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MAJaC course in mobile journalism

MAJaC course in mobile journalism

On two courses, Gambian journalists and communicators learned to tell stories with their smartphone. The course was popular among the participants, but the level was lower than expected.

At a time when our mobile phones are becoming more and more advanced, journalists around the world get new opportunities like video reporters – out in the field with no equipment other than a smartphone.
Smartphones are widespread in the Gambia, but without the right techniques, mobile journalism can seem both difficult and unmanageable.

Learn to Shoot The
Media Academy for Journalism and Communication (MAJaC) wants to make it easier for journalists and communicators to grab the phone and shoot and edit a video report. Therefore, in June, MAJaC offered two three-day courses in Mobile Video Reporting.
The courses were aimed at journalists from print media and permanent communications staff and had to teach participants:
• filming and recording sound without equipment other than a smartphone
• using basic tools known from visual storytelling
• editing video with a smart phone
• writing and recording a voice practice

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