Mobile Journalism

The diploma course used by top broadcasters and journalism schools.

The complete masterclass for Mobile Journalism used by top broadcasters and journalism schools.

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.

  • There are 10 projects in this course that will quickly build your skills and confidence to tell many types of video stories.

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

"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It is the required course pack that never goes out of date, because these lessons are refreshed.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:

  • Produce social video reports with your smartphone
  • Master live streaming
  • Conduct video interviews
  • Write a great script and record voice-over narration
  • Produce reporter-led stories
  • Produce character-led stories
  • Produce piece-to-camera segments
  • Produce vertical video for IGTV
  • Make a video from photos and a script
  • Edit video on deadline
  • Record smooth video
  • 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
  • Storyboard a short video report
  • Organize visual elements into a video story
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, photographers, reporters, editors

10 quick tips
The Mobile Newsroom
Designing a mobile-first newsroom
Airplane mode
OS camera settings
Native camera
Intro to FilmicPro
Filmic Pro settings
When to film at 25 fps
Filmic advanced controls
MoviePro app
Exercise Preset 25p
Links to apps
Apps in the Google Play store
Filmic Pro Evaluator
Filmic 25p settings
Cinema FV-5 25p settings
Cinema FV-5 focus & exposure
Exercise Test clip
Verify audio
Social video trends
Story formats
CASE STUDY: Extreme mobile journalism
Case Study: Breaking news
Project: A Place
Case Study: 12 MOJO reporters
Can you tell a story in 30 seconds?
Analysis: What did you actually see?
How to use the camera to film video
The six-shot pattern
Exercise - Six Shot Pattern
Narrative motion vs. camera motion
PROJECT - Show a Process
Edit a short video with this free app
Quickly edit a silent, square video (Android and iOS)
Edit in Vlogit app
Edit video on Android, Windows Phone or iPhone with this app
PROJECT - Explainer
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
PROJECT - Take a ride
How journalists are live streaming
Live strategy
Breaking News
CASE STUDY: Fire in Berlin
ANALYSIS: What went right? What went wrong?
Gear for livestreaming
Live on Facebook
Getting started
Live video quality
What are you seeing?
Live demo
Metrics, replays and followers
Saving video
Intro to mics
Small Microphones
Stick Mics
TEST: Sennheiser HandMic Digital
TEST - Rode i-XLR
Test: Rotolight sound & light kit.m4v
Power Bank
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
PROJECT - Report with interview sound bites
Case Study: Ice swimming in Helsinki
EXAMPLE: Ice Swim Quik
Backstory of the filmmaking
EXAMPLE: Ice Swim Final
PROJECT - Character profile
TIPS: Personality profile
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
PROJECT - Walkthrough
Turn photos into a video clip
Crop to a square video
Creative Shots Intro
iPhone setting
Slo-motion for face shots
Filmic Pro settings
Motion shots
The TV network that went 100% MOJO
Framing the standup
Types of standups
Sample gear
Example of standup - The calorie walk
EXERCISE - Piece-to-camera
Walking shots
Walking shots examples
The 180 degree rule
Edit the shots
EXERCISE Walking shots
12 tips for shooting and editing Vertical Video
Project - Vertical Video
Log and Capture
Build a shot list
Project: Walkthrough
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
A Intro
B Treehouse
C Treehouse
Final Project
Exercises for students

What's included

  • 125 Video Lessons
  • 11 Text Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

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This course is taught by Robb Montgomerythe author of two textbooks on Mobile Journalism.

Montgomery has trained thousands of broadcast reporters and educators worldwide in smartphone video, innovation methods and mobile journalism.

Between 1990 and 2005, he worked as an award-winning visual journalist for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.

Smartphone Video Storytelling is published by Routledge Press (New York & London).

Montgomery teaches mobile journalism at journalism schools in Europe where his students pioneer the intersection of innovation and visual journalism in StoryLab projects and field-reporting projects.

He is @VideoJournalist on Twitter.

His clients include Reuters, CNN, Radio Free Europe, TVN, TVP, VRT, MTV3, France24, Al Jazeera, Mediacorp, Channel News Asia, SPH, IREX, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Caritas, and The New York Times.