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Learn how to transform your smartphone into a pro video camera in this intensive one-day workshop.

Mobile journalism expert Robb Montgomery will show you how to plan and film video projects, work with story subjects, and produce short video reports with your iPhone.

This course will help you:

  • Plan and produce short form video
  • Film and edit video on the smartphone
  • Frame and edit interviews and sound bites
  • Make and post video for social platforms
  • Set up the camera for best results
  • Select the best gear
  • Select the best apps
  • Use a shot pattern that simplifies video editing
  • Perform simple, but powerful video editing in iMovie
  • Produce voice over narration and write scripts
Who is this for?

This workshop is designed to serve storytellers: journalists, media educators, communications teams, new media managers, correspondents, online producers, content marketers, and video producers.

What will I learn?

When a story breaks right in front of your eyes, remember you have a powerful video camera in your pocket.

Learn how to use your phone to its full potential with this crash course in video journalism, designed to share the best mobile storytelling techniques and tricks for creating professional visual packages.

The workshop will teach the fundamentals for producing high quality video from the field with an iPhone and iPad. It focuses primarily on iOS devices, but it will also include tips and advice for Android and Windows phones.

How is this workshop run?

As with all courses, the training will have an emphasis on practical, hands-on learning.
Delegates will participate in exercises that involve interviewing, filming, editing, and sharing video with an iPhone or iPad.

What do I need?

Please bring:  An iPad or iPhone running iOS8 is recommended in order to take part in all of the exercises. A laptop is helpful for taking notes and building story packages from mobile content.

Participants will get a comprehensive list of apps, gear and accounts to set up before the workshop.

Getting there

This course takes place at The Bridge, 81 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 0NQ.

About Robb Montgomery

From designing a mobile-first newsroom in Georgia, US, to training Egyptian journalists on documentary film, Robb has fully embraced the idea of storytelling going mobile no matter the locale.

He taught visual editing and storytelling at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and at the International Academy of Journalism, and also developed the smartphone reporting training, technology and workflows used by hundreds of Radio Free Europe (RFE/RL) reporters and correspondents.

Robb is the author of A Field Guide for Mobile Journalism and a former editor at the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.

Find him on Twitter @robbmontgomery.