Topics covered in the Irish Academy’s Mobile Journalism (MoJo) Course
Our Diploma in Mobile Journalism has ten modules. You can complete one non-production module each week (there are six) but you have two weeks to complete each of the production modules (there are also four of these).
We send you text modules which contain links to specially created video and audio resources which enhance your learning experience. This exclusive content gives you professional insights, opinions and advice. The questions in each module test your ability to apply the skills you are learning. This is real world stuff.
Module 1: Journalism’s evolution to multi-media platforms.
We explore the background to the development of journalism and its evolution into multi-media platforms. We also look at how journalists operate.
Module 2: Building contacts & staying up to date with information.
We list the tips and tricks journalists use to stay on top of the latest information, and show how you can build a solid contact list of those media outlets that will be interested in your material.
Module 3: How journalists use social media.
We review how journalists use social media to present their information to their audience, and look at some content marketing initiatives.
Module 4: Content Creation - getting quotes & copy from interviews.
Journalists use specific techniques during interviews to draw out the information they’re seeking. We teach you how to use those techniques to provide the best quotes for use in copy, radio and TV clips.
Module 5: Photojournalism using a smartphone.
In this module, we offer steps on how to shoot the best still photos with your smartphone, including how to take a great photograph, edit it, publish it to social media and offer it to media outlets.
Module 6: How to use audio for Radio.
In this first of two modules, we explore how radio news operates, the various styles of news stories radio journalists compile, and how to use your smartphone to record interviews and other sound bytes.
Module 7: how to create and place audio content with news media.
This second module teaches you how to produce and edit quality sound pieces, how to place them on social media and offer them to the news media.
Module 8: How to use video for Television.
This first of two modules explores the operation of television news and the types of material used by TV stations. We also teach you the techniques necessary to record high quality video.
Module 9: How to produce and edit video content for Television.
This second video production module teaches you how to produce and edit video clips, of broadcast quality, and offer them to the news media.
Module 10: Final Project.
You will combine your knowledge into a final production on one topic of your choice. You will build a portfolio of a newspaper-style story, still photos, a video story of between one and two minutes, and a radio story with an audio clip.
In olden days, journalists decided which branch of media they wanted to work in and they then specialized in print or broadcast. In the 21st century, it’s all about mobile journalism. Nowadays journalism involves a mixture of excellent writing skills, photojournalism, some video production, definitely content marketing and some interview packaging skills for both TV and radio. That’s a lot of expertise packed into one individual reporter.
How did it happen? The smartphone gave journalists the ability to record visual footage and audio clips, and take still photographs.
It has also given journalists the ability to earn money, across several media platforms, from the same story. It has revolutionised the industry. This mobile journalism course is, undoubtedly, one upskilling course that every journalist should take.
Learning from experienced Mobile Journalism professionals
When you start studying with us, you get your own personal tutor who works with you until you complete your course. Our tutors are Journalists, working across platforms in an ever changing media environment. They have vast knowledge. They love to share their expertise. They enjoy interacting with students. They are generous with their time and their advice. They are also very useful contacts for you! Read More
Mobile Journalism (MoJo) – a course at the cutting edge of modern media
This course was introduced in 2014. We’ve taught people from a mix of different backgrounds and countries. Some work in journalism, others in PR. All have a burning desire to find out how to maximise the value of their smartphones to create good quality content. This course teaches you how to create that vital content marketing text, audio and video that every business is looking for.
We rock! Our graduates love us – and they’re not shy about telling the world. Check out our testimonials. These are videos from real people who took our courses. Watch what they have to say about us. Read More
Fast-Track your MoJo Qualification
There are ten modules on this course. Most people complete one module per week for six modules, and one module per fortnight for the four production modules. They graduate after 3.5 months. They take the fast-track.
But we know that unexpected things happen. You might get an opportunity to travel, find that you are expecting a baby or need time to care for a relative, so we allow you one year to complete the course. Whatever the reason – our flexible policy allows you to take the time out that you need, and return to your studies when you are ready.
A broad range of innovative and proven Mobile Journalism Course Materials
This course is about maximising the content creation capabilities of your smartphone and making it work for you a journalist. The course gives you an opportunity to not only learn about the theory, but to also put it into practice. This course has production modules which get you recording and filming, on your smartphone, and submitting it to your tutor for evaluation. This is a practical course with combines photojournalism, video production and content marketing into one coherent package which will help you realise your full potential as a journalist.