Are you ready to start making video reports with your mobile phone?
This foundation course in mobile journalism will quickly get you up to speed. It teaches the fundamentals of using a mobile phone to create video stories.
“Once I started the course (Video Journalism), 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. Thank you, Rob!!"
— Randy Hendricks
The Mobile Newsroom
Professional newsrooms are converting their new operations to mobile-based reporting.
The lessons in this course were developed from the experiences of training thousands of broadcast journalists how to tell stories with their mobile phones.
You will learn how to use visually-led approaches that improve your reporting and your stories.
“High-quality and easy to follow course, not overwhelming for a beginner. Gear and app recommendations are very helpful. Also it expands one's perspective greatly about what can be done with a Smartphone. Thank you!"
What will I learn?
“I was very pleased to learn about the shooting methods and especially the apps that can allow me to control the camera and edit footage. 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 was professional. Overall, this is a course you need to take if you want to use your phone or tablet for more than a still camera. Highly recommended"
— Stephen Box
The mobile reporting wave is spreading.
A TV station in Ireland regularly airs video reports that are made by reporters with smartphones, the BBC has a permanent training course to train staff in mobile journalism and AJ Plus has an army of mobile-only journalists who cover breaking news around the world.
Enroll today and earn a certificate when you finish the course.
“I really enjoy this step by step course. it's a 360° vision with advices for the gear (helpful) and apps, and also theory and practice about to tell a story in video (journalism techniques, that's very interesting). Ok Robb, I'm waiting for the next episodes!"
— Marie M
The basic kit to upgrade the quality of your video production with a smartphone
Setting up the video recording app to get pro results
Camera fundamentals and the things you need to get right
How to film the shots you need to tell a video story
Understand the visual grammar for telling a video story.
This filming pattern will get you the shots you need for a video sequence that matches a soundbite.
Apps, gear and shots
How a 30 minute process can be shown in 30 seconds
A simple and powerful method for writing great scripts
How to edit sound bites, add cutaway sequences and build a video story in iMovie
A simple workflow for uploading your videos, adding metadata and tracking analytics
The video you upload to Facebook from an iPhone or iPad is low quality by default. Let’s fix that!
Getting started with the Periscope app and live streaming.
How The Washington Post works with its foreign correspondents to report via social media
A kinogram is a silent video that can be read by users on social media. This lesson shows the app and workflows making these types of videos.
This free tool allows you to generate editable subtitles from your videos
Here is a student video made in one of my my MOJO workshops in Berlin.
It was filmed using the Filmic Pro app, Shoulderpod S1 mount and the Røde SmartLav mic.
The student edited the clips and built her video using iMove on an iPhone 5.
Broadcasting on Snapchat and Periscope has allowed journalists to give the public access to raw, unedited and instant footage of this international story.
How AJ+ reported from Baltimore riots using only iPhones
Robb Montgomery is a journalism professor with international expertise.
His clients include:
Broadcasters: CNN, Reuters, Channel News Asia, VRT, MTV3, MediaCorp, and 24SATA.
Organizations: British Cycling, Irish Broadcasting Authority, IREX, WAN-IFRA, and the Institute of Physics.
Educators: University of London (SOAS), Stockholm University, Danish School of Journalism, FH Wien (Vienna), EFJ (Paris), Michigan State University, and the University of Notre Dame.
Montgomery is a Best-eller author and worked as an editor in the newsrooms of the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times for 15 years before founding his media advisory business in 2005.
In 2014 he launched the Smart Film School — an e-learning platform with certificate course packs for mobile journalism and smartphone filmmaking.
Montgomery produces workshops worldwide on design thinking and mobile journalism. Mid-career professionals seeking professional development certification in these new skills frequently study with him in Berlin.
Since 2005, Montgomery has trained more than 10,000 storytellers in mobile journalism and design thinking.
He is the author of Smartphone Filmmaking (Routledge Press – 1Q 2018) and "A Field Guide for Mobile Journalism.” (ISBN 978-0-9903502-0-0. 2015, Visual Editors.)
• In 2012, Montgomery developed the smartphone reporting training, technology and workflows used by hundreds of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty broadcast reporters and correspondents.
• For IREX and USAID, Montgomery developed the world’s first mobile journalism lab for Radio Liberty and several journalism schools in Georgia.
• As a journalism educator, he authors and produces diploma courses on mobile journalism at FH Institute for Journalism & Media Management (Vienna) and the EFJ School of New Journalism (Paris).
• He was elected as a "Storyteller in Residence" for the Ashoka Foundation in 2015.
• Montgomery has redesigned several major newspapers including the Chicago Sun Times, Leadership and the San Francisco Examiner.
• His work with the investigative journalism team at the Sun-Times won him recognition at the Peter Lisagor awards and he has been awarded top honors in Society of News Design competitions since 1992.