Mobile journalism and video for the web training with this November


Guy Degen

Great new courses will be running on 2 and 4 November with international freelance multimedia journalist Guy Degen.

First up is ‘Introduction to video for the web’ on Wednesday 2 November, 2011.

This one day introductory course is intended to be very hands-on and will include both theory within a training room and outdoor practical filming exercises.


This course will cover:

video for the web formats

basic filming techniques

framing and composition of shots

microphones and solutions for recording quality audio

using tripods and monopods

free and low cost software for video production

tips and tricks of using small camcorders

You will leave understanding:

how to use a small camcorder effectively to record video in a variety of different situations

how to plan and produce basic video for the web formats

how to set up and record interviews

how to prepare your video for editing and compress video

the advantages and limitations of small camcorders

The training will be conducted mainly using the Kodak Zi8 camcorder but participants are also welcomed to bring their own camcorder.


Tickets are £250 + VAT. For more information and to book please visit:


Next up is ‘Using a mobile phone for reporting’ on Friday 4 November 2011.


The course is aimed at journalists and media professionals seeking to develop their skills to produce and file multimedia content using smartphones such as Android phones, Blackberry or iPhones.


The course will cover:

camera, video and audio functions/settings in mobile phones

essential kit for reporting with a mobile phone

social media apps and blogs suited to mobile reporting

free and low cost mobile phone apps for producing content

practical field reporting exercises and workflows

tips and tricks of using a mobile phone for reporting

You will leave understanding:

how to set up your mobile phone for field reporting

how to plan and produce multimedia content with a mobile phone

how to include mobile phone content in your social media streams and reporting workflow

how to use apps useful for mobile reporting

how to stream live video from a mobile phone

how to produce better video and images with a mobile phone

Tickets are £250 + VAT. For more information and to book please visit:

About Guy Degen

Guy Degen is a freelance journalist and lives in Germany. He travels widely producing video and multimedia stories for international broadcasters.


Guy is also regularly commissioned by UN agencies as a videographer to document development projects around the world.


In 2010 Guy filmed an independent documentary examining the plight of Bangladeshi migrant workers in Iraq.


Guy also mentors and trains journalists through international media development agencies including IREX Europe and the Deutsche Welle Akademie.


The BBC College of Journalism produced a video guide in its citizen journalism skills series showing how Guy uses a mobile phone for producing multimedia content.


Guy is a contributing editor of Deutsche Welle Akademie’s Africa media development blog and also blogs about his travels for the Frontline Club. You can follow Guy on Twitter: @fieldreports



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