Mobile journalism: Shooting, editing and publishing

This mobile journalism course is designed to enable candidates to become confident producers and users of video as a significant element of online storytelling. They will understand what makes a story suitable for video and learn the technical skills required to shoot, edit, and publish video and audio online.

Attendees will learn how to research, film and structure stories in the edit. 

In addition to using basic film grammar to tell stories that have an impact, participants will also learn practical editing skills. 

Technical equipment that will enable more effective filming with mobile devices will also be discussed. 

Training is delivered on Zoom and divided into two sessions:

09.30 - 12.30: Setting up and filming

13.30 - 16.30: Editing and publishing

Mark Handscomb is a self-shooting producer and director for broadcast television who has made numerous films for all major broadcasters for over 25 years. 

This involved researching, filming and editing a wide range of news and documentary style films that were shot everywhere from the Arctic Circle to the jungles of Rwanda.

Since 2008, Mark has taught storytelling on film, using mobile phones, at several universities in Britain and France. 

Mark is an examiner for the NCTJ's journalism for a digital audience, videojournalism for online and broadcast journalism modules, and continues to work on his own film based projects.  

Book onto the entire day for £110+VAT or either half-day session for £62.50+VAT.

All day pass

09.00 - 16.30

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Morning session: Setting up and filming

09.30 - 12.30

  • What makes a story suitable for video?
    The essence of visual storytelling is show and tell. For a visual story to have impact, you must be able to see it. We will look at identifying characters and stories suitable for video.
  • Filming
    Candidates will learn how to set up their mobile phone so that it can be used to film video effectively. We will look at different filming techniques and learn how to frame shots of people and things, knowing how and when to use different shot sizes; how to frame interviews and shoot sequences to tell the story in a visual way. We will also discuss various filming apps and equipment.
  • Interviewing
    Candidates will learn how to elicit the most effective answers from interviewees. They will understand the importance of audio, particularly when using mobile phones to acquire material, and understand the benefit of an additional microphone for recording interviews.

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Afternoon session: Editing and publishing

13.30 - 16.30

Candidates will learn the conventions that are used to work effectively with film. These include:

  • the order in which the different elements of a factual film should be edited
  • editing techniques
  • the use of filmed sequences to tell the story in visual way
  • using voice over commentary and on-screen text
  • how to export video from the editing software for it to be viewed on a website or mobile device

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