Designed for storytellers

Smart Film School certificate training courses can be tailored for you, your team, your newsroom, or classroom. 

We teach on-demand, in-person, live and online.  Course  material is continuously refreshed to keep pace with the latest tech.

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.

Remote 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.  

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Custom training for teams

For group classes, the Smart Film School uses the hybrid learning model that leverages a collection of proven step-by-step tutorials with live training and personalized instruction for professional development.  

"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. Course lessons are well-illustrated and designed for remote learning experiences that get results.

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.
Case study.

Journalism Co UK

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


Campus license for Mobile Journalism & Design Thinking course pack used by instructors to 'Flip the classroom' for students.


Instructor-led custom training for broadcast TV reporters. We train all Channel News Asia correspondents and their crews in the latest mobile journalism techniques with a 6-week custom masterclass with 1-1 coaching sessions.

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.

UNICEF - Montenegro

We are training the next generation of mobile journalists in eastern Europe with an intensive, project-based certificate training program produced in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The instructor-led workshops combine on-demand tutorials, several story projects and live video interactions. 

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

 "We have used the online course packs on ‘Mobile Journalism’ with great effect on several of our continuing education programmes at DMJX. They are well produced with a good understanding of the online learning experience – and clearly made by a person who understands the challenges our students face."

Jens Haaning
Danish School of Media and Journalism

Smart Film School offers diploma courses in mobile journalism, digital storytelling and broadcast video production are used by journalists, training managers, universities, NGOs, media organizations, educators, and media development training programs.

 The Smart Film School was founded in 2014.

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Built by a journalism professor

Smart Film School courses are produced by Professor 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 30 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.

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