International Festival of Journalism
Singapore Press Holdings
organized by WAN-IFRA Asia
Montgomery has designed a master series of lessons and courses that teach all aspects of mobile video journalism to teachers, professionals and media students.
The Smart Film School has more than 125 video lessons that teach the latest in mobile storytelling methods.
These courses are used to train correspondents at CNN and The New York Times to stay current in mobile journalism techniques.
I am sharing some of the creative mobile visual media produced by journalist participants in a three-hour smartphone workshop in Warsaw.
I shared the three main concepts for telling good stories for mobile media creation: Training, Technology and Editorial workflows. This is the S.M.A.R.T. tripod - a stable method for integrating mobile-first journalism habits into newsrooms, and having them stick.
A pic from @robbmontgomery's 'your smartphone is your newsroom' workshop at #djd13 pic.twitter.com/xcU4pUbRhA
— Sarah Marshall (@SarahMarshall3) October 4, 2013
This three-hour Warsaw training event, sponsored by Google and Gazeta, is a mini-version of the multi-day training mobile-first workshops I have produced recently for reporters in Prague, Moscow, Tbilisi, Zagreb and Bishkek.
These workshops include a mix of lecture, demo and field reporting exercises that help mobile storytellers grasp and develop skills around the fundamental building blocks of visual multimedia.
I love to lead workshops where I get to challenge teams of journalists to experiment with design concepts, new tools and visual storytelling techniques.
The results can be wildly imaginative as they experience new possibilities under ridiculous deadline pressure.
Because of our limited time, I focused the tech on using a couple of apps and their related Web sites.
- 360 Panorama by Occipital is the best app for capturing immersive panorama images.
- Thinglink is a dead-simple tool for adding rich media hotspots to images
The training focused on the keys to building visual stories. For example using sequences to establish subjects, change locations, show processes and reveal detail.
And then we explored the value of workflows that support Web-native interactions like rich media mashups.
And then I gave them a 30 minutes to form teams and swarm a story idea with their smartphones.
When they returned I gave them 45 minutes to edit, upload and share it on a Tumblr sandbox.
These example are proofs of concept, and they show the teams really embracing the ideas about the creative types of story forms properly trained and outfitted journalists can produce in the field with mobile tools.
Panorama + Video + Rich Media hotspots
Photo story telling - Sequences