Mobile Journalism Masterclass

Certificate training produced in partnership with Journalism Co UK.

Alumni of this course include executive producers at CNN, Conde Nast, journalism professors, hyperlocal journalists, NGO Comms teams, and international broadcast correspondents.

Contact Sage at Journalism Co UK to book your spot in an upcoming class.

Join a small group of trainees for:

  • Live Zoom feedback sessions with international classmates
  • Instructor-led training with practical and field-proven techniques and case studies
  • Make a video story portfolio of 10 video story projects
  • Access to 140+ video tutorials for one year

The next class starts Feb. 20

Live sessions meet at 6 p.m. GMT London time.

- Feb 20
- Feb 27 
- April 2
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 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, live sessions, and instructor feedback.  

Support: Live class 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.

This is an instructor-led certificate course led by Robb Montgomery, author of Mobile Journalism (2021) and Smartphone Video Storytelling (2018).

Weekly assignments

WEEK ONE
MOJO case studies, camera setups and shots.

Make Project 1 
and Project 2


WEEK TWO
Simple video editing and text over video.

Make Project 3
and Project 4


WEEK THREE
Interviewing for video, edit sound bites.

Make Project 5
and Project 6

WEEK FOUR
Live reporting and piece-to-camera.

Make Project 7


WEEK FIVE
Script-writing, recording narration.

Make Project 8
and Project 9


WEEK SIX
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, an American Mobile Journalism expert, filmmaker and author.

Montgomery leads global training programs in mobile video reporting and documentary filmmaking for professional journalists. Based in Berlin, he recently served journalists in Ukraine leading several mobile documentary journalism workshops in Odessa and Ivano-Frankivsk.

He is the author of Smartphone Video Storytelling and Mobile Journalism textbooks and his documentary films have been awarded top prizes at film festivals in Berlin, Milan and Los Angeles.

Montgomery teaches journalists in more than 34 countries for Reuters, WAN-IFRA, IREX, InterNews, United Nations, U.S. State Department, Journalism Co UK, Mediacorp, SRMG, Radio Free Europe, Journalism Co UK, Middle East Broadcast Network, GIJN, International Journalism Festival, NABSHOW, and public broadcasters.

Montgomery developed the first mobile journalism training program for Radio Free Europe TV in 2011. As a visiting professor he has led courses in visual journalism at Northwestern University, Stockholm University, University of London, Singapore University, Danish School of Journalism, and Ohio University. He is listed in the U.S. Speaker program and presents workshops that are organized by U.S. Embassies cultural affairs officers.

His Smart Film School certificate courses are accredited by top media organizations and universities.

Montgomery holds a b.a. in Journalism (1990 – Eastern Illinois University)