Smartphone journalism

This smartphone journalism course is designed to enable candidates to become confident producers and users of video as a significant element of online storytelling, using a smartphone. 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.

The course is delivered on Zoom and divided into two sessions:

A. Setting up the story and filming

B. Editing and publishing the story

The course can be delivered in two separate sections each of about two-and-a-half-hour duration, or one five-hour session.

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 both sessions for £115+VAT or either individual session for £65.50+VAT.

Both sessions

A: Wednesday, 10 November 17:00 - 19:00

B: Thursday, 11 November 17:00 - 19:00

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A: Setting up and filming

Wednesday, 10 November 17:00 - 19:00

  • 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 stories suitable for video and the importance of strong central characters who are enthusiastic and appealing.
  • 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. We will look at different conventions of shooting video for websites such as YouTube, and social media, such as Instagram. 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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B: Editing and publishing

Thursday, 11 November 17:00 - 19:00

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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