Private Training in Mobile Journalism Techniques

Get personalized instruction combined with a deep dive into certificate training for Mobile Journalism and dynamic visual storytelling.

Alumni of this 1-1 training program include executive producers at CNN, the BBC, Reuters, The New York Times, Conde Nast, journalism professors, hyperlocal journalists, NGO Comms teams, and international broadcast correspondents.

Personal coaching combined with project-led certificate level courses 

  • 1-1 coaching sessions - Either in Berlin or online
  • Instructor-led training with practical and field-proven techniques and case studies
  • A custom training plan that suits your needs
  • Access to all certificate courses, video tutorials and projects for one year

If you are seeking grant support for your professional development, then we can help you with your proposal.
Contact us to discuss your needs.

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 several video story projects to build a portfolio of skills  

Terms: You will have access to instructor for three coaching sessions and to the online tutorials for one year.

Format: This instructor-led course is project-based and features active learning, live sessions and instructor feedback.  

Support: Live discussions (Zoom meetups) with the instructor are paced throughout to track your progress.  

Personalize lesson plans and assignments

The instructor will work with you to design a customized lesson plan builds a portfolio of skills. Candidates for this training offer are typically recipients of grants that support continuing education and professional development.

Certificate Course content

This in-depth, project-led training develops valuable video skills. Click on any course card above to inspect the syllabus, tutorial modules, and project assignments.

Proven training method

Top media organizations use these instructor-led courses to train their entire editorial teams in the latest mobile workflows.


Equipment needs: Smartphone.   


3000 Euros

One-time fee

  • Access to all certificate course video tutorials and projects
  • Private coaching
  • Certificate upon completion

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, an American Mobile Journalism professor, filmmaker and author.

Montgomery leads global training programs in mobile video reporting and documentary filmmaking for 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)

Robb Montgomery