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 April 26.

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

Breaking news
Social new 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: Four live video group discussions (Zoom meetups) with the instructor are paced throughout to track your progress. You will join the MOJO Clubhouse - our private online forum reserved exclusively for students and alumni of this course to further share and support you on your journey

Equipment needs: Smartphone.  

Certificate: Issued upon completion.  

Class size: 15 persons

Important dates

April 26

Class begins

April 30

Zoom meetup
to review first assignments
(5 p.m. Berlin time) 

May 14 and 21

Zoom meetups
to review weekly
video projects

June 4

Film Screening of final project videos and discussion

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

ZOOM Friday

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.

Online and in-person he trains mobile journalism methods to reporters from CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, Channel News Asia, Belgian Public Television, Russ Media, Reuters, Radio Free Europe, TVN, TVP, VRT, MTV3, France24, IREX, International Red Cross, and Singapore Press Holdings. 

In 2011 he developed the broadcast mobile journalism training program for 600 Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty correspondents and has trained more than 30,000 storytellers in mobile video storytelling for TV, social media, YouTube and news outlets.

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

He is @VideoJournalist on Twitter.