Mobile Journalism

Certificate training course used by top broadcasters, media development organizations and journalism schools.

The complete masterclass for Mobile Journalism used by top broadcasters and journalism schools.

NOTE: If you are a professor teaching Mobile Journalism, please ask your university librarian to order this course as a campus license.
They can write to and request a quote a site license.



This course will guide you step-by-step through the reporting and production methods for mobile journalism.
Students will learn to use their phones for filming, editing, interviewing, reporting, script writing ,voice-overs, and writing to pictures.

You will make 10 projects and build skills and confidence at each step of your journey.

What will I learn in this course?

  • The storytelling techniques for creating snackable and shareable visual content for mobile audiences.
  • How to create a wide range of multimedia content and how to organize workflows.

This course pack is used by students and faculty at major universities in Europe and the USA and is designed to help busy professors lead students on a video storytelling journey for an entire semester. From setting up the camera to making a mini-documentary film.

Students will make 10 projects and build skills at each step. Professors can use these for grading purposes and students to build up a portfolio.

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

Learning outcomes

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

• Produce social video reports with a smartphone

• Write a great script and record voice-over narration

• Produce reporter-led stories

• Report character-led stories

• Produce piece-to-camera segments

• Produce vertical video stories

• Make a video from photos and a script

• Edit video on deadline

• Record smooth video

• 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

• Storyboard a short video report

• Organize visual elements into a video story

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

"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!

"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

Intended Audience: journalists, journalism students, freelance videographers, journalism educators, photographers, reporters, editors

10 quick tips
The Mobile Newsroom
Designing a mobile-first newsroom
Airplane mode
OS camera settings
Native camera
Intro to FilmicPro
Filmic Pro settings
When to film at 25 fps
Filmic advanced controls
MoviePro app
Exercise Preset 25p
Links to apps
Apps in the Google Play store
Filmic Pro Evaluator
Filmic 25p settings
Cinema FV-5 25p settings
Cinema FV-5 focus & exposure
Exercise Test clip
Verify audio
Social video trends
Story formats
CASE STUDY: Extreme mobile journalism
Case Study: Breaking news
Project: A Place
Case Study: 12 MOJO reporters
Can you tell a story in 30 seconds?
Analysis: What did you actually see?
How to use the camera to film video
The six-shot pattern
Exercise - Six Shot Pattern
Narrative motion vs. camera motion
PROJECT - Show a Process
Edit a short video with this free app
Quickly edit a silent, square video (Android and iOS)
Edit in Vlogit app
Edit video on Android, Windows Phone or iPhone with this app
PROJECT - Explainer
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. Add more visuals
Example: Final kinogram news story
Exercise: Make a silent video
PROJECT - Take a ride
How journalists are live streaming
Live strategy
Breaking News
CASE STUDY: Fire in Berlin
ANALYSIS: What went right? What went wrong?
Gear for livestreaming
Live on Facebook
Getting started
Live video quality
What are you seeing?
Live demo
Metrics, replays and followers
Saving video
Intro to mics
Small Microphones
Stick Mics
TEST: Sennheiser HandMic Digital
TEST - Rode i-XLR
Test: Rotolight sound & light kit.m4v
Power Bank
Eye Level
Look space
Interview Kit
The Trust Bubble
Pre-interview checklist
Interview questions
Tips from a TV pro - Carol Marin
CASE STUDY: Video story told entirely with sound bites
PROJECT - Report with interview sound bites
Case Study: Ice swimming in Helsinki
EXAMPLE: Ice Swim Quik
Backstory of the filmmaking
EXAMPLE: Ice Swim Final
PROJECT - Character profile
TIPS: Personality profile
Export Clips from Filmic Pro
Log and Capture
Build a shot list
Video editing in iMovie
J cuts in iMovie
Compressing time with a sequence
Turn photos into a video clip
Crop to a square video
Creative Shots Intro
iPhone setting
Slo-motion for face shots
Filmic Pro settings
Motion shots
The TV network that went 100% MOJO
Framing the standup
Types of standups
Sample gear
Example of standup - The calorie walk
EXERCISE - Piece-to-camera
Walking shots
Walking shots examples
The 180 degree rule
Edit the shots
EXERCISE Walking shots
12 tips for shooting and editing Vertical Video
Project - Vertical Video
Log and Capture
Build a shot list
Project: Walkthrough
Writing to Pictures- Master lesson
Script formats and writing style
Script writing tips
Recording Voice-over narration
Audio edits in iMovie
A digital mic for clean voice-overs
Intro to The Treehouse - FINALIST in the ONE WORLD FIM CONTEST
The Treehouse film screening
BTS: Treehouse Explained - How this was shot and edited in the treehouse
Final Project

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Thank you Robb and WANINFRA.This course is very helpful

Mobile Journalism Course

Valerie Koga , 6 months ago

Excellent Course- Digital story telling

TIRUS WAINAINA , 1 year ago

The course was an excellent one. The moderator/lecturer is an experinced and very professional. I would like to learn more. Time was limited for me but the much i gained was more than helpful in my work. I will use the skills learnt to make my work more successful and productive. Many thanks to our HQ team for organizing and funding the course. To Mr. Rob - You are the best! Job well done!

What's included

  • 124 Video Lessons
  • 11 Text 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 – New York & London). He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and former newspaper editor (Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune).

He teaches the certificate course in Digital Storytelling for the public information officers of the United Nations and trains reporters from CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, Channel News Asia, Belgian Public Television, Russ Media, Al Jazeera, and Singapore Press Holdings. 

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 holds a b.a. in Journalism (1990 - Eastern Illinois University).

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.