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On Demand


Mobile Journalism: How to use your phone to produce great videos and build a social audience (February 4 – March 3)

This self-directed course features content from the Knight Center for Journalism in the America’s massive open online course (MOOC) titled “Mobile Journalism: How to use your phone to produce great videos and build a social audience.” This four-week course took place from February 4 to March 3, 2019. We are now making the content free and available to students who took the course and anyone else who is interested in learning how to discover amazing stories online, capture and edit videos with your phone and build engagement strategies so your content travels online.

The course, which was supported by the Knight Foundation, was taught by Yusuf Omar. He created and curated the content for the course, which includes video classes, readings, exercises, and more.

The course materials are broken up into four modules:

  • Module 1: How to find amazing stories online and from around the world, using the latest techniques and tools to discover and verify user-generated content.
  • Module 2: This is all about social publishing and how to capture the best possible content with your phone. A few small tips can make a really big difference in producing professional quality videos with the device you already own.
  • Module 3: Edit the video you created in Module 1 and 2, and get it ready for various social media platforms. We’ll go from the storyboarding and scripting process, all the way to exporting.
  • Module 4: You’ve done all the hard work, made an amazing mobile video. Now it’s time to share, share, share. The audience isn’t just going to come to you; we need the story to find them! This module shares the secrets of optimizing your content for social platforms and ensuring your stories bubble to the top of people’s social media timelines.

As you review this resource page, we encourage you to watch the videos, review the readings, and complete the exercises as time allows. The course materials build off each other, but the videos and readings also act as standalone resources that you can return to over time.

We hope you enjoy the materials. If you have any questions, please contact us at journalismcourses@austin.utexas.edu.

yusufYusuf Omar is a multi-award winning journalist and Co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, a TEDx speaker, former CNN Senior Social Media Reporter on Snapchat and former Mobile Editor at the Hindustan Times in India where he empowered 750 journalists to tell stories with the phones. He has been a foreign correspondent with just his phone since 2010 and covered the Syrian civil war. In 2018 he Co-founded Hashtag Our Stories, a global video publisher focused on people changing their world. They’ve trained communities in over 40 countries to tell stories with their phones and create daily news shows on social media platforms.

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
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Austin, TX, 78712

Phone: 512-471-1391

Email: journalismcourses@austin.utexas.edu