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.

For more information about the weekly schedule and 100 tutorial syllabus, click here.


'Mobile journalism masterclass' also includes access to the LumaFusion Video Editing Masterclass. (Valued at $200)

This bonus content teaches techniques for night shooting and includes case studies for documentary filmmaking. In the LumaFusion modules you will learn advanced editing techniques for audio ducking, voice over work, overlay graphics, animation keyframing, and making split edits for professional audio mixes.

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 5 September.

Course date: This course will commence on 20 February 2024.

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 20 February 2024.

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 Tuesday 20 February 2024 and run for six weeks.

About Robb Montgomery

Robb Montgomery is an American Mobile Journalism expert based in Berlin.

He is a former editor at the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune and the author of Smartphone Video Storytelling and Mobile Journalism textbooks.

His #Mojo documentaries have been awarded top prizes at global film festivals and he trains journalists for CNN, Reuters, WAN-IFRA, The New York Times, Journalism.co.uk, Mediacorp, MBN, Hindustan Times, SPH, Channel News Asia, InterNews, and VRT public broadcasters.

Montgomery developed the first mobile journalism training program for Radio Free Europe TV in 2011.

Since 2006 he has taught mobile journalism workshops and university courses in more than 30 countries.

He holds a b.a. 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