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Mobile Journalism Short Course

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Mobile Journalism (MOJO) is becoming increasingly important, not only within the journalism industry but across all organisations that need to capture mobile footage of an event as it unfolds, such as NGOs, PR agencies, broadcasting or social media specialists.

Why choose this course?

City, University of London is one of the most reputable universities in the area of journalism; ranking 1st in London for Communication and Media Studies, according to the Complete University Guide 2018 and due to our excellent links within the media sector, the university is able to offer exceptional courses at low cost.

Anyone with a broad interest in video production or recording with mobile phones could also benefit. The one-day workshop, held in central London will take you through best practice of smartphone videography to make a story stand out.

Course overview

More and more journalists are now using their smartphone as an electronic news gathering device as online magazines and newspapers increasingly expect reporters to add multimedia content to their story.

Smartphones have become a key tool for capturing stories, but it is difficult to create high-quality video that will stand out from the crowd.

City, University of London's one-day mobile journalism course is ideal for industry professionals and those with no background in journalism but looking to develop their multimedia skills using an iPhone or Android smartphone.

The course is relevant to both industry professionals and those with no background in journalism.

  • Sabrina Francis

    “ A great introduction to creating good quality videos and images using just your phone - perfect for citizen journalists or people involved in campaigning. ”

    Sabrina Francis

    Former student

  • “ I enjoyed it and wish it had been two days instead of one. ”

    Jane Whyatt

    Former student

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

The one-day mobile journalism course will teach you all you need to know to get up and running, from cinematography techniques, audio, lighting, editing, through to publishing video online.

You will also:

  • Shoot video and learn how to frame the subject correctly using well established cinematography techniques
  • Learn how to use natural lighting to illuminate and model the subject
  • Learn how to record interviews and use a microphone to get the best sound
  • Use good interview technique and learn how to edit for the sound
  • Take photographs and learn how to use picture composition and rule of thirds
  • Use audio recordings and photographs to create a slideshow
  • Learn how to edit your video clips and use an editing app to create a video news story
  • Launch video news stories online using social media and web sites.



Prerequisite knowledge

No background knowledge in journalism is required however, you should have an interest in creating stories using your smartphone.

English requirements

You should have a fluent understanding of English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

The Mobile Journalism course will be taught using a mix of presentations, demonstrations, role play, group discussions and feedback.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Related reading materials and further information will be advised by the Course Tutor.

Tutor information

  • Bill Shepherd

    Expert, Bill Shepherd, works as Production Editor at The Guardian and The Observer newspapers and is a member of the Guild of Television Camera Professionals.