Telling Stories with a smartphone

Sharp-shooting on a shoestring: Making news with a smartphone

Dates: 4 – 6 December 2018
Cost: KSh 20,000

As many communications specialists and freelance journalists know, you no longer need sophisticated, expensive equipment to tell compelling stories. All you need is a smartphone – your all-purpose storytelling device.

This two-and-a-half-day course is a highly interactive, hands-on workshop that will leave participants fully equipped to tell stories with a smart phone. You’ll learn how to create compelling video, how to edit, how to take photos, and even how to record your own podcasts.

These skills open up new vistas of opportunity. You’ll now be able to do work with your smartphone to produce powerful narratives that are also technically sound. And you’ll be more nimble in storytelling, which is especially important in this age of lightning-fast news cycles.


Frenny Jowi

Frenny Jowi is a multitalented multimedia journalist and trainer who spent four years with the BBC and currently runs her own media consulting firm. Frenny has been nominated for several Annual Journalism Excellence Awards in Kenya, and she has done training in East Africa, Europe, and Asia. She has been a producer, radio presenter, and reporter who has covered a variety of specialties, including technology, the environment, arts and culture, business, and politics. She also is an expert in social media trends and strategy.

  • how to take clear, crisp photos with your smartphone.
  • how to take powerful videos.
  • how to edit your video.
  • how to use your smartphone for podcasting.
  • how to produce breathtaking cinematography.
  • how to use your smartphone to conduct interviews.
  • how to make one smartphone shoot work for multiple clients.

Communications professionals and free-lance journalists who are eager to learn how to use their smartphones to create content for their organizations and for media outlets.

Participants will look at lots of examples, get in lots of practice, and receive lots of feedback during the workshop. To make sure everyone gets enough individual attention, we’ll limit the workshop to 10 participants.

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December 4, 2018
3 Days


Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications, 9 West, 7th Floor, Mkungu Cl, Nairobi, Kenya
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This is an introductory course, so no prior video production experience is required. However, applicants must:
Bring a smartphone.
Be comfortable with learning new equipment and software.
Possess basic computer literacy and skills.
Be proficient in English.
Optional: If you have a tripod, microphone and power bank, please bring them along as we want you to be as self-sufficient as possible.

Additional information

Parking is available onsite.
Lunch plus morning and afternoon tea are provided.
Certificates will be issued for attendance and participation in this course.