Mobile Journalism: Shoot and edit smartphone video

Quick & Easy Video Editing Solutions. Produce Engaging Social Video Content with a Mobile Phone. iPhone & Android. MOJO
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  • Length 7 hours
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Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

Quickly shoot, edit and share professional video content from your smartphone.

In this masterclass, video journalism expert Robb Montgomery will guide you step-by-step through the reporting and production methods for mobile journalism,

What will the course cover?

  • How to record and edit high-quality video
  • How to tell your story with pictures
  • How to produce professional quality video interviews
  • How to produce interactive images that include Web links and audio
  • The most practical apps and essential gear for getting broadcast quality results 

This course is used by reporters at The New York Times, Reuters, 24SATA, RTÉ, AP, Mediacorp, Channel News Asia, The Straits-Times, SPH Magazines, TVN24, VRT Belgium, and CNN.

If you tell stories for a living or teach storytelling skills, this course is for you.

What will I learn by the end of the course?

  • Gain hands-on experience with many storytelling techniques for creating snackable and shareable visual content for mobile consumers.
  • Participate in exercises that involve visual story planning, visually-led reporting techniques and writing to pictures.
  • Have a comprehensive view of how field reporters can create a wide range of multimedia content and how to organize workflows to take full advantage of this capability. 
  • How to quickly produce video for Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Youtube, and Snapchat audiences.

"I am a senior at Notre Dame in a Multimedia Journalism class with Len Clark and I found this course to be extremely helpful and interesting! Definitely many tools that I can utilize in my future career!" — Elizabeth Carson

This video course content is used by universities worldwide to develop their certificate programs in mobile journalism. It is the required course pack that never goes out of date, because these lessons are refreshed.

Enroll now!

Video is a powerful language that engages with mobile audiences.

Mastering visual storytelling is one of the smartest investments you will ever make.
All you will need is your phone . . . and this course.

You will learn to:

  • Produce incredible video stories with your smartphone.
  • Use your mobile camera to answer story questions.
  • Conduct interviews that get great sound bites.
  • Film the types of shots that can be quickly edited together.

Visual storytelling literacy is the foundation skill that resonates in a world dominated by small screens and short attention spans.

This course will teach you everything you need to know how to make social video with the video camera you already have - your mobile phone.

From live video to short-form stories - social media offers a new creative landscape for reporters and storytellers.

You will  learn to:

  • Make high-quality video interviews
  • Write and record a great script
  • Broadcast a live video report
  • Plan and produce short form video

Social video is the most effective way to reach mobile millennials.

  • Posts with videos attract 3 times more inbound links than plain text posts.
  • Viewers are 85 percent more likely to purchase a product after watching a video
  • 79 percent of internet traffic will be video content by 2018.
  • Online video revenue is growing at 110 percent annually. More than any form of advertising.
  • Content with relevant images gets 94 percent more views than content without.

Social video allows your news stories, sponsored content, brand messaging, and native advertising to travel across social media channels and chat app platforms, with your branding and message intact.

What will I learn?

When a story breaks right in front of your eyes, you reach for video camera in your pocket.

This course will teach you what to do next so that you can use your smartphone to its full potential.

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.

“Excellent content, very well presented.” — Leah Dodrill

This course will help you:

  • Combine charts, maps and title cards into a video
  • Make a video clip from photos
  • Edit video rushes on deadline
  • Storyboard a documentary-style video
  • Record smooth video
  • Manage video files between apps
  • Add sound bites to photos
  • Record voice over narration
  • Film in shot sizes and patterns
  • Use the best apps for video
  • Perform simple, but powerful video editing
  • Compress time with sequences
  • Edit audio tracks in iMovie
  • Edit voice-over narration
  • Write a great script
  • Storyboard a short video report
  • Organize visual elements into a video story
  • Produce interactive photo reports

The instructor is a journalism professor who knows how to take reporters through the steps of making mobile multimedia stories.

This course features clear guidance on apps, mics, lights and other gear that will instantly improve all of the video you make with a mobile device.

It also introduces the building blocks and processes for planning, filming and editing video stories.

Important information before you enroll

  • Take this course, risk-free. It is backed by a 30 day money-back guarantee, full refund, no questions asked.
  • Once enrolled, you have unlimited lifetime access to the course
  • You will have instant access to all updates added to the course
  • Take a free preview and be assured of the lecture quality
  • No previous video production experience is required.

The course has more than 100 broadcast quality video lessons, case studies, presentations, and resources,

"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 is professional. Highly recommended!” – Stephen Box

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What are the requirements?

  • No previous experience is required
  • You will need a late-model smartphone (iOS or Android)
  • Some apps we show are paid, but are not expensive. Many are free.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Set up your smartphone to shoot and edit professional-looking video
  • Quickly produce video stories for social media
  • Film and edit broadcast quality video
  • Select the right apps and gear
  • Produce live shoots for social platforms
  • Produce captioned (silent video stories) that are perfect for social platforms

Who is the target audience?

  • If you tell stories for a living or teach storytelling skills, this course is for you.
  • Journalists
  • Media students
  • Mobile journalism trainers
  • Public relations pros
  • Social Media teams
  • teachers
  • Communications teams
  • Social media teams
  • social video producers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Getting started

In this MOJO course, you will be learning how to produce simple, but effective video stories with your smartphone.

  • You will learn how to use your mobile camera to answer story questions.
  • How to conduct interviews that get great sound bites.
  • Film shots that can be quickly edited together into a finished video story.
  • If you tell stories for a living or teach students those skills, this course is for you.

I look forward to seeing you in the Smart film School .


