Video Journalism master-class - Full course

The definitive, comprehensive, professional introduction to Video Journalism, as used by the professional broadcasters.

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A fully comprehensive, award-winning training course that takes you from the very basics of filmmaking: what kit you need, how to approach the filming, identifying the story, what to shoot, how to film the interviews and how to get the best shots out of the camera. Specifically aimed at beginners or early professionals using a professional or semi-professional camcorder, this course helps filmmakers shooting for news, documentaries, corporates for online or mainstream network broadcast.

Based on the same course used by professional broadcasters around the world, organisations such as the BBC, Archant, Press Association, Al Jazeera and others, this course won the EDF Creative Media Award for its contribution to video journalism for BBC staff.


Anyone wanting to become a professional video journalist, or any established video journalist wanting to improve their skills to become more employable or to simply make better films.


The course can be used as a stand alone master-class, but if you have access to a small, digital broadcast camera you may find it useful to work along in parallel with your camera and kit.


To bring any self-shooter, video journalist, self-shoot producer or shoot-edit cameraman to a level of professionalism that would make them employable by any mainstream global broadcaster.

Your Instructor

Dean Arnett
Dean Arnett

Dean Arnett is a former BBC Academy media trainer and internationally award winning self-shoot documentary and corporate video producer.

He has shot, edited and produced documentaries for BBC, Discovery, BBC World, Amazon Prime, Al Jazeera and others. He has shot, edited and produced corporate videos for big global brands including; Dropbox, Oracle, ServiceNow, Orange, Microsoft, Casio and many others.

Dean Arnett has extensive broadcast and production experience. He travels the world sharing these skills through a variety of media training courses and workshops. He has a large portfolio of broadcast and corporate clients including; the BBC, ITV, STV, Facebook, MediaCorp, Financial Times, Press Association. Thomson Foundation, BBC Media Action, the Frontline Club and many others.

Dean Arnett particularly specialises in craft and story telling courses. He has been delivering camera and edit training for over 15 years, MoJo smartphone filming training for over 12 years and documentary and storytelling training for the last 10 years.

Dean Arnett has created ground breaking processes for helping producers find the essence and heart of a story that will compel and engaging audiences. This technique has demonstrated a day and night transformation for those newsrooms and broadcasters who have adopted it.

Course Curriculum

  Session 1 - Lone Filmmaking
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  Session 5 - Semi-automatic
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  Session 11 - Crossing the line
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  Session 14 - What next?
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Courses Included with Purchase

Lighting master-class
Lighting for a self-shooter, kit, technique, tips and tricks to light like a pro
1 Course Bundle

Original Price: $75

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Who is this course designed for?

This is for anyone wanting to work in news or documentaries as a professional Video Journalist. This course has also been delivered, around the world, to existing V.J.s wanting to improve their skills and work

What is the content and style of this course?

The course is a video based presentation with some downloadable content. It is based on a syllabus developed for the BBC that structure and content has been augmented with independent industry knowledge and info.

Do I need any equipment to do this course?

It's aimed at V.J.s who shoot with a small, broadcast spec camera, but you don't need one to benefit from this course.

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