Mobile Journalism Masterclass

Certificate training produced in partnership with Journalism Co UK  and the Smart Film School.

Join a small group of trainees for:

  • Live video meetups 
  • A six-week masterclass 
  • Make 10 video projects
  • Access 100+ video tutorials and case studies
  • Instructor-led support

The next class starts January 10, 2022

Shoot, Script, Edit and Share reports with your smartphone.

Breaking news
Social news videos
Live streams
TV news packages 

Short documentaries Interviews
Scripted pieces
Reporter stand-ups

Time to complete: Reserve four hours per week to complete the weekly assignments.

Projects:  You will make 10 video story projects to build a portfolio of skills  

Terms: You will have access to instructor over the six weeks and to the online tutorials for one year.

Format: Small class group led by the instructor. This interactive online course is project-based and features active learning with on-demand tutorials with unlimited replays.  

Support: Five live video group discussions (Zoom meetups) with the instructor are paced throughout to track your progress.

Equipment needs: Smartphone.  

Certificate: Issued upon completion.  

Class size: 12 persons max.

Important dates

Class Meetups

Class group meets in a private Zoom sessions between your self study sessions to review assignments.

The final Zoom meetup is where we share our final projects.
It is always epic!

Note the day and dates listed here to mark your calendar in advance. There are no group Zooms for weeks five and six as this is where you are finish the self-study lessons and produce your final project film.
All sessions are at 5 p.m. Berlin time.

Monday, Jan. 10  
Monday, Jan. 17
Monday, Jan. 24
Monday, Jan. 31
Monday, Feb. 21 - Our private film festival! 

This is an instructor-led certificate course led by Robb Montgomery, author of Mobile Journalism (2020) and Smartphone Video Storytelling (2018).

Weekly assignments

MOJO case studies, camera setups and shots.

Make Project 1 
and Project 2

Simple video editing and text over video.

Make Project 3
and Project 4

Interviewing for video, edit sound bites.

Make Project 5
and Project 6

Live reporting and piece-to-camera.

Make Project 7

Script-writing, recording narration.

Make Project 8
and Project 9

Storyboarding and documentary film   preparation.

Shoot and edit your FINAL PROJECT

What students say they like about this course:

+ Valuable information
+ Clear explanations
+ Engaging delivery
+ Helpful practice activities
+ Knowledgeable instructor

"This course is packed with rich content and information on how to create videos. Each lecture provided instructional materials and tools to help you make video production easy. This is a course not to be missed."
— Jane Lee ★★★★★

"Wow! Great content! One of the best courses I have taken!"
— Danny Sparks ★★★★★

"Robb's teaching style is very engaging and he does a great job of presenting the material in an easy-to-learn manner."
— Daniel Clifton ★★★★★

"Once I started the course, I could not quit until I had completed it. Each segment was interesting, informative, creatively presented and edited with precision. I loved the course and learned a lot from it."
— Randy Hendricks ★★★★★

“The Instructor's knowledge and experience are top notch and his  training programs are presented in a clear, concise way.”
— Janet Vasil ★★★★★

“Excellent detail in the examples. Like the fact that he gives real equipment names for use with the iPhone, so you don't have to try to search google or amazon to find something that might or might not work.”
— Eddie Mikell ★★★★★

Smart Film School

This course is taught by Robb Montgomery

Robb teaches mobile journalism at news organizations, media development programs, and universities worldwide. 

He is the author of two books: Mobile Journalism and Smartphone Video Storytelling (Routledge – New York & London). Montgomery is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker and former newspaper editor (Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune).

He is a lead trainer for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, WAN-IFRA, Journalism Co UK and IREX and teaches the certificate course in Digital Storytelling for the public information officers of the United Nations.

He teaches journalists and TV correspondents in more than 30 countries for Reuters, CNN, IREX, The New York Times, Journalism Co UK, Mediacorp, Radio Free Europe, TVN, BILD, INTERNEWS, and VRT public broadcasters. 

He leads courses in digital and mobile journalism at universities in Paris, Berlin, London, Cairo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Singapore. 

His Smart Film School courses and textbooks are accredited by more than 100 schools and universities.

He holds a b.a. in Journalism (1990 - Eastern Illinois University).

He is @VideoJournalist on Twitter.