Digital Storytelling For The Mobile Generation

Diploma Course: Develop compelling stories, projects and strategies that best serve your target audience - wherever they are.

You will learn how to plan and build user-centered story plans and a develop a rich storytelling toolkit for creating persuasive stories for your audiences.

Time to complete: 6 weeks
Projects: Several exercises are included  in each course module to build a portfolio of skills
Schedule: Open enrollment
Terms: Students will have access to instructor and course materials
Format: Self-paced, on-demand, with unlimited replays
Equipment needs: Smartphone or tablet
Certificate: Issued upon completion (See below)
Study materials: $375 per person

NOTE: HR Managers can contract for additional instructor support to customize this instructor-led training course experience according to their timetable.
For example,: We can provide video Webinars, student progress reporting, office hours, personal feedback, evaluation of assignments, as well as official diplomas from the Smart Film School to be issued to employees who complete the course and both capstone projects.

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This training is designed like any good story - in three acts.

Act 1 - Mobile Journalism
Act 2 - User-centered design
Act 3 - Social media storytelling

This is an immersive training course in mastering the art and craft of identifying and telling amazing non-fiction stories.

You will first learn picture language (the grammar of film of video), as well as how to produce broadcast-quality reports. You will then learn how to develop solid action plans with your teams to identify, build and test concepts for new story formats, services and products.

Through a series of practical projects, case studies with media companies and clear demonstrations, you will learn how to organize roadmaps and social media outreach campaigns to share compelling and persuasive stories that can have measurable impact.

For example, the 10 projects in the mobile journalism course are delivered in an easy-to-follow progression that builds skill and confidence.  

Please view the preview videos in the three course modules to see the quality of the instruction being provided and the complete lesson plans.

A detailed syllabus for each course module will be shown when you click on a course title.

Intended Audience: Professionals, Professors, NGOs, Public Information Officers, Social Media Producers, Marketing executives, Editors, Journalists

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Vlastimil Samek , 1 day ago

Digital Storytelling For The Mobile Generation is a truly unique method of teaching/learning how to cover or create the video or image stories with the use of the mobile phone devices and technologies. I greatly value the content of the Courses and would like to thank Robb Montgomery for this brilliant Smart Film School that is Uniquely Smart. I look forward to taking more Courses as I see a lot more interesting and useful content being available to be studied and acquired in this 21st Century of Information and Communications Technologies.

What's included

  • 3 Courses
  • High Quality Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

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Robb Montgomery is a professor of mobile journalism and the author of “Smartphone Video Storytelling (Routledge Books - New York & London)

Montgomery is a former Chicago newspaper editor and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Since 2015, has led mobile journalism courses at the EFJ school of journalism in Paris, and FH Wien School of Journalism in Vienna.

He has trained reporters from CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, Channel News Asia, Belgian Public Television, Russ Media, Al Jazeera and Singapore Press Holdings

As a distinguished visiting professor he has lectured and led courses for the Medill School of Journalism, the Danish School of Journalism, American University, Cairo University, and KU.

In 2011 he developed the mobile journalism training program for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty and has trained more than 20,000 storytellers in mobile video methods.

He authored the Mobile Journalism syllabus used by leading universities and leads a certificate course in digital storytelling for the United Nations public information officers.

He holds a b.a. in Journalism (1990 - Eastern Illinois University) and worked as an editor at the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times between 1993 and 2005.

He is @VideoJournalist on Twitter.

His clients include Reuters, CNN, Radio Free Europe, TVN, TVP, VRT, MTV3, France24, Al Jazeera, Mediacorp, Correctiv, Reporter Fabrik, Russ Media, APA, WAN-IFRA Asia, Channel News Asia, SPH, IREX, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Caritas, and The New York Times.