#MOJO: Mobile Journalism: Video reporting with smartphones.
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#MOJO: Mobile Journalism: Video reporting with smartphones.

Shoot and edit smartphone videos: Live streams, Newsgathering, Interviewing, Video for Mobile Audiences. Robb Montgomery
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Created by Robb Montgomery
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • 24 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Use smartphones for newsgathering
  • Shoot video with smartphones
  • Produce live streams using smartphones
  • Conduct interviews with smartphones
  • Edit video with smartphones
  • Present stories for mobile audiences
  • Produce video stories for different social platforms
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  • 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.

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

This course will guide you step-by-step through the reporting and production methods for mobile journalism. It is taught by an instructor who has trained thousands of journalists in smartphone video production in workshops around the globe.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Use smartphones for newsgathering
  • Shoot video with smartphones
  • Produce live streams using smartphones
  • Conduct interviews with smartphones
  • Edit video with smartphones
  • Present stories for mobile audiences
  • Produce videos for different social platforms

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.

This digital skills training is designed for active journalists by the journalism professor who wrote the book on smartphone video storytelling.

  • The lessons in this course are a well-curated library of journalism-oriented training materials — with explainers, videos and real-world reporting exercises. You can select new skills to learn on your time and at your pace.
  • The on-demand lesson modules are short in length, straight to the point, well-illustrated and shares in a conversational style.
  • You can take the lessons on your phone, tablet or computer and replay any content until you get the hang of it.

The methods and lessons in this course are concise, practical and information rich. The syllabus is similar to the courses the instructor has designed for university journalism degree programs worldwide. This course is mandatory for all incoming journalism students at the schools where the instructor teaches in Europe.

Lesson content is frequently refreshed to remain current and vital. The lessons are filmed from stories that take place on five continents. The video tutorials are entertaining and inspiring. 

"Robb is an excellent instructor. He knows his subject matter and teaches each module clearly. I highly recommend his course. Enroll now!" — Jayson Guerrero

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

What will I learn in this course?

  • Many storytelling techniques and exercises for creating snackable and shareable visual content for mobile audiences.
  • Visual story planning, visually-led reporting techniques and writing to pictures.
  • How to create a wide range of multimedia content and how to organize workflows.
  • How to quickly film and edit videos 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!

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

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.

"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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Who is the target audience?
  • Journalists
  • Media students
  • Mobile journalism trainers
  • Social Media teams
  • Communications teams
  • Social media teams
  • Journalism instructors
  • Correspondents
  • Broadcasters
Curriculum For This Course
125 Lectures
Getting started
3 Lectures 05:30

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 .

Robb Montgomery
Preview 01:52

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

Preview 03:10

How to take this course
Set up your phone for video production
8 Lectures 21:41

Checklist for turning your phone into a camera

How to film video - first steps

iOS camera settings

Checking in

Using the native camera

Intro to the Filmic Pro video camera app to get pro results.

Using the Filmic Pro camera app (iOS and Android)

Filmic Pro settings

Setting for stable video using the MoviePro app for iOS. 

Filming with MoviePro app for handheld shooting

This exercise is pretty straightforward. 

I want you to download and install a video camera app Like (FilmicPro, MoviePro or Cinema FV-5) and make the quality settings I show in the lectures.

If you are in the USA (or country that provides 120v 60hz electrical power) set up your first preset for 1920x1080 resolution at 30 frames per second.

If you are in a country with 220 volt 50hz electrical supply, make your settings for 1920x1080 resolution and 25 frames per second.

Turn on the framing guides and audio metering, and make sure the clips are being saved to your camera roll so that you can find them when you start editing. Film a few 10-second clips in landscape (horizontal orientation).

Preview 05:56
Apps for video production
4 Lectures 19:00

Apps for social video production and video editing.

21 best apps for shooting and editing video with an iPhone

RESOURCE: Apps list for iOS (iPhone and iPad)

The Best Apps for Shooting and Editing Android Video.

RESOURCE: Apps list for Android users
The key to producing short-form video
3 Lectures 05:37
Intro: Telling a visual story with a 30 second sequence. Power of connected shot content.
Preview 01:07

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

VIDEO: Climb a mountain

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?

ANALYSIS: What did you see, exactly?
Shot sizes and filming patterns for video stories
4 Lectures 11:53

How to film the shots you need to tell a video story

Understand the visual grammar for telling a video story.

Shot sizes and sneaker zoom

This filming pattern will help you focus on the shots you need for a video sequence.

The six shots that answer story questions

Exercise: Film clips with a 6-shot pattern

Crossing the line - the 180 degree rule

1 question
Introduction to video editing
4 Lectures 26:09

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

Edit a short video with this free app (iOS)

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

Preview 08:12

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

Edit video on Android, Windows Phone or iPhone with this app

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

How to upload HD video to Facebook
Adding text and watermark logos to videos
2 Lectures 15:46

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

Add text subtitles to a video

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

Add a watermark to a video
Introduction to social media video
4 Lectures 02:52
Reporting breaking news with smartphones

VIDEO: A narrated quick hit video

What's actually inside those Egyptian pyramids?
Make a square social video with text and photos
Produce a text over video news story: Step-by-step
8 Lectures 25:17

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

Filming the shots

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
Kinogram videos
8 Lectures 20:59

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.

Kinograms are silent movies

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. https://quik.gopro.com/ 

DEMO: Make a Kinogram with Quik video app

IMPORTANT: Replay app is now called Quik

EXERCISE: Make a kinogram story
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About the Instructor
Robb Montgomery
4.2 Average rating
468 Reviews
10,128 Students
14 Courses
Best-selling Instructor, journalism professor & Entreprenuer

Robb Montgomery is a journalism professor with international expertise.
       His clients include:

BroadcastersCNN, 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.

Current activities 

  • Authoring a textbook on smartphone filmmaking for the academic publisher, Taylor & Francis
  • Developing mobile journalism workshops and masters degree program
  • Leading prototyping workshops for new product development