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Before the Covid19 lockdowns I delivered most training in face-to-face workshops. Whether it was mobile video, social media or journalism, online learning was seen as a last resort or poor substitute. With lockdowns all that changed. There was no other option but to use platforms like Zoom for live training, as well as learning platforms for recorded training video courses. What has been interesting is the changing attitude towards online learning. Naturally it poses some challenges, but it also creates amazing opportunities. No longer did we have to find a venue for international participants to fly into, with all the cost, time and

I often get asked why so many broadcasters, newspapers, NGOs and businesses want mobile journalism training. The actual answer is that there are a number of reasons, but you can boil them down to a few core trends. These trends are converging to make it a no-brainer to get your entire team trained up to create high-quality video and multi-media content on their phones. I put together this short video below to explain why mobile journalism is now a MUST. Let me know your thoughts by tweeting me @markeganvideo or email me mark.egan@purplebridgemedia.tv Mark Egan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWMfU9wyXXQ

Sometimes you see something and in that moment you realise the game has changed. That is what happened to me at the Mojocon conference in Dublin recently. Besides all the excellent speakers, there was a room full of exhibitors showing the latest apps and accessories.  A whole industry has sprung up aimed at people who create content using smartphones and tablets.  Among them were two tables showing video editing apps, one for iOS devices and the other for Android. First I went to the Luma Touch stand. Here I found out that their video editing app Pinnacle Studio Pro will soon get a major

We are offering a two-day course on shooting and editing on iPhones and iPads for Media and Marketing professionals.   You will learn how to get the best out of your mobile device, what shots to get, how to record good audio and what makes a video look professional and engaging. It will be in London on 13 and 14 July 2015.  Places are limited so if you want training in shooting video on your iPhone or iPad please sign up now. Click here for details         http://www.eventbrite.com/e/shoot-and-edit-video-on-iphonesipads-for-media-and-marketing-professionals-tickets-17223597243

If there is one thing I have learned in my time in the media industry, it's that if you do not update your skills consistently, your days are numbered.   For those who do not think EVERYONE needs to learn video skills, this is a wake-up call.   There was a time when broadcasters had typing pools.  Specialist typists would work on typewriters so that programmes could have scripts and any other written documents they needed.  Can you imagine a newsroom today that would accept a journalist who could not even type their own script?  Typing is now a baseline skill that everyone

There is a tipping point at which a movement really takes off.  The Mojocon 2015 conference in Dublin felt like just such a pivotal moment.  Hosted by RTE,  it brought together mobile journalists, filmmakers and media professionals from around the globe.  Here are just 7 things that struck me in the two days I was at Mojocon. 1. It's not just about iPhones             (Neill Barham, Filmic Pro) One big scoop from Mojocon was an announcement by Neill Barham, the man behind the Filmic Pro App. He said they were testing an Android equivalent of the app which gives users a professional level of control over the camera

In late March delegates will come from around the world to attend MojoCon in Dublin.  It is billed as the first international conference focusing on mobile journalism, mobile filmmaking and mobile photography.  Glen Mulcahy from Irish Broadcaster RTE has been the driving force behind it and its timing could not be better.  MojoCon marks what you could say is the "coming of age" of mobile journalism.  Journalists have been using their mobile devices to create content for a few years, but it is now really becoming an integral part of news-gathering for a number of reasons: 1. Better devices The early smartphones may have blown us

                            Last week CNN cameraman, Harvey Hogan, shot a video designed to compare an iPhone 6 camera with his normal broadcast news camera. Well, I say "designed to compare", but let's face it, if you were a cameraman would you be too keen to make the iPhone look good? I train journalists and media professionals to get the best results from shooting on their smartphones and this video was a missed opportunity to do a real comparison. I do not think this CNN cameraman really wanted to show the iPhone's camera at its best. In fact, Harvey chose pretty much the worst case scenario

When it comes to mobile journalism, we must remember that the iPhone is a tool, not an end in itself. You can do everything from high-end broadcast video, right through to simple social media videos. Here are some examples of how journalists around the world are using iPhones. Al Jazeera's "People and Power" programme aired an entire documentary shot on smartphones. Syria is a difficult place to operate as a journalist, so they used an iPhone so they could blend in. http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2012/03/201231213549186607.html SKY News managed to cover flooding in a challenging location, because the journalist was able to shoot and edit video on his iPhone, before