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ABSW mobile journalism training course


Thursday 14 March 2019


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The Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, Chandos St, Marylebone, London W1G 9EB


The Association of British Science Writers ran a very successful session on mobile journalism skills at UKCJ18 and is now offering an in-depth, full-day workshop on how to use your phone to make broadcast-ready audio, video and photography, for a range of media platforms.

The workshop is offered at a subsidised rate for members and costs £100 inc VAT. You can join the ABSW to attend at member's rates so do let colleagues know and get them to register for the event as they can pay for their membership and for the training in one payment when they register.

Multimedia creation with a smartphone

Learn to create powerful audio-visual stories for broadcast, digital and social platforms with your smartphone, using apps and techniques used by journalists at the world’s top broadcasters.

Stories with powerful photos and video consistently perform better on social media. Your smartphone is the simplest tool to create this content. But which apps should you use? What equipment will you need? And what makes a great social image or video for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube?

Designed and led by former BBC journalist Corinne Podger, this intensely practical one-day workshop will teach you to create engaging, authentic multimedia using free and low-cost smartphone apps and desktop tools.

You’ll learn to take better photos and use them to make engaging social images and quote cards, and how to shoot and edit social videos and video interviews. You’ll also be shown how to optimise your content for the major social platforms. And you’ll be introduced to a range of smartphone equipment on the day so you can try before you buy.

What will the course cover?

  • Tips for taking great photos that tell a story
  • Apps to add text, quotes and animations to images to get your message across
  • Filming and editing social videos using free and low-cost smartphone apps
  • Filming a video interview or testimony with a smartphone
  • Recording broadcast quality audio for your video
  • Adding royalty-free music to your videos

What to bring with you

Delegates will need to bring a smartphone and charger/battery pack, and a set of smartphone headphones with a microphone.

About Corinne Podger

Corinne Podger has worked as a journalist for over 30 years across radio, TV and online, primarily for the BBC and Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

For the past six years she has worked as a training consultant and journalism educator, and has supported learning outcomes for more than 3000 journalists and NGO communicators. Past clients include: the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union, Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Financial Times, the World Association of Newspaper Editors, the World Health Organisation, the World Federation of Science Journalists, the British Science Museum, the European Commission, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Price Waterhouse Coopers, RMIT, Goldsmiths University, Fairfax Media, and the International News Safety Institute.

Corinne currently writes for the European Journalism Observatory and IJNet, and lectures in Digital and Mobile Journalism at the University of Melbourne. She regularly speaks at conferences including the International Journalism Festival and the International Mobile Journalism Festival.

Find out more and how to book on the ABSW website.


Further details and contact information

Sallie Robins

Tags: , science journalism, absw, professional training, video, photography, digital journalism