This six-week course will guide you step-by-step through the video reporting and editing methods for mobile journalism.

Trainees will join Robb in an instructor-led, online course with a small group of trainees. The instructor joins you each week to encourage and coach you through the material. You will learn to use your smartphone for shooting, editing, interviewing, piece-to-camera recording, script writing, voice-over narration, and writing to pictures.

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

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BONUS: 'Mobile journalism masterclass' also includes a quick course on using FiLMiC Pro and LumaFusion apps.

Total course length: 24 hours (Set aside four hours per week to complete this masterclass). While the course is organised into segments over six weeks, trainees can take the course at their own pace and will have access to the course for 365 days from 26 September 2022.

Course date: This course will commence on 26 September 2022.

What will I learn in this course?

  • The fundamentals of video storytelling including techniques for creating visual content for mobile audiences.
  • How to create a range of story content and how to organise workflows using free apps and low-cost gear.

This course pack is used by students and faculty at major journalism schools in Europe and the USA and is designed to help busy professionals quickly master video storytelling fundamentals: From setting up the camera to making a mini-documentary film.

The instructor has used this material to train reporters at The New York Times, Reuters, 24SATA, AP, Mediacorp, Channel News Asia, The Straits-Times, Singapore Press Holdings, TVN24, VRT Belgium, and CNN.

Special offer: 'Mobile journalism masterclass' now also includes a quick course on using FiLMiC Pro and LumaFusion.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Report in video with your smartphone
  • Conduct professional video interviews
  • Edit video with a smartphone
  • Present stories for mobile audiences
  • Produce reporter-led stories
  • Edit videos for social platforms
  • Write a great script and record voice-over narration
  • Report character-led stories
  • Produce piece-to-camera segments
  • Produce a video from photos and a script
  • Use the best apps for video production
  • Storyboard a short video report
  • Organise visual elements into a video story

When trainees complete the online course they will receive a certificate attesting to their skills.

What you will need

People don’t need to have the latest phone or any accessories in order to take this course. This course focuses on how to use whatever mobile device you may have to do high quality reporting and storytelling. We focus on using free or low-cost apps that do not require monthly subscriptions.

This course also requires a level of self-direction.

Course timing

While the course is organised into segments over six weeks, trainees can take the course at their own pace and will have access to the course for 365 days from 26 September 2022.

Getting there

This is an online course. The training will run on The Smart Film School platform and a private community forum. This course will commence on Monday 26 September 2022 and run for six weeks, with weekly virtual meet-ups.

About Robb Montgomery

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 BA in Journalism (1990 - Eastern Illinois University).


"I'm deep into the mobile journalism masterclass and just wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying it. Thanks for putting the course together and sharing it with us."

Andrew Cleminson

"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

"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

"I've found the course really useful and am looking forward to incorporating skills learned into my own practice and teaching."

David Randles