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Mobile Storytelling

This hands-on microcredential course empowers you to use smartphones for professional filmmaking and digital content creation. The course keeps pace with established and emerging digital technologies and aligns with how they are being applied in an industry that is constantly evolving and reshaping itself to meet consumer needs. You will exploit mobile technologies to create compelling digital narratives – across platforms – in which the story (and user) are central.

This course is for anyone who wants to use smartphones and mobile workflows for video storytelling; from the novice with little to no broadcast experience, to seasoned video practitioners. It is structured logically so each module informs the next: from essential mobile gear and how to use it, and what apps to use and how to use them, to planning, filming and editing the story in a mobile-only workflow.

The course is presented as a series of instructional videos, interviews with working mobile journalists from around the globe, textual and visual information, links, practical examples, and exercises.    

This course is available to complete online at any time via our high-quality learner platform. The self-paced delivery gives you the flexibility to work around your other commitments.

Meet your course instructor

Rob Layton

Rob Layton teaches mobile journalism and iPhone photography at Bond University. He is undertaking a PhD in mobile journalism ('mojo') via a documentary about Gold Coast surf culture, in which he further specialises in using mobile devices in the ocean.

His expertise has led him to work with and be published by Apple, Google, News Corp, and Al Jazeera, among others, and he trains journalists and content creators around the world in how to use their phones professionally. He was a career journalist, specialising in online and digital production, before becoming a full-time journalism educator on the back of a textbook he wrote, designed and published for Palgrave Macmillan called Editing and News Design. It was required reading at most Australian universities.

 

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Meet your course instructor, Rob Layton
  • This course will benefit those who want to harness the power of a smartphone to shoot, edit and share industry-standard video stories.

  • As a manager and/or business owner, we appreciate that you value the continuous professional development of your staff. We also recognise the importance of convenient, relevant and timely learning opportunities. At the completion of this microcredential, course participants should be able to: 

    • Build their own smartphone filmmaking kit
    • Explore established and emerging technologies for mobile storytelling
    • Refine story ideas, identify story angles and make a comprehensive plan for filming
    • Apply learning to film and edit industry-standard video stories within a mobile-only workflow
    • Understand the publishing requirements for different social media platforms
  • At the completion of this microcredential, course participants should be able to:

    • Build their own smartphone filmmaking kit
    • Explore established and emerging technologies for mobile storytelling
    • Refine story ideas, identify story angles and make a comprehensive plan for filming
    • Apply learning to film and edit industry-standard video stories within a mobile-only workflow
    • Understand the publishing requirements for different social media platforms

    Upon successful completion, you will receive a digital Certificate of Achievement in recognition of your new competencies.

As a manager and/or business owner, we appreciate that you value the continuous professional development of your staff. We also recognise the importance of convenient, relevant and timely learning opportunities. At the completion of this microcredential, course participants should be able to: 

  • Build their own smartphone filmmaking kit
  • Explore established and emerging technologies for mobile storytelling
  • Refine story ideas, identify story angles and make a comprehensive plan for filming
  • Apply learning to film and edit industry-standard video stories within a mobile-only workflow
  • Understand the publishing requirements for different social media platforms

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