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 (@VideoJournalist) is a best-selling author who has taught more than 20,000 people the art of iPhone filmmaking. You can make great-looking video stories with small cameras and smartphones and these courses show you how. (Of course Android apps are shown too!)
He designs these video courses for amateurs and professionals and has crafts modular learning packs that allow you to start anywhere and then dip into advanced concepts without feeling overwhelmed.
His workshops and courses are used by reporters at CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, BBC, TVN, MTV3, RTÉ Ireland TV, and other large public broadcasters like VRT in Belgium and Mediacorp in Singapore.
Professionals seek him out in Berlin to get personalized training sessions. But you don't have to book a trip or pay his day rate for coaching to get started on the path.
These Smart Film School video courses are required for every student at the EFJ journalism school in France. FH Journalism School in Austria, The University of Notre Dame and the Danish School of Journalism issue his e-learning video courses to all students.
Styria Media in Europe has an enterprise-wide license that allows every employee full access to all of Montgomery's video training courses.
Why? Montgomery is a global expert in video storytelling and innovation strategy and is based in Berlin, Germany. He is the author of "A Field Guide for Mobile Journalism,” and a new book on video storytelling to be published by Taylor & Francis (London and New York).
As a bona-fide video journalism pioneer, he works with journalists worldwide to develop mobile video projects and as a design-thinking expert, he leads internal teams at media companies to rapidly develop actionable prototypes and new products.
For Media Development projects in Egypt and Georgia, Montgomery developed the world's first mobile journalism school and has trained thousands of journalists in video storytelling, social media, and design thinking processes.
He produces diploma courses on mobile journalism at universities in Europe.
Montgomery was elected as a "Storyteller in Residence" for the Ashoka Foundation in 2015.
In 2014 he launched the Smart Film School — an e-learning platform with course packs of video tutorials that teach social video, mobile journalism and documentary filmmaking.
Montgomery previously served as an editorial art director for the Chicago Tribune, Page One editor for the Chicago-Sun-Times, and has redesigned several major newspapers including the Chicago Sun Times 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.