are tailored for you, your team, your newsroom, or classroom.

Smart Film School courses are used by broadcasters, journalism schools, communications professionals, news reporters, media students, NGOs. comms teams and educators worldwide.

You can choose to self-study, join a scheduled class or request private coaching.

Active learning that delivers results

We partner with HR and training managers to deliver tailored lessons plans with live classes, feedback sessions,  a secure training portal, 1-on-1 coaching, progress tracking, course management, and professional development certifications.  

Our course materials are continuously refreshed to keep pace with the latest technologies and field-proven reporting techniques.

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Custom training for teams

The Smart Film School trains teams of reporters using a hybrid learning model. We leverage proven step-by-step tutorials with live classes, real-world story exercises, and personalized instruction.  

We work withtop media organizations to deliver custom training for truly professional development

We teach on-demand, in-person, live, and online. 

"This is much more than a Powerpoint and a Zoom"

Smart Film School tutorials and live training sessions are produced in a professional TV studio in Berlin.

All courses are well-illustrated and designed for learning experiences that get measurable results.

We build and host custom training programs for . . .

BILD - germany

We designed a custom mobile journalism training course for BILD reporters to master the essential skills for developing and launching a new Live TV news channel in Germany.

HT Media group - India

We developed the complete mobile journalism and digital transformation training program for 600 journalists of the Hindustan Times, MINT and related verticals at this large media organization.  An intense 12-week training program kicked off the year-long training effort to drive digital transformation across their newsrooms.

Middle East Broadcasting

We are training the 125 broadcast TV journalists across 12 countries with a customized mobile journalism certificate training program.

The instructor-led workshops combine on-demand tutorials, several story projects and live video interactions with each class group. 

Reporter Fabrik - germany

Correctiv in Germany has licensed our Mobile Journalism Masterclass certificate course and translated the video tutorials into German. They have the exclusive right to offer it to German-speaking journalists on their Web academy

UNited Nations

Instructor-led, certificate training in "Digital Storytelling for the Mobile Generation" for communications officers. Custom course design used to train UN communications officers in 26 duty stations worldwide.
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Journalism Co UK

We produce the Certificate course for Mobile Journalism. This 6-week instructor-led course is offered three times per year with our UK partner, Journalism Co UK.

University courses

Professors at Singapore University and  the University of Bedfordrshire use our Mobile Journalism & Design Thinking courses to 'Flip the classroom' with their students.


For WAN-IFRA members we deliver instructor-led custom training programs around the world. We lead classes for reporters, correspondents and their editors in the latest mobile journalism techniques with a custom masterclass and 1-1 coaching sessions.

Built by a journalism professor

Smart Film School courses are produced by Robb Montgomery in his Berlin TV studio. The video-led tutorials are broadcast quality and teachers love them because they are project- oriented and adhere to pedagogical best practices. Progress tracking and assessments are included.

This not by accident: Montgomery's is the author of the "Mobile Journalism" - the textbook used by top universities and journalism schools.

As a seasoned international journalist, Montgomery leads academic seminars, workshops, and StoryLabs with students at journalism schools in Europe, U.S.A., Asia, and the Middle East. His first professor assignment was teaching journalism courses at the Medill School of Journalism in 2003.

Montgomery has taught in more than 40 countries and is a multi-award-winning documentary filmmaker.

All of the examples shown in these courses feature his eye-catching story work filmed on assignment in more than 30 countries. Since 2007 Montgomery has been the video journalism expert most-called by the top media organizations to lead training programs and develop mobile journalism projects.

He is a former editor for the Chicago Tribune and is active in the U.S Speakers program by the U.S. State department as the world expert on mobile journalism.

Train with us in Berlin!

Book a private training in our state-of-the-art studio located in the heart of Berlin's creative center. 

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Smart Film School App

It is easy to access your courses with your smartphone or tablet.

Simply download the Zenler App from the Apple or Google Play store and login with your e-mail.

Once you are logged in you can watch tutorials, submit your assignments and track your progress on the go.

When you log in again from a browser you can pick up right where you left off.

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