Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Mobile Storytelling introduces students to a new mobile content creation medium, where smartphone tools and literacies enable them to create and publish cross-platform broadcast-quality video stories. Using their smartphone as a new digital pen, students develop, research, write, produce and publish user-generated stories (UGS). These skills are indispensable in the convergent workflows currently driving production online, in news, TV, advertising, public relations and across community and education sectors. Moreover we explore the impact of smart technologies on global connectivity and discuss their value as change agents for promoting civic-minded ideals and a sustainable democratic public sphere. This practical unit develops the skills introduced in MIN1MME and introduces program making concepts further developed in MIN3PDM. The skills define a new field of hand-held communication that addresses commercial imperatives and La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential, an appreciation of how we live and work in an interconnected world, across cultures and borders and with diverse communities, now and in the future.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorIvo Burum

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 60 credit points of level one subjects or coordinators approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Mojo - the mobile journalism handbook

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorBurum, Ivo and Quinn, S





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Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
COMMUNICATION - Digital Capability
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Distinguish and choose between the varied uses of smartphones and their impact on visual media used in journalism and citizen journalism.
02. Evaluate existing mobile video stories including those created around news and civic minded ideals, for their structural (editorial, content, style, genre and quality and technical components, to define a style(sand language.
03. Use mobile tools and associated apps to record appropriate video and audio shots, sequences for use in broadcast quality user generated stories.
04. Plan, write and narrate basic visuals and audio grabs according to a structured script to tell the video story.
05. Edit, post-produce and publish mobile user generated stories with a commercial and when required a local civic minded focus across various mobile and legacy workflows.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorIvo Burum

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Assessment 1: Student will create a synopsis and a brief for Ass 2 (1200 word equiv) We will assess the ability to critically evaluate a concept and develop a synopsis and outline (one line, one par, one page) that includes an analysis of the story, characters, structure, content. legal and production parameters.N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2
Assessment 2: Produce a mobile story based on the synopsis (1200 word equiv) We will asses an ability to develop the synopsis into a story, use equipment to produce edit and publish that story and in doing so, assess their comprehension of the variousN/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
Assessment 3: Work with group to develop & produce a series of stories around a theme (1600 word equiv) Assessing the ability to work individually and with a group to utilise skills learned in Ass 1 and 2 to produce a series of thematically linked stories.N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5