The basic kit to upgrade the quality of your video production with a smartphone.

How to take this course

How qualified is the the instructor to teach this material?

Section 2: Set up your phone for video production

Setting up the video recording app to get pro results.

Checking in

Apps for social video production and video editing.

RESOURCE: Apps list for iOS (iPhone and iPad)
The Best Apps for Shooting and Editing Android Video.
RESOURCE: Apps list for Android users

Setting up Filmic Pro video camera app to get pro results.


Setting for stable video using the MoviePro app for iOS. 

Exercise: Set up your camera

The video you upload to Facebook from an iPhone or iPad is low quality by default. Let’s fix that!

Section 3: The key to producing short-form video
Intro: Telling a visual story with a 30 second sequence. Power of connected shot content.

Looks simple, but it takes focused visual reporting and editing to pull it off.


What is the shot content? What characters, locations and challenges are introduced? How do the pictures work together? What problems do they solve? What questions do they answer for a viewer? What would happen if you changed the order?

Section 4: Shot sizes and filming patterns for video stories

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 help you focus on the shots you need for a video sequence.

Exercise: Film clips with a 6-shot pattern
Crossing the line - the 180 degree rule
1 question
Section 5: Introduction to video editing

Edit a 30-second video story project with a free app from GoPro.


Combine Text overlays and video clips to make a square video for social media.


Videoshop is a simple editing app for all platforms that let's you edit short-form video.

Section 6: Adding text and watermark logos to videos

Using Videoshop (Android and iOS) to add text overlays is quick and easy.


Use this free app to add your brand to your videos.

Section 7: Interactive photo stories

Bring your photos to life by adding interactive hotspots that can include photos, Web links and video clips.

Here is a demo and walk though of how you can use a simple app to create wildly creative and useful interactive photo experiences and embed them on your own Website or share them with friends and family on social media.



JamSnap allows your photos to come to life with sound. Snap a photo and add your own voice to tell a story, add some music that fits the mood, capture the sound of your surroundings, or just make goofy noises.

Learn how to use two free iPhone apps to create and share high quality multimedia packages by attaching sounds to photos. Create an interactive media similar to Thinglink, except for photos. Also how to record and edit sounds before or after attaching them to photos using a simple, but powerful audio editing app.

Section 8: Introduction to social media video
Reporting breaking news with smartphones
VIDEO: A narrated quick hit video
How to Tweet a video clip from your camera roll
What's actually inside those Egyptian pyramids?
Section 9: Produce a text over video news story: Step-by-step

The first step is filming 10 second clips of different shots to build a visual story sequence.

1: Edit photos and clips into a visual sentence
2: Manage audio tracks
3: Add text layers
4: Create a title card
5: Adding more visuals to your story project
EXAMPLE: A Silent News Story
Exercise: Make a silent video
Section 10: Kinogram videos

Videos with text overlays that can be read quickly and silently by mobile and social media consumers are called Kinograms. Which translates to "cinema writing."

Kinograms are silent video reports with text overlays and title cards. And, they are nothing new.

They have been with us since 1927.

Kinogram - Stock Market
Kinograms on social media
VIDEO: AJ Plus on Facebook
Make a video clip using just text

Replay is now QUIK, is free and is free and available for Android and iOS.

Here is where to find more information. 

IMPORTANT: Replay app is now called Quik
EXERCISE: Make a kinogram story
Section 11: Microphone upgrades
Lapel microphones
Stick Microphones
The interview kit
Extra power
Section 12: Recording smooth video

Learn the power that comes from making steady shots.

Why filming some shots in slow motion makes sense
Study these examples of slo-motion camera moves. Pan, Dolly, Narrative motion, Portraits, Group portraits. et al.
Section 13: Interview techniques

How to get stable footage

How to find a great background
- Tips for improving the light on your subject

Aligning the subject in your shot,

Adjusting the levels of all three 'eyes' so the interview look right to the viewer.
Composing the interview subject
Angles can imply a meaning you didn’t intend

Don't forget to do this first.


- A list of sample questions that will get great sound bites

How to engage with your subject to get the best sound bites.
Exercise: Record an interview

Peabody awarded Carol Marin shares tips for dealing with difficult interview subjects.

A video story told entirely through sound bites
Section 14: Editing a personality profile video
INTRO: A newsmaker pop-up video
Video: Newsmaker - Jeremy Steele
How to edit a newsmaker video in iMovie

Film and edit a 30 to 60 second scene built from sound bites and shots from the 6-shot pattern only.

Section 15: Recording reporter stand ups - A Piece to Camera

This summer a chain of TV stations in Europe converted 100 percent to iPhone. All of their reporters are producing their field reports with low-cost mobile gear.


What to look for and how to set up the shot for a reporter standup

Some of the reasons that reporter needs to appear in a news video
Gear: Recording the Piece to Camera
Sample report with a reporter standup
Section 16: Story Planning

Identify your best shots and bites


A simple method for organizing your story flow.


This handout help you plan and produce a news package

Section 17: More video editing

How to edit sound bites, add cutaway sequences and build a video story in iMovie

Exercise: Edit your video

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Instructor Biography

Robb Montgomery, Video journalism professor

Robb Montgomery has taught more than 10,000 people, just like yourself, how to make great-looking video stories with small cameras and smartphones.

His workshops and courses are used by reporters at CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, BBC, RTÉ Ireland TV, and many public broadcasters like VRT in Belgium and Mediacorp in Singapore. 

His Smart Film School video courses are required for every student at the EFJ journalism school in France. FH Journalism School, Notre Dame and the Danish School of Journalism also the education discount to issue his 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 WAN-IFRA expert, 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.

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