Going mobile: The smartphone is your Swiss Army Knife for powerful newsgathering

The smartphone is a powerful newsgathering tool. It allows you to feed raw or edited video material on location, create quality video content and even report live into your programmes.

This is hugely important in a breaking story situation. Whether it is edited packages or short videos for social media, journalists need to have these skills.

This course is part of the EBU Academy Regional Learning Hubs. You will learn how to get the best video quality out of your phone, the basic shots you need and how to edit video using an app on your phone.

You will also understand why live-streaming is so important and how to get the best results when streaming from your phone.

Who it's for

  • 35 journalists in total - 10 from Poland, 4 from Estonia, 4 from Lithuania, 4 from Latvia, 4 from Belarus , 4 from Ukraine. 5 seats from the Solidarity EU programme.
  • Journalists with NO previous mobile journalism training.
  • Producers with NO previous mobile journalism training.
  • Social media and communications managers with NO previous mobile journalism training.

Equipment needed by participants

Smartphone with at least 2 gb free storage. Earphones.

Skills learnt and delivered during the course:

Audience - Connect and interact with mobile audiences in real time in a targeted, personalized and automated way via mobile.

Digital newsgathering - Use the smart phone to be the first with the news and have the latest and compelling video content. Provide live feed news.

Innovation - Mobile Journalism requires new workflows for storytelling and working practices.

Mobile - A Mobile Journalist or MOJO uses portable devices for gathering, shooting, live broadcasting, editing or sharing news. News can be sent to the newsroom or can be shared directly on social media.

Social - Create relevant and compelling video content for social platforms.

Course objectives

To get an understanding of mobile journalism and learn the following skills:

  • Methods to shoot quality video on smartphones
  • Understand the apps and accessories you need for your workflow
  • How to edit a simple video on your smartphone.


Day 1: from 09:30 to 17:00

Day 2: from 09:30 to 17:00

Content outline


Morning session 09:30 - 12:30

  • Introduction
  • Why mobile is so important to news organizations
  • Examples of content shot on smartphones
  • The basics of shooting smartphone video
  •  The very basics of equipment
  • The Camera apps you need to take your videos to a higher level.

Afternoon breakout sessions(including exercises) 13:30 - 17:00 

  • 13:30 - 15:00 - Option 1: Editing Apps for iOS Option 2 Editing apps for Android
  • 15:15 - 16:15 - Option 1: How to shoot an interview with a smartphone Option 2: Apps to quickly create engaging social media content
  • 16:15 - 17:00 - Screen content created during the exercises with feedback.


Morning session 09:30 - 12:30

  • Introduction
  • Why live-streaming must be part of your strategy
  • The basics of streaming live from your phone
  • What content works with social media streaming
  •  Equipment that will improve the quality of your live-streams
  • Ethical issues with live streaming.

Afternoon breakout sessions 13:30 - 17:00 

  • 13:30 - 15:00 - How to structure a successful live (participants divided into 2 smaller groups for more one-to-one support during the exercises)
  • 15:15 - 16:15 - Multi-camera and multi-person live-streams for a more professional look ( participants divided into 2 smaller groups for more one-to-one support during the exercises)
  • 16:15 - 16:50 - Screen content created during the exercises with feedback
  • 16:50 - 17:00 - Wrap-up.

Faculty members


Audience Digital newsgathering Innovation Mobile Social


14 - 15 May 2019


Polish Radio, Warsaw


Best Western Portos Hotel (13 to 15 May 2019)

20 single rooms for PLN 285 with breakfast per night

10 double rooms for PLN 315 with breakfast per night

The blocking of rooms will be cancelled on 12 May 2019. After this date, subject to the availability of free rooms, rates may change to a higher rate - so we request that participants make a reservation before 12 May 2019. Each participant will make reservations on their own, the payment in PLN will be determined individually at the stage of booking.

Contact details to the reservation department (with reference POL RADIO)

Tel: 22 207 60 00

E-mail: hotel@bwportos.pl


Adriana Popek
Biuro Współpracy z Zagranicą
Tel. +48 226459259

Additional details

No Registration Fee (Sponsored by EBU Academy)

Partners and Sponsors


Contact detail

Nathalie Labourdette
Head of EBU Academy
+41 22 717 21 46