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Mobile Video Storytelling with Videolicious: A Digital Tools Tutorial

About This Course

Nearly all reporters have the power to become effective visual journalists by shooting video with a smartphone or tablet. Capturing video is easy, but getting started with putting it into comprehensible and compelling video stories can be daunting.

In this session we’ll walk through examples of how reporters can effectively leverage the portability and connectedness of their mobile devices to shoot, edit and post video stories right from where news is happening in a way that appeals directly to their audience online. Then we'll demonstrate how you can use Videolicious as a tool for editing raw footage into a complete video story that can be posted directly to the web, all in just a matter of minutes. Please note that Videolicious requires iOS 7.0 or later and was compatible only with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at the time this webinar was recorded. It has since been made available for Android devices.

This training event is part of a series on digital tools in partnership with the American Press Institute and The Poynter Institute, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

See more tools at Poynter's home for digital tools: Try This! — Tools for Journalism.

What Will I Learn?

  • What types of stories are best suited for telling with mobile video.
  • How to plan for reporting video stories with a smartphone or tablet.
  • Best practices for reporting video stories with a smartphone or tablet.
  • How to structure a mobile video story.
  • Methods for editing mobile video stories using Videolicious.
  • How to post and position your video stories for your audience.

Who Should Take this Course?

Reporters, editors, journalism students and anyone interested in taking advantage of the power of video as a storytelling tool, using the device they're probably already carrying in their pocket.

Course Instructor

Alan Haburchak

Alan Haburchak

Alan Haburchak is Director of Video Evangelism at Videolicious, as well as a member of the faculty at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. At Videolicious, he has helped journalists at newspapers, magazines and TV stations throughout the US get started creating videos in a sustainable way – leveraging interviews they’ve already scheduled and events they’re already attending to add a video layer to their journalism in the most time-efficient ways possible.

Prior to Videolicious, Alan worked in China as Multimedia Editor and Senior Producer for Caixin Online, and also in New York as a multimedia journalist for


The Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change.

Training Partner

American Press Institute

American Press Institute

The American Press Institute conducts research and training, convenes thought leaders and creates tools to help chart a path for journalism in the 21st century. The organization was founded in 1946 with the mission to help the news industry fulfill the purpose of the First Amendment, sustaining a free press in the public interest. That mission continues today.

This $30 course is free thanks to the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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