Mobile Journalism/filmmaking

1 day Class

Introduction in to Mobile Journalism/Filmmaking 

Cape Town 

mobile journalism cape town


Many more people in Africa use mobile phones than in any part of the world. Mobile phone usage in Africa has increased dramatically over the past 5 years, but there is still potential for enormous growth. Most of these mobile phones have a camera function, which makes it possible for millions to tell their own visual stories.

As news consumption moves from print to pixels, journalists have to learn new skills and approaches to their craft. This highly practical course, led by Dominique Vandenhoudt, will teach you how to record video and audio to create high-quality content.

During the course, you’ll get involved in exercises where you record and edit footage using your mobile phone. You’ll also learn some of the theory behind filmmaking and some key cinematography tips to help your video news stories stand out from the crowd.


Course content

  • Visual storytelling
  • Using the Filmic Pro app
  • How to build a sequence
  • How to use cinematography techniques to bring your content to life
  • Editing your content using apps
  • Adding titles, audio and still pictures in the iMovie app
  • Practical exercises: the course includes different assignments.
  • Q&A, groupwork and discussion

This course is for you if…

  • You want to learn how to create compelling videos for social media on your mobile phone.
  • You’re a journalist of any level who wants to learn how to use your mobile phone as a multimedia device
  • You work in PR and want to learn how to record events or conferences using a mobile phone.
  • You work for a NGO and would like to learn how to record work ‘in the field’ for your organisation’s website or social media

Course preparation

Attendees must bring their own mobile phone.

Tutor profile

Dominique Vandenhoudt is the founder and director of Media-Academy SA who have for the last 5 years been training multimedia students as well as professionals in the field of Video Journalism.  He has trained staff from numerous local and international companies, government departments, newspapers as well other training academies throughout Africa. Media-Academy is affiliated with the New York Video School founded by Micheal Rosenblum who is considered the ‘Guru of Video Journalism’ and who has grown the New York Video School to one of the largest and most highly respected training academies in the world.

In 2011 Dominique organised the “Mobile Filmmakers Lab” in cooperation with the Cape Winelands festival, a first in South-Africa and later in that year he produced a series of tutorials on how to shoot on a mobile phone for
Media Academy is becoming the specialist on this topic in South-Africa:
Shooting Mobile Phone Content, a 3-week training in cooperation with bozza and the Durban Film Office
Green Ambassadors ( Mobile phone Journalism training) shooting and editing on the iPhone training in cooperation with Meshfield.
2015: Flow Program (MoJo training) shooting and editing on iPhone in cooperation with Meshfield.


course fee: R2000


